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You are in the Ford Escape Hybrid
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Ford Escape Hybrid, Hybrid Cars
#905 of 1617 Re: Need your opinions [help!]
Jan 05, 2005 (11:47 pm)
We have just under 2600 miles on our Escape Hybrid. I am coming from driving a 2002 Prius (while the Escape has replaced a 2000 Volvo V70 Cross Country wagon) so there were no surprises in how the vehicle operates (the basic system design is very similar). So far it handles really well, seems to have excellent build quality (the Ford is pretty much on par with the Prius for "feel"). The 4-wheel disk brakes, combined with the regen braking by the drivetrain seems plenty effective. The seats are good (not as good as Volvo's but better than Toyota's).
Certainly people who love Hondas really LOVE Hondas. But so far I'm really impressed with the Ford.
#906 of 1617 Re: Need your opinions [stevewa]
Jan 06, 2005 (6:47 pm)
___I own a Honda, the wife, an Acura, the landscape vehicle is a Ford P/U, and my older commuter is now my sonís Toyota. Where do I fall
___Actually, I like Fordís more then most including Honda and Toyota in some respects. My Ranger in particular has not only given me the best dealership experience, the Ranger when brand new cost < $10,000 and came with amenities that even the MDX doesnít have (lighted steering wheel controls, a trailer harness, and an Engine Block heater were std.). The Ranger has been receiving ~ 25% higher then EPA highway estimates in 10 - 30 degree F temperatures which I have never accomplished in the Insight, the Corolla, or the MDX in that cold a temperature. This is just amazing coming from the automobile company the Green groups just love to attack yet have the 03ís Greencar guides #1 pick in P/Uís and the Focus is the cheapest PZEV you could buy back then and from dealerships in all 50 states no less!
___Wayne R. Gerdes
#907 of 1617 Re: Need your opinions [xcel]
Jan 06, 2005 (6:55 pm)
with my 5 speed focus, been coasting a lot more, but not slacking. have a question for you. my vehicles seem to get better mileage with a higher grade gas, but it is probably more expensive per mile. do you use higher grade gas to improve your mileage?
i enjoy your posts.
#908 of 1617 Re: Need your opinions [explorerx4]
Jan 06, 2005 (7:17 pm)
___If itís not one Hybrid forum, its all forums that are playing this High Octane game as of late Ö I use regular unleaded 87 Octane as sold in and around the Chicago area. All of Chicagoís fuel contains 10% ethanol and although it is a mileage killer (to the tune of ~ 1 - 2%), it supposedly reduces our dependence on foreign crude supplies although I have not studied the well to wheel analysis on ethanol itself just yet.
___Anyway, unless your timing was retarded via the KS, fuel economy will not improve with higher octane fuel. Given the way you need to drive to attain extremely high fuel economy, enough accelerator to have a KS pull timing back would kill all attempts at achieving that goal in my experience?
___I do enjoy a good push in the back side in a high performance automobile but cringe knowing how many ounces of actual fuel were burned for that fleeting moment in time
___I only run 87 Octane in the MDX and Acura recommends 91 for maximum performance. Neither my wife (it is her daily driver) nor I (I donít get to drive it that often ) have ever been anywhere near WOT in that monster and thus its maximum performance HP and Torque numbers are just for show and tell
PS: Is your Focus one of the many PZEV varieties? Got to love the go kart like handling and performance, Super Hatch like utility (I am partial to the ZX5 myself ) and the extremely low emissions all in tha same package!
___Wayne R. Gerdes
#910 of 1617 Road Noise/General Satisfaction
Jan 07, 2005 (5:56 am)
I have read that for the non-hybrid versions of the Ford Escape, road noise is a significant problem, especially on the highway. Does the Escape Hybrid suffer this same deficiency? How do owners judge their general satisfaction with the Escape Hybrid?
#912 of 1617 Re: Need your opinions [explorerx4]
Jan 08, 2005 (12:54 am)
Do not use premium fuel in an Atkinson cycle engine (Prius and FEH)...
Several Prius owners who tried higher than 87 octane fuel had significant driveability problems.
#913 of 1617 Re: Road Noise/General Satisfaction [plee1]
Jan 08, 2005 (12:55 am)
I have not noticed excessive noise. I believe the 2005 redesign addressed some of this.
#914 of 1617 Re: Road Noise/General Satisfaction [plee1]
Jan 08, 2005 (8:29 am)
I've found that all 2005 Escapes including the Hybrid have less road noise. I think that Ford realized that was one of the major concerns going into the 2005 model restyling. There is more insulation in-between the sheet metal and inside, plus there are more and better rubber seals around the doors.
I am a Hybrid owner and am after 2+ months extremely satisfied with performance.