OK. I'm a bit "warm" here, because I cannot believe this site's treatment of the hybrid SUV discussion. Ford Escape was first--fine. But to say that Toyota's "marketing" is the difference just BLOWS me away! Ummm... hi... Ford has built ONE relatively reliable car in its ENTIRE HISTORY (the Focus). Toyota, in contrast, has built an entire LINE of incredibly reliable cars since its inception.

Does no one *consider* this in their evaluation?!

I don't get it.

I wouldn't buy a Ford if it were the ONLY hybrid in the market...

Am I really, truly alone in considering reliability history of the brand (the entire line)? Or are people really completely swayed by the mere existence of a hybrid?

I look forward to others' views/evaluations of this aspect of consideration.