Battle of the Hybrids: 3 Advantages the Ford Escape Hybrid Has Over the Honda CR-V Hybrid

Crossover SUVs have taken the automotive industry by storm. Most automakers now offer hybrid powertrains, like the Ford Escape Hybrid and Honda CR-V, which are two popular compact hybrid SUVs. Both models are highly-rated, however, the Ford Escape offers several distinct advantages over the Honda CR-V.

1. Better Pricing

2022 Ford Escape Hybrid parked on the street in front of a building.
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According to Kelley Blue Book, “the value-packed Ford Escape Hybrid is one of the most affordable and efficient options in compact hybrid SUVs,” with pricing that starts at $30,185. The 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid is slightly more expensive, with an MSRP of $32,010 for the base model and $32,450 for the Sport trim. The Honda CR-V Sport Touring Hybrid edition starts at $38,600.

The starting price for the Ford Escape SE plug-in hybrid is $35,455, with the SEL hybrid trim starting at $32,550 and the SEL hybrid plug-in variant costing $38,190. The top-of-the-line Titanium hybrid trim starts at $35,095, with the plug-in variant starting at $40,700. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the 2022 Ford Escape PHEV is one of the few vehicles still eligible for the $7,500 tax credit, making it one of the most affordable models in the EV market.

2. Better fuel economy

The five-passenger 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid offers better fuel efficiency than the 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid.

The base Ford Escape compact SUV utilizes a hybrid 2.5-liter iVCT Atkinson-Cycle inline-four engine paired with an eight-speed electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT). The engine generates 200 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque, offering an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 41 mpg combined. The optional AWD variant offers 40 mpg combined.

In comparison, the Honda CR-V Hybrid has a 2.5-liter hybrid in-line four-cylinder engine paired with an eCVT transmission that pumps 212 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque. The compact SUV offers an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 38 mpg combined, which is marginally lower than the Ford Escape Hybrid.

3. User-friendly technology

The 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid offers a better infotainment system that is more intuitive than what is found in the 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid. The Escape offers a SYNC 3 system with an 8-inch display screen, two USB ports and a WiFi hotspot. It is also compatible with SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, making the interior cabin a comfortable environment for passengers.

The infotainment system in the Ford Escape Hybrid also provides larger text, which is easier to read than the Honda CR-V Hybrid display, and features more practical control knobs and buttons.

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According to Consumer Reports, both vehicles are comparable, coming within two points of one another on road tests and offering eight-year/100,00-mile hybrid battery warranties.

However, the auto reviewer claims, “The Ford Escape Hybrid is a more enjoyable SUV to take on a spirited drive. It’s a bit quieter, has a far more user-friendly infotainment system, and gets very good fuel economy. And it’s impressive that Ford has made the full complement of advanced safety equipment standard across the Escape line.”