08 Escape Hybrid Is Worthy Sequel

Ford engineers adjusted the '08 hybrid's control system to improve the transition between gasoline and electric operation. Indeed, it was pretty much seamless, except for a barely noticeable stutter when the gasoline engine came on.

Published: 30-Dec-2006

What do you do for an encore? Ford Motor Company's Escape is America's best-selling compact sport utility vehicle, and has been for six years running. When you've got a hit, and it's time for a sequel, it had better be good.

The 2008 Escape features an all-new interior, with fabric seating surfaces made from 100 percent recycled materials.

And it is. Ford jumped the gun by unveiling the second-generation 2008 Escape at this month's Los Angeles Auto Show. You read right -- 2008, when 2007 hasn't even begun.

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