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#1 of 1617 Escape Hybrid
Aug 28, 2002 (6:11 pm)
I am interested in the 2003/2004 Ford Escape Hybrid. I need an small SUV or wagon with room for 2 big dogs or cargo, room for a roof rack, and capable of towing 1,000 - 2,000 lbs.
I want a vehicle with very good gas mileage (drive about 50k/year) and current SUVs and wagons aren't too good.
I have read that Ford plans on introducing it in 2003 but I don't know if it is early or late year. I also have not heard what the MSRP will be but expect it to be a few thousand more than current Escapes.
I have read that there are tax incentives for hybrids which makes it attractive.
I am a bit worried about buying such a new technology.
Anyone have any other info on this vehicle?
Aug 29, 2002 (9:08 am)
I am really looking forward to this new vehicle, it will be out a year before my wife is anticipating buying a new vehicle, this would be great for our needs, especically the power and the AWD capabilities. Are there any other manufacturers that are coming out with a Hybrid sooner or in the relative near future?
Aug 29, 2002 (9:18 am)
GM and Dodge are planning on releasing hybrid pickups around the same time. I don't believe any of the other small SUV makes have released plans yet. I'm sure they will follow soon though.
#5 of 1617 Escape hybrid
Sep 05, 2002 (2:25 pm)
Check out the Ford Escape HEV web site, its not updated lots but there is some good info there http://www.hybridford.com - but my faith in Fo. Mo. Co. is fading in part due to the recent Think stink, Ford is deliberately undermining the ZEV law. I don't buy their "greenwashing". They have shown their colors as another not so good corporate citizen. The Escape hybrid needs to be top notch from the word go.
#6 of 1617 Lexus hybrid
Sep 11, 2002 (5:32 pm)
Rumor has it that Lexus will be introducing a gas/electric hybrid late 03 or early 04.
#7 of 1617 Tax Incentives for Hybrids
Jan 26, 2003 (10:43 am)
There is a $2K tax credit available for buyers of eco-friendly vehicles, such as the Escape, Prius and such others.
I'm going to be buying a car for the first time in over 20 years - and I even lived in LA w/o one!The nice thing about just renting whenever you need one, in addition to all that money you save on insurance and upkeep, is that you get to try out a variety of models. I like the Escape and congratulate Form for making a hybrid version of it, but I'm very troubled by its poor safety ratings and high insurance costs. The Forester is top-rated, but too low for my liking. Other than hike up the driver's seat, or slow down on curves, what's a guy to do? Suggestions, please!
Jan 29, 2003 (7:31 pm)
>> There is a $2K tax credit available for buyers of
>> eco-friendly vehicles
I hate to burst your bubble, but... it's a deduction, not a credit.
That means you'll get a few hundred dollars back on your income taxes, not $2K.
#9 of 1617 GM/Chrysler Hybrid trucks
Feb 05, 2003 (6:23 am)
One note on those hybrids - They are only hybrid to the extent that the start/generator are now integrated into the drive train, and will only allow for engine stopping at red lights. The batteries used in those "proposed" vehicals are only on the 42volt range and cannot offer any of the benefits of the current Toyota Prius for example - the mileage of those trucks will only be about 5-10% better which equates to about a 2 mpg improvement. These are basically not real hybrids in the form that the Toyota company has produced.
Too bad for us in the US that Toyota is not selling its 4wd (Sienna chassied) Hybrid van in this country - It gets 40 mpg and does 0-60 in 7.5 seconds or so. I think when those vans were released in Japan they were selling for about 27,000$ (they started retail sales in Japan last year - 2001)
I would recommend not waiting for the US manufacturers to bring out anything more than a marketting ploy to pretend they are selling hybrids. They have been avoiding actually releasing anything for years now, and I cannot believe they will change their ways until they start loosing big market share..
#10 of 1617 Escape Hybrid
Feb 08, 2003 (12:08 pm)
Do you know if the upcoming Ford Freestar (04 Windstar) will get Hybrid power? I'd really like a van with a hybrid engine. (I've heard that Toyota plans a Sienna Hybrid for model year 05.