Ford, the corporate who began the hybrid-SUV craze again in 2004, introduced it’s upping its fuel-economy recreation with the new Escape Plug-In Hybrid. We’ve discovered simply because the mannequin is transport to sellers that it hits 100 MPGe on the EPA’s mixed cycle. Hitting the century mark with a high-riding, roomy five-passenger SUV that also accommodates 31 to 61 cubic ft of cargo isn’t any small feat.
The compact-hybrid-SUV wars are heating up, with a new CR-V Hybrid and Toyota adding the RAV4 Prime plug-in to its lineup. The latter is the Escape PHEV’s closest competitor, and it appears just like the economic system bragging rights fall to Ford with that official 100-MPGe EPA mixed score topping Toyota’s 94-MPGe quantity. There’s an enormous asterisk although: The plug-in Ford solely comes with front-wheel drive, whereas the RAV4 Prime plug-in will get normal all-wheel drive.
That’s, after all, in “charge-depleting” mode; in “charge-sustaining” mode with the engine working, the EPA mixed determine is 41 mpg—similar because the front-drive Escape Hybrid without a plug, and 1 mpg higher than the AWD Escape Hybrid. (The RAV4 AWD Hybrid additionally will get 40 mpg, whereas the AWD CR-V Hybrid will get 38 mpg; neither competitor is obtainable with front-drive.) When it comes to all-electric vary, Toyota should still maintain a lead with an estimated 39 miles to the Escape’s official 37-mile EV vary.
That EPA-rated electric-mode vary of 37 miles comes courtesy of a 14.4-kWh battery pack—the identical measurement because the Toyota RAV4 Prime’s—however the official outcomes might change. Ford permits drivers to determine when and the place to spend their 37 miles of electrical vary with 4 choices:
- Auto EV mode: The automobile chooses when to run in all-electric mode
- EV Now mode: Provides full efficiency with engine off
- EV Later mode: Saves battery energy so it’s obtainable to, say, silently enter a driveway or a CO2-free metropolis heart on the finish of your journey
- EV Cost mode: As soon as lively, lets the engine recharge the battery to help you guarantee electrical energy is offered as above
The Escape PHEV comes with Degree 1 (110-volt) and Degree 2 (240-volt) chargers, which respectively require 10 to 11 hours or 3.Three hours to replenish a totally depleted battery.
That includes the newest technology of Ford’s 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder hybrid system, the Plug-In Hybrid is obtainable on SE, SEL, and Titanium trim ranges—mainly each Escape trim grade besides S and SE Sport. The entry SE Plug-In begins at $34,285, a $5,935 value premium over a base front-drive 1.5T three-cylinder SE. On the top quality, the $40,080 Titanium Plug-In Hybrid prices $5,285 greater than the no-plug front-drive Hybrid (the gasoline Titanium mannequin will get an ordinary 2.0-liter turbo EcoBoost AWD powertrain and begins at $38,080).
For the file, listed here are the opposite two-box PHEV automobiles promising cheap utility, in addition to their EPA rankings:
|EPA Mixed Economic system|
|Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid||100||41|
|Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||74||25|
|Mini Cooper SE Countryman ALL4||73||29|
|Volvo V60 T8||69||30|
|BMW X3 xDrive 30e||60||24|
|Volvo XC60 T8||57||27|
|Lincoln Aviator PHEV||56||23|
|Volvo XC90 T8||55||27|
|Land Rover Vary Rover PHEV||42||19|
|Land Rover Vary Rover Sport PHEV||42||19|
|Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid||41||21|
|Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid Coupe||41||21|
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