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#1120 of 1617 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid - Many Exciting Options
Apr 22, 2005 (4:04 pm)
The Ordering Guide for the 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid is now available in PDF form (Send me an email if you want a copy). It seems that Ford is listening to us consumers and they have added some serious options for the next model, due for first deliveries around the first of June, 2005.
The Hybrid version of the Escape has most of the features available on the conventional gas Escape but also has some features exclusive to the Hybrid.
There is little change in the base prices. The FWD (Front-Wheel Drive) Version comes in at $26,900.00 and the AWD(All-Wheel Drive) is now $28,525.00.
The prices for the 2005 options are changed some with the 110v Outlet $180, Cargo Cover $75, Rear Floor Mats $25, Safety Package $595, and Leather Group $595.
New for 2006 is another exterior color - Black Clearcoat Metallic (UA), in addition to those that were offered for 2005. The 2005 colors were Dark Shadow Grey, Titanium Green, Red Fire, Silver Metallic, and Black.
The Appearance Package (47C) that was an option in 2005 is still available for 2006. This package offers A-Glass Silver Metallic fascias, body side cladding and wheel lip moldings, and A-Gloss body color door handles and liftgate garnish. A monochromatic look is achieved when Silver Clearcoat Metallic (YN) is ordered with the Appearance Package.
Also available again is the Leather Comfort Group (63G) which includes leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather trimmed seats.
The Safety Package (85S) which offers side air bags is unchanged as an option.
Now for the exciting part. New for 2006 is the Premium Package (18M) which offers the following comforts and luxuries: Monochromatic appearance, premium leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, heated side view mirrors, reverse sensing system, Hybrid Energy Audio & Navigation System, A/C 110v power outlet, cargo retractable cover and rear floor mats. The price for all of this is $3495.00
The other exciting news is that the moonroof (43M) we have been asking for is now available for the incredible price of $585.00. WOW!
Again in 2006, the Trailer Towing Hitch must be purchased and installed from the after-market (email me for a PDF Guide to the available hitches). Likewise the optional step side bars and the cargo floor hooks.
According to my sources, dealers have been taking orders now for about the last three weeks. My own dealer told me he is well ahead of his volume from last year at this point after three weeks.
I am hoping to be amongst the first to be able to test drive and compare the 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid with my own 2005 soon. Stay tuned !
#1122 of 1617 Re: Hybrid availability?? [jbplay]
Apr 23, 2005 (11:37 am)
In Iowa, they are selling as fast as they come in (which means only the top dealers have gotten 1 each so far)- I was told the waiting list is 1 year now.
Apr 23, 2005 (3:34 pm)
Please point me to where I can get instructions on resetting the mpg average.
I have had my Escape hybrid for 550 miles and love it. My driving has become much more mileage conscious now that I have immediate feedback on the effects of accelaration rate and mileage.
I have had a hard time finding things like cargo area liners and other accessories, especially from the dealer. Everyone seems to forget that the hybrid has a different cargo area. Getting a hitch receiver to hold a bike rack and the afore mentioned cargo liner has been a comedy of errors on the part of the dealer.
#1124 of 1617 Re: 36 mpg [escapeinseattl]
Apr 23, 2005 (6:18 pm)
If you are talking about the Navigation System equipped Escape, you just press the Reset button on the display when fuel economy is being displayed.
I'm interested in a bike rack for my Escape Hybrid. I'd be interested in what you learned, both about the hitch receiver and the rack itself.
#1125 of 1617 Re: 36 mpg [docc]
Apr 23, 2005 (9:36 pm)
Ford does not have a hitch for the hybrid. There are two solutions currently that I'm aware of...a modified Curt 2.5 hitch (2" receiver) modified by hitch-web.com to allow clearance for the problem AC lines, and a new application coming from Hidden Hitch, apparently to be available in May.
#1126 of 1617 Re: Talking [gagrice]
Apr 24, 2005 (5:43 am)
Apparently you don't live in NY. If it's yellow, I don't care if it's a Yugo... I'm hailing it and dealing with it. Your comment about "small cabs" belonging in 3rd word countries was quite foolish. Just imagine if all the cabs in NYC alone were more fuel efficient. I'd have NO problem sitting in the back of an FEH going to JFK. Truly shows how narrow minded gary really is.
#1127 of 1617 Re: Talking [falconone]
Apr 24, 2005 (10:59 am)
Apparently you don't live in NY. If it's yellow, I don't care if it's a Yugo
If I walk out of the airport and there is a Yugo and a Town Car with the same charges on the side of the cab, what kind of fool would get into the Yugo?
My distaste for the Escape Hybrid comes from getting stuck with one by Budget rent a car. It was not what I rented and was paying for. They tried to claim it was the same size as the Explorer that I rented. I want to get what I pay for. If the Yugo was half the price of the Town Car and the trip was not too long I would consider taking it. Not in NYC, though. I have survived quite well without going there and that suits me just fine. I see all of NYC I need on TV.
#1128 of 1617 Re: Talking [gagrice]
Apr 24, 2005 (11:28 am)
The primary reasons to want a hybrid relate to saving natural resources, reducing smog, reducing dependence on oil supplies, etc. Those same reasons apply whether you are buying a vehicle or renting one (as in a cab ride).
#1129 of 1617 Re: Talking [gagrice]
Apr 24, 2005 (1:05 pm)
...and Ive seen all of California I want to see!!! Nice place to visit........ I once received an Escape as a loaner. Not a bad vehicle at all. Surprised you believe the counter person that the Escape was the same size of the Explorer. Thought you knew better.