2010 Ford Escape Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery
Ford asks: 'are all hybrids created equal?' Well, um, no. Take, for example, the Toyota Prius. It's ultra-fuel efficient and starts at a reasonable $23,050. On the flip side, there's the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid with an EPA rating of 21 miles per gallon city and 25 mpg highway. Its price of entry starts at $67,700. Somewhere in between the Prius and the Cayenne lie the $28,340 Ford Fusion Hybrid and the $30,045 Ford Escape Hybrid.
Ford points out that recent studies have shown that some hybrid models give more bang for a buyer's buck and, according to the automaker, the Fusion Hybrid and Escape Hybrid are two vehicles that excel at doing just that. For example, Edmunds lists the Escape and Fusion hybrids as class leaders in monthly fuel cost. The gas-electric versions of both models cut monthly fuel costs by over $100 compared to competitive vehicles for what we assume is a driver putting on above-average miles.
Furthermore, CarGurus named the Escape Hybrid one of the best values in the gas-electric segment. According to the site, the Escape is one of a handful of hybrid vehicles that consumers can justify paying a premium for over the gas-only model. Of course, there are other hybrids worthy of consideration, but Ford's pair of gas-electric vehicles offer reasonably low fuel consumption without hefty price tags.
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