Following the debut of the refreshed 2023 model in October, the Ford Escape has earned considerable praise from Consumer Reports, earning its coveted “recommended” status, as well as a spot on the organization’s list of the most reliable and fuel-efficient SUVs on sale. Now, the Ford Escape continues to add to its proverbial trophy case now that Consumer Reports has named the thrifty crossover as one of the best performing hybrid SUVs on the market.
As is usually the case with Consumer Reports rankings, this particular list considers a variety of factors – a vehicle’s road test scores, predicted reliability ratings, recommended status, owner satisfaction scores, overall score, and standard or optional safety features such as automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning (BSW), and rear cross traffic warning (RCTW).
The Ford Escape Hybrid made the cut in tenth place on this particular list with an overall score of 73 out of 100, with Consumer Reports highlighting its impressive combined fuel economy of 34 mpg in testing, as well as the plug-in hybrid variant and its 37 miles of all-electric driving range. Other areas of praise include the crossover’s steady and composed ride quality, nimble and secure handling, and easy to use controls. On the flip side, CR did dock the Escape for its flat and firm front seats, as well as its oversensitive brake pedal.
In terms of individual categories, the 2023 Escape scored an 85 out of 100 on its road test, three out of five in predicted reliability, and three out of five in predicted owner satisfaction, with numerous driver-assist features included as standard equipment, including forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking for both city and highway driving.