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We’re rooting for an underdog today and you should too, if you’re trying to save gas. The SUV with the best fuel economy is actually the Ford Escape PHEV. If this comes as a surprise, then just keep reading because the 2024 Ford Escape PHEV provides immaculate results. 

Is the 2024 Ford Escape PHEV the most fuel-efficient SUV?

Yes, the 2024 Ford Escape PHEV is the most fuel-efficient SUV that you can buy unless you’re ready to go electric, according to the EPA. 

Don’t let the phrase ‘PHEV’ scare you away. It means ‘plug-in hybrid vehicle’, so it can run on gas, electricity, or a combination of both. 

The Escape PHEV has an estimated electric range of 37 miles on a single charge. It also gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg. It can travel up to 520 miles on a single tank. Its annual fuel cost hovers around $950. 

The Toyota RAV4 Prime is another popular fuel-efficient PHEV. It has an estimated electric range of 42 miles, with an EPA-estimated range of 38 mpg combined, and an annual fuel cost of about $1,000. 

It takes about 11 hours to charge the Escaep PHEV with a 110V or regular home outlet. You can charge the Escape PHEV in about 3.3 hours with a Level II or 240V outlet. 

The 2024 Ford Escape PHEV off-roading
2024 Ford Escape PHEV | Ford

Also, while reviewing the Escape PHEV, we found the regenerative brakes to be highly effective. Slowing down and coming to a stop returns an impressive amount of energy to the batteries. 

You can get started with a Ford Escape PHEV for $40,500. It pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors to generate 210 hp. 

The Escape PHEV can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in roughly 6.9 seconds, which is excellent for its class. It’s not the sportiest option and its handling could be improved, but the Sport mode does make things a little more exciting. 

Plus, the Escape impresses critics with a smooth and comfortable ride. The front and rear seats are well-padded and supportive and the interior is peaceful at highway speeds. 

It starts with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen, but you can upgrade to the 13.2-inch unit. Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto comes standard and higher trim levels and offers ambient lighting, a wireless charging pad, built-in navigation, and a panoramic moonroof.