Here at The Garage, I’ve had plenty of seat time in the new Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain, and GM has made clear that the Ford Escape is one of their main competitors. Naturally, we were eager to sample an Escape, and I’ve just concluded a week with the Escape Hybrid in top-spec Limited trim with all-wheel drive. The Escape is hardly a new-comer to the market, having been around since 2001. The Escape Hybrid was the first hybrid SUV, debuting in 2004. Ford has recently freshened the small SUV inside and out, with new powertrains along with a host of other improvements.