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#113 of 122 Re: while some [gagrice]
Feb 25, 2009 (6:37 pm)
"You know I am now 65 years old and have not seen Yellowstone. It is on my list for sure. Now if I can just find an SUV I like that gets 30+ MPG on the highway, I may be satisfied. As long as it has XM radio. "
The Ford Escape Hybrid will net you 30+, if you stay around 70 MPH. I get around 32 with my 2008 AWD FEH 75 MPH.
It is no good for towing, however.
But it does have satellite radio, I'm not sure which one (the 2008 didn't come with it).
#114 of 122 Re: while some [stevedebi]
Feb 25, 2009 (7:46 pm)
The Escape is kind of small. I can get 30 on the highway with an X5 or ML320 CDI. Both a lot bigger, better handling, quieter, more comfortable. I don't want to give up my Sequoia until I can get something better. Though if VW were to sell the Tiguan with the 4 cylinder diesel it would be worth the downsize. It should get near 40 on the highway. That and my Sister and brother in law just tried to buy a FEH in October. No discounts, which ended up $10k more than the V6 they got that is loaded. I rode in back and it was not comfortable AT ALL. They like taking ours when we go on trips to the desert.
#115 of 122 Re: while some [stevedebi]
Feb 26, 2009 (5:09 pm)
Many new hybrid SUVs come with XM or Sirus? My friends Denali got a year free. I don't think unless they start offering diesels in SUVs you are going to get something that can tow that gets much better than 21 MPG.
#116 of 122 Re: while some [gagrice]
Feb 26, 2009 (5:47 pm)
our '04 escape has leather and the rear seats have some recline.
last week we drove about 1600 miles visiting universities.
they seemed ok to me.
in a role reversal, a couple of times i sat in the back watching a movie, while my daughter drove.
#117 of 122 Re: while some [gagrice]
Mar 04, 2009 (1:44 pm)
"The Escape is kind of small. I can get 30 on the highway with an X5 or ML320 CDI. Both a lot bigger, better handling, quieter, more comfortable."
... and both are a LOT more expensive. I think the Tiguan is about the same size as the FEH. As to price, it depends on where you shop. The dealer here tends to keep them on the lot (last time I checked), where as some dealers in the mid west have maybe one or two per quarter. Ford only produces 25K FEH per year due to lack of batteries.
#118 of 122 Re: while some [explorerx4]
Mar 04, 2009 (6:08 pm)
I've been fairly impressed with the packaging of the Escape. For being a small-ish vehicle, it seems pretty roomy inside. Now if you need a third row seat, or full-sized SUV-type cargo space, it's not going to cut it, but it seems like a decent 4-adult vehicle.
#119 of 122 Re: while some [andre1969]
Mar 04, 2009 (6:56 pm)
my wife still loves her '04 escape, but we are kind of looking for another vehicle due to too many drivers and not enough cars; opposite of you.
with some fortera triple treads on it, she has no problems when the weather is bad.
that's usually when she points out how much she likes it.
we have 4 fords, so we will be looking at another one.
my wife wants an escape hybrid. there is a limited model now like she has now, but they are very expensive.
i am thinking the 4cyl/6 speed limited would be a good choice for us, instead.
while doing my research, i noticed the escape has about the same cargo capacity as an edge!
#120 of 122 Re: while some [explorerx4]
Mar 15, 2009 (5:09 pm)
"my wife wants an escape hybrid. there is a limited model now like she has now, but they are very expensive.
i am thinking the 4cyl/6 speed limited would be a good choice for us, instead. "
You would not make up the difference in price unless you own for 6 - 10 years (depends on gas prices). I got the FEH because I wanted the technology, and all my miles are in town. But the FEH limited is pricey unless you can find a deal. Also, unless you live in California, there may be very limited selection.
If you can sign a deal before March 30, you can qualify for the Hybrid tax credit, which runs $3000 for the FWD and $2200 for he AWD.
#121 of 122 Re: while some [stevedebi]
Mar 15, 2009 (5:30 pm)
The tax credit might make it pencil out, if you drive a lot and gas prices go back up (which they must, eventually). But personally, I am a big believer that simpler is better.
#122 of 122 Re: Shouldn't You Ask... [fezo]
Apr 15, 2009 (6:57 am)
I agree minivans r the best especially if you need the room or have a family. they typically get better gas mileage & the sliding doors are so convienent when you have kids(don't have to worry bout them banging doors & easy in and out). It's to bad domestic automakers don't make a good minivan. I would have definetly bought that ford flex if it had rear sliding doors. Heyll, why don't they put power sliding doors on the front doors too? it would be like jumping in a spaceship. haha or put sliding doors on suv's? I'm a sliding door advocate as you can see, easy access baby!!!