Kitty and I headed over to the Ford dealer to check things out. We made an appointment to chat with a nice lady who helped us out at the auto show, but she couldn't meet with us. She had a co-worker show us around. He was really no-nonsense and spoke the truth. When I inquired about the Escape Hybrid he basically told me that I shouldn't buy one. Since they're much heavier than a Prius, their electric motors are only good to about 25 MPH. Anything above that would use the gas engine. That's definitely not my driving pattern. I briefly checked out a Flex, but it's too much of a station wagon. Definitely nothing I could reasonably take off road. I then looked at a non-hybrid Escape and took one for a test drive. It wasn't bad, but I didn't feel any excitement. It would probably meet my needs, but that's about it. As we were leaving he asked if I would be interested in another Explorer. *shrugs* I WAS looking for something a little more fuel efficient, but I might consider it. He then showed me an '08 Eddie Baur edition that they REALLY wanted off the lot. $6000 under invoice?!? Oh man. I'll definitely have to think about that one.