Between the demands of work, life, and trying to sneak out and have a good time once in a while, people are busier than ever. This also extends to vehicle shopping. Here at Team Ford we are supremely confident in the products we sell, which is why we’re not afraid to put our vehicles up against the competition. If our comparison helps you pick the right vehicle, and saves some time in the process, all the better. Focusing on one of the largest growing segments in the automotive industry, the Compact Utility Vehicle (CUV), we’ll compare the Ford Escape to the Honda CR-V. Read on to learn how these two vehicles are similar, and what sets the Escape apart from the competition.
Power & Performance
The Honda CR-V comes with a choice of three engines, the most powerful being a turbocharged 1.5L providing 190 hp — it’s still no match for the Escape’s 2.0L turbo capable of 245 hp. The Escape offers a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift®, as opposed to the Honda CR-V’s CVT (or continuously variable transmission). Proponents of the CVT will tout how smoothly it drives, but the Escape incorporates smooth and precise shifting withSelectShift®, which allows you to drop to a lower gear while towing. Speaking of smooth transitions, the Escape tops the Honda CR-V in another very important category: towing. The CR-V offers a very modest 1,500 lb towing capacity, whereas the Ford Escape handles towing loads of up to 3,500 lbs. Don’t limit your performance, and don’t second-guess what you can take with you; the Ford Escape is built for the job.
Interior, Exterior, & Features
Less expensive at every trim level, the Ford Escape provides more bang for your buck than the Honda CR-V. While the two vehicles had matching J.D. Power reliability rankings in 2017, we’d be remiss to not mention that an IHS study said the Ford Escape has the “highest brand loyalty” with 96% of the Escapes sold in the last ten years still being on the road. The Ford Escape aims to make your life easier compared to the Honda CR-V, and that starts with its technology. Don’t be swayed by the CR-V’s push button start — a feature that is near useless unless you plan on using your CR-V to escape police raids. The Ford Escape’s navigation system is substantially easier to use, as is the infotainment system. Even the upgraded system in the Honda CR-V isn’t as responsive as Ford’s excellent SYNC® 3 system, and definitely doesn’t have voice command capabilities like the Escape. While both vehicles offer a rearview camera, the Honda CR-V is without Ford’s standard MyKey system, which makes monitoring new drivers a cinch. The Ford Escape maintains a smart and athletic exterior styling, while the Honda CR-V looks like nothing else on the market (you can decide if that is a benefit or not).
If you are in the market for a compact crossover utility vehicle, why spend more to get less? The Ford Escape holds the edge in power and performance, is easier to use with more capabilities, and simply costs less. The choice seems clear to us — so contact Team Ford today and test drive the 2018 Ford Escape.