The Ford Escape Hybrid was the world’s first hybrid-electric SUV and was awarded the 2005 North American Truck of the Year prize. Joined by the Lexus RX 400h, Toyota Highlander and Mercury Mariner, the 2007 Escape Hybrid is among the cleanest and most fuel-efficient SUVs in the world, combining the fuel economy and emissions benefits of a “full” hybrid with the go-anywhere capability, toughness and spaciousness of an SUV.
The 2007 Escape loses its Jay Leno proboscis in favor of a more restrained and upscale nose, featuring a riff on the Blue Oval’s signature three-bar grille. A new hood and revamped bumper, along with chrome-ringed four-element headlamps are also featured. Uplevel XLT Sport and Limited trim levels benefit from reworked circular fogs and a restyled front skid plate, the latter of which receives turn-signal side mirrors.
Fresh from its 2005-model-year redesign, the fun, agile and durable Ford Escape enters 2006 with exp and ed availability of its new four-cylinder engine and two new paint colors. Escape’s style, roominess, fuel-economy and affordability continue to make it the segment leader. It is geared to active singles and couples, first-time SUV buyers, and those who desire SUV qualities in a more compact, fuel efficient package.
The Ford Escape Hybrid, launched in 2004, is a gas-electric hybrid powered version of the Ford Escape, sport utility vehicle, developed by the Ford Motor Company. Built in Kansas City, Missouri, it is the first hybrid SUV to hit the market. A similar vehicle, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid is sold by Ford’s Mercury marque, and a third variation, the Mazda Tribute Hybrid, will be sold by Mazda starting in 2006.