Typical cost: $26,588
Compared to: Mariner
Hybrid cost premium: $2,842 (Based on Edmunds.com "True Market Value" and $3,000 hybrid tax credit.)
Overall mpg vs. non-hybrid: 31.4 vs. 24
Annual fuel savings: $458 (148 gallons)
Even though the two vehicles are virtually identical, the Mariner Hybrid will take longer to pay for itself compared to a non-hybrid Mariner because buyers are paying closer to full sticker price for the Mariner Hybrid than for the Escape Hybrid. Sometimes, it seems, "badge engineering" does have an impact.
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