Ford sure thinks so. Especially since the 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid is the answer to wannabe SUV drivers whose anti-gas guzzler conscience just won’t let them take the utility plunge. It’s a guilt-free SUV, giving folks the space they crave without the high fuel consumption and pollution they don’t.
Gasoline/electric hybrids, like the Toyota Prius, are growing in popularity. They are more efficient and pollute less than typical gasoline vehicles. Yet they still use the same fueling infrastructure, namely your corner gas station. But to this point, the only people movers have been hybrid cars. That all changes now with the arrival of the new 2005 Ford Escape hybrid, the world’s first hybrid SUV. But can you mix green with utility without coloring both?
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2005 Ford Escape Hybrid
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The 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid offers SUV buyers a more fuel-efficient alternative to traditional SUVs that doesn’t compromise performance or passenger and cargo space. However, its actual fuel consumption is not as good as advertised, and transmission performance is unusual.
MODEL: 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid
ENGINE: 2.3-liter Atkinsoncycle inline 4/94 hp permanent magnet synchronous motor
HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 133 hp @ 6,000 rpm/129 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
TRANSMISSION: Electronically controlled CVT
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT: 174.9 x 70.1 x 70.4 in.
TIRES:P235/70R16 All-Season BSW
STICKER PRICE: $23,000 (est.)