Mariner or Escape? Newbie here
I'm a newbie to this site and look forward to both your insight and experiences with both Ford and LM's hybrid version SUV's. I live in northern NJ and at this time of year I am finding it almost impossible to locate a dealer who has an FEH in stock at all. I have not yet checked into the Lincoln yet - it's a bit more pricey than the Ford but may be forced to due to the lack of '07 FEH vehicles. I'm leaning towards the FWD model for better mpg's and less $$$'s.
Love to hear some feedback from owners of both vehicles ... and others like myself who are still shopping. Thanks in advance for your help. I'm looking forward to acquiring one and becoming a valued contributor here in this forum.
I have a 2006 FEH FWD. It
I have a 2006 FEH FWD. It cost me $3200 more than if I had purchased the non-hybrid version of the same model. At the time, I earned the $2300 tax credit. I get 33/31 during the warmer months and 31/29 during the colder months when the gas additive is added. I figure that I save about 7-9 mpg driving the hybrid. I drive 16-18K miles per year. I save about 175 gal of gas per year. At $3 per gallon, thats about $525 per year, say $500 even. So, by January 2008, I had broken even on the costs of the hybrid vs the non-hybrid. And after then, I get about $500 per year of pure savings. Plus, I use produce virtually no emissions and do my part to reduce the gas depency of the US by consuming less gas. Works for me.
I love the FEH. I does all that I want and I can still haul relatively large amounts of furniture and equipment in the back. I have a light truck that still gets over 30 mpg. Can't beat that.
I have no personal information about this, but I've heard that for some reason the MMH gets slightly lower gas ratings (about 2 mpg lower), but I don't know this for myself.