The 2022 Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid lacks electrical appeal

Ford knows the plug-in hybrid well. About a decade ago it offered a smart set of energy models that proved that drivers are interested in plugging in.

With a fusion sedan and C-Max hatchback, those energy products were the perfect on-ramp for electric cars that we assumed would follow in greater numbers. They are here. But in the era of the Mustang Mach-E and the F-150 Lightning, Ford’s only plug-in hybrid, a version of the Escape Compact Crossover, seems to have lost some ground.

For the most part, Ford has not developed any ideas from its energy model to date. With the advent of those fully electric models, plug-in hybrids can be an important supporting player today.

With the Escape plug-in hybrid, Ford does not trust the owner to call for the electrical propulsion he paid extra for. Electric motors are considered to be helpful in gas engines.

Evi now and then

I fully charged the 2021 Escape Plug-in Hybrid on a 25-degree winter day, and then selected its “EV Now” mode when I set out for an evening drive intended for the coldest weather, what could be the worst case scenario. Range

In less than a minute — on a steep descent, 20 miles per hour হয় the petrol engine starts, the instrument panel announces, “The engine is capable of system performance.”

Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid - EV is now interrupted

Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid – EV is now interrupted

According to the owner’s manual: “Your car can enter engine-enabled mode if system conditions are required. A message will appear when this happens. This is normal operation of the system and if possible your car returns to EV Now mode. ”

I rebooted twice more, and the third time had a charm. The engine was off and let me drive 22.1 miles on some tailpipe-emission-free suburban works (use 0.3 miles irresistible gasoline in the photo below). It even allows me to turn on resistant heat and climate control, to keep windows clean – not something I can claim for all PHEV.

Of course the electric-only range was much lower otherwise it would have been due to extreme cold. But it seems hard to believe that no one would want to keep an electric, no matter how cold, when picking up children in the morning or rushing to the grocery store. This is one of the most powerful uses for having a plug-in hybrid, and Ford isn’t working with showing its own data – as it advertised to us a few years ago – that PHEV customers were often willing to plug in.

Smart packaging and nice real world mpg

That said, you’re not leaving any space or utility to go with plug-in hybrid vs. hybrid or non-hybrid versions. Escape PHEV Package 14.4 kwh liquid-cooled battery – higher than previous energy models – under the back seat, where it will not interfere with the cargo floor. Oddly enough, the 12-volt accessory battery looks lonely at the bottom of the cargo floor where otherwise there would be a temporary surplus.

At fair times, the battery pack enables an EPA rating of 37 all-electric miles. It is part of a hybrid powertrain that includes a 165-hp, 2.5-liter inline-4 engine, runs on an efficiency-and-emission-centric Atkinson cycle, and is part of the fourth generation version of Ford’s Planetary-Gear hybrid system. All in all, when run as a hybrid the system produces 200 hp or 221 hp with plug-in juice added to the mix.

2022 Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid

2022 Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid

Just a day later, it got better. Fully charged again, I drizzled and drove to 46 degrees — a Portland winter hotspot — and electrified for over 27 miles. I followed a loop in a number of other plug-in hybrids: 8 mile 65-mph freeways, 8 mile 50-mph boulevards with occasional stoplights, then the rest on 30-mph roads with more frequent stops.

Ford does a good job of charging scheduling and climate pre-conditioning, and if you run an Escape PHEV every day, you’ll be in a routine cabin heating routine before you travel — and you’ll probably need to do a few more electric miles after that.

The Escape PHEV Hybrid is excellent in efficiency, without any plug-in charges. In the 53-mile loop I’ve done with a range of hybrids, from about 300 feet altitude to 1,000 and backwards, including light freeway driving, country roads and 40-mile hourly boulevards alike, I’ve got an excellent 46 mpg and short, around- In another informal loop of city works, the Escape PHEV is fixed at an average of around 40 mpg.

Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid

Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid

The Escape Hybrid is now offered with the available all-wheel drive ের via a propshaft system কিন্তু but the plug-in hybrid remains only the front-wheel-drive. In contrast, the Toyota RAV4 Prime is much more powerful and has a rear motor, which allows for all-electric all-wheel-drive operation, while a larger battery pack adds more electric range up to 42 miles.

Tall on skill, short on polish and pizza

While Escape PHEV’s powertrain is a skill, the rest of the vehicle is rarely comfortable. This is the heaviest escape in the lineup, with approximately 3,870 pounds listed all over PHEV, and the titanium I run is at the top of the PHEV weight range. It was nowhere near the same glamorous, tossable feeling in the tight corner as I was running the last escape, and when the suspension soaked in the jolt, it would pogo in an unpleasant way in the country-road sky.

The 225 / 60R18 Michelin Primacy A / S tires, probably chosen for their low rolling resistance, carry some street noise in the cabin and become louder at surprisingly low Gs – probably as much as the weight is related to cold weather.

I charged once more to understand the boundaries of PHEV. On the EV Now it will accelerate to 60 miles per hour in about 15 seconds প্রায় almost double the time in hybrid mode এবং and according to Ford, it will go up to 85 miles per hour at electric speed. I didn’t go there because the acceleration is increasingly leisurely above 50 miles per hour and above 65 miles per hour absolutely exhausting.

Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid - Accelerator Floor

Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid – Accelerator Floor

The looming reminder that the electric mode receives in the second stage is that you will be in EV Now mode at any time and a message will appear in the middle of the floor-or-turn-off gauge cluster reminding you to press the steering wheel toggle ‘OK’. To activate the petrol engine.

It is also a thick-sounding vehicle in hybrid mode. The gas engine settles to a background thump whenever you are at cruising speed, but the acceleration sounds intentional.

If you don’t intentionally enable “EV Now” then “Auto EV” is basically the default and if you get it it goes through the charge – even if you run the engine without leaving the accelerator on the floor – and then a hybrid. This is exactly what Ford’s previous Energi PHEVs were the default, and it shows Ford’s cards in this model’s location for people who want to plug in every day but want to mix their gasoline and electrons freely – if you ask me this is declining.

Although I have not personally run the recent Escape Hybrid, a version of the same system really shines in the Maverick Hybrid and I would expect the same for Escape. The Lincoln Corsair Grand Turing features Ford’s plug-in hybrid system that powers the rear wheels with a separate motor, increasing overall power to 266 hp. It has the most exciting potential in Ford’s PHEV technology and we’ll be checking in with it soon.

The 2022 Ford Escape Plug-In is offered in Hybrid SE, SEL and Titanium versions, starting at $ 36,685, $ 39,420 and $ 41,930 — each premium over $ 5,000 more than the respective hybrid versions of their respective trims. Buyers of Escape PHEV can claim $ 6,843 under the federal EV tax credit, however, the plug-in version is effectively cheaper – if you have a tax liability.

The entire Escape lineup for 2022 has been marked. My test Escape Titanium Plug-In Hybrid carried a 2021 window sticker (slightly lower price) and a bottom-line price of $ 43,025. It includes, in addition to its additional Rapid Red metallic paint, a 500 2,500 premium package that includes a panoramic roof, floor mats and a wireless charging pad.

Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid

Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid

The changes for 2022 are minimal, but the most significant that applies to the test car I have is that the panoramic roof is no longer part of the titanium premium package, pushing the comparative price of $ 46,095 from 2022, according to Ford’s Build Tool.

Purely featured, Titanium mostly weighs up to $ 44,445 Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid Limited. Includes dual-zone climate control, heated power front seats, a heated steering wheel, Bang & Olufsen premium sound, an automatic parking system, adaptive cruise control and navigation. Infotainment is an 8.0-inch touchscreen and Ford’s older Sync 3 system, but it’s a nice, clean interface with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The top-of-the-line model that I drove made me think mostly about the look and feel of it. Seating comfort, seat folding and cargo space, must be competitive. But for a car with this price, it felt uncomfortable and basic. The design of the cabin doesn’t look as rough and straight as the related Bronco Sport or Maverick — which is fine, but here it looks like a dash of a nice, sporty car has been raised, with a sea of ​​plastic trim in the middle, center console, door trim, and vents. Area. Unfortunately most of them are touch points.

A sweet spot around the price, but makes no sense as tested

The base SE plug-in hybrid is where I see the deal — where the sticker price does not (and does not completely exceed) the Ford Mustang Mach-E battery electric crossover.

Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid

Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid

Takeaway: Getting plug-in hybrids is close to the same effective price as hybrids — as for most buyers একটি a good idea for those who may not be fully electrically committed. It should be a no-brainer because of the added potential for tailpipe-emission-free driving. But it’s not as believable as it could be.

Until then I feel conflicted with that decision point. And it will help if Escape PHEV makes it clear what it wants to be. In Ford’s words, a little more responsibility for the “EV Now” would go a long way.


Note: This review is based on a driving experience with the 2021 Escape Plug-in Hybrid, but 2022 Escape Plug-in Hybrid models are now in dealerships.

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