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Old 11-30-2015, 11:15 PM   #1
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Hi, I recently posted regarding towing a Ford Escape and the responses convinced me to look elsewhere. Someone was kind enough to respond with info on the Hybrid. I can't find the response now but I'm interested. Make any difference, 4wd, fwd or whatever else is available? Anyone have personal experience with towing the Escape Hybrid? Thx, Dave
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The respondent suggesting the Hybrid was here...
Escape

Our dingy is a '06 Hybrid Escape, but can't tell you if it really is no problem to flat tow 'cuz we use a dolly. The car was well over $30,000 when new (Limited Edition w/ all options) and we did not try it...after reading about how other (conventional powered) Escapes that were approved to flat tow were grenading transmissions

The owners manual says the Hybrid is flat towable.
So if you do it, best luck.
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According to the FORD RV & Towing guide the Escape Hybrid is only available in fwd and is dolly towable only.
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There was a 4wd version Hybrid Escape. But, I think they are rare because that extra spinning metal dropped the MPG by 2 or more.

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Yes the escape hybrid fwd (also Mercury Mariner hybrid as well) IS flat towable 2012 was last year they were made. The early models were used as taxi cabs in NYC and logged over 300,000 miles.

I have read that the Ford C-Max hybrid is flat towable as well....it was introduced in 2013 when the escape hybrid was discontinued.
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Here's a link to the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid owner's manual. The verbiage on "Recreational Towing" is on page 210 of the manual.

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Yes we have towed a 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid over 35,000 miles we no problem..we hook up with a Blue Ox towing system & use Air Force One for braking. Hook up put the transmission gear shifter into neutral, turn the key as far back as it will (keeps the steering wheel unlocked) and go. The Ford manual says to keep the speed under 75.
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