$29,170 | Overall score: TBD | 44/37 mpg city/highway
The Escape Hybrid is back on the market for the 2020 model year, and the PHEV arrives in late 2021. This hybrid SUV is praised for its spirited powertrain, superb fuel economy, and engaging driving etiquette. The Escape Hybrid isn’t quite as fancy on the inside as the competition, but it does have spacious seats, intuitive technology and solid crash-test ratings.
The Escape PHEV starts at $33,075, has 37 miles of electric range and a fuel economy rating of 105 mpg. It qualifies for a $6,843 tax credit.
The Escape Hybrid and Escape PHEV are both priced well when compared to the standard Escape ($26,510). This is especially true for a PHEV if you can take advantage of the tax credit. Compared to the gas-only model, the hybrid model will save you up to $850 in fuel costs per year, and the PHEV system will save you up to $1,400.