The Ford Escape Hybrid was first launched in 2004 and was the first battery-powered SUV on the market. As such, its sales numbers have gone up each year. It has a 2.5 liter four-cylinder Hybrid with 155 horsepower. It can get about 29 mpg, compared to 21 mpg with the conventional engine. A base Escape hybrid starts at $29,800, but once the features are added on, get ready to pay around $37,500.
Take this into consideration knowing that a conventional engine top-of-the-line Escape will cost around $26,800 (fully loaded). If staying green is important to you, than the Ford Escape Hybrid is a great alternative to a Toyota Prius - if size matters.