In 2004, Ford introduced a hybrid version of the Escape, to the delight of Green Party members and San Franciscans. Some have called the Escape underpowered. Two of the base engines have been inline 4, while one was a Duratec V6. For the second generation models, which will be sold this year, the base model engine is once again an I4 making just 153 horsepower, while the upgrade is a 3.0L V6 making 200 horsepower, a paltry number compared to some in its class. Ford's mission with this SUV is clear: create a car that can transport the family while sipping on gasoline. In that regard, they have succeeded.
If you're looking to buy one of these crossover SUVs, don't forget to check eBay. I know many people assume that the auction site is only for classic cars or old pieces of junk sold for parts, but there are also thousands of listings for newer vehicles that have only been sold for a few years.