It might carry all the styling of a bowl of ice cream, but Ford's plug-in hybrid Escape is pretty dang efficient.
After initially delaying the plug-in hybrid Escape, Ford is finally selling its electrified compact crossover.
And while it might carry all the excitement of filing income taxes in February, this newest Escape proves to be a chill, competent way to zip around on electrons with few -- if any -- downsides.
At the heart of the Escape PHEV is a 14.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, which combines with an electric motor and a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-four to produce a net 221 horsepower, all of which is sent to the front wheels by way of a continuously variable transmission.
That's a little lower than the 250 hp the Escape's EcoBoost-toting sibling produces, and while power delivery can be a little pokey to start, the plug-in has no problem getting up to speed on the highway or zipping through surface-road traffic.
There are a few, but not a ton of competitors in the plug-in compact crossover segment.
Its biggest rival is the Toyota RAV4 Prime, which offers more space, better looks and a rather potent 300-hp powertrain.
If you're willing to ditch the big battery, the Ford Bronco Sport becomes a more appealing option, because it has, you know, character.
The 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid isn't looking to compromise.
This PHEV offers commendable electric range, good use of interior space and tech that's pretty well democratized across its lineup.
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