And then I read this great review of the Escape Hybrid ( linked in title ) at Automotive Addicts.
While it can't match the Fusion Hybrid's 41 mpg city, it's 29 mpg city is amazing for an AWD cute ute. My neighbor recently bought a Saturn Vue "Hybrid", with GM's 2 mode system, after reading this review I want to walk across the street and slap him right in the head 3 Stooges style. Ok, admittedly I'm not a fan of my neighbor, but I am a fan of the Escape Hybrid.
On a personal note, I'm not too sure how I like the grille treatment. No, let me correct myself, I do like the grille but I'm thinking it's sort of the orphan Ford, not SuperDuty and not Dave.