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3 Ford SUVs Make US News’ List of Most Fuel-Efficient Hybrids

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2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid 100 MPGe
2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid
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The 2021 Ford lineup is strong with fuel-efficient SUVs. The Ford Explorer Hybrid, Ford Escape Hybrid, and Ford Escape PHEV made the U.S. News and World Report list of the 12 Most Fuel-Efficient Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid SUVs for 2021. The Ford Escape PHEV topped the list, earning the number one spot with its 102 MPGe range.

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2021 Ford Escape PHEV

Although not available yet (but hopefully soon), the 2021 Ford Escape PHEV is worth the wait, especially if your driving goal is to be as fuel-efficient as possible.

“The Escape PHEV has an all-electric range of 37 miles, and it’s highly efficient whether you’re using gas or electric power,” reports U.S. News & World Report writer Steven Loveday. “With almost 40 miles of all-electric range on tap, many drivers won’t have to fill up the gas tank very often.”

2021 Ford Escape Hybrid

The 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and single electric motor. Combined, the systems generate 200 horsepower. The Escape Hybrid earned a USN Overall Score of 8.3/10.

“Choosing the hybrid will save you about $300 per year over the base non-hybrid Escape,” according to Loveday.

2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid
2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid
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The 2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid didn’t perform as well as its siblings, but it still takes a well-deserved spot on the list due to its fuel-efficient performance. It also earned praise for its powerful 3.3-liter V6 engine and electric motor components. It generates 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque and delivers impressive capability. When properly equipped, the 2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid can tow 5,000 pounds.

“At $50,000, the 2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid is the most expensive vehicle on our list. While that may seem steep, it’s actually cheaper than a non-hybrid V6-powered Explorer, and it will save you an average of $150 per year on fuel,” Loveday reports.

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