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Ford Escape PHEV Among Most Satisfying Compact SUVs

Once believed to be facing cancellation, the Ford Escape recently received a hefty dose of praise from CEO Jim Farley himself as the compact crossover continues to sell well following its 2023 model year refresh. However, consumers and critics alike have also long proven to be fans of the Ford Escape as well, with the most recent evidence of this coming to us from Consumer Reports. That particular organization just named the Ford Escape PHEV as one of the most satisfying compact SUVs one can buy, in fact, joining a number of other models in different segments including the Ford Maverick Hybrid – which is a stalwart on that list – and the Escape’s luxurious counterpart, the Lincoln Corsair.

As is always the case, CR‘s list of the most satisfying vehicles comes straight from its owner surveys, and more specifically, one particular question – “given the opportunity, would you buy or lease this vehicle again?” The percentage of owners that respond with a “definitely yes” are what constitutes a vehicle’s overall score. When determining this most recent set of rankings for 2024, Consumer Reports limited eligible vehicles to include only compact SUVs/crossovers, however.

In the compact SUV/crossover space, the Ford Escape PHEV ranked fourth with an overall score of 74 out of 100 possible points, placing it behind the Toyota RAV4 Prime, the Subaru Forester, and the Subaru Crosstrek. In addition to being popular among owners, Consumer Reports also gave the Escape PHEV an above average road test score, coupled with average predicted reliability and good owner satisfaction scores.

The consumer organization praised the Ford Escape PHEV for being “efficient and pleasant to drive” after returning an average of 37 miles-per-gallon during testing. CR also noted that the plug-in hybrid Escape offers customers a steady and composed ride, agile handling, and a roomy rear seat. However, the organization did note that the crossover is only available in front-wheel drive, its battery takes 10 hours to charge on a 120-volt outlet, and it isn’t a fan of the Escape’s firmer front seats, too.

We’ll have more on the Escape soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Escape news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Mike K

    I averaged 41 mpg with my 2020 Escape hybrid. So why is Ford canceling it and the hybrid Explorer?

  2. Gary.virginia

    Because that how jim farley rolls. First of all if they ran commercials like Toyota they may out sell Subaru too. Lately no matter what I watch it seems there’s Subaru commercials. Thanks for letting me vent.

  3. Sa

    My 2021 escape is a piece of crap. Anyone care to explain why these cars are lousy?


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