The Ford Escape Beats The Honda CR-V In Crucial Areas

Today we have a battle of two little SUVs. The Ford Escape is taking on the Honda CR-V to determine which compact option is better. Both are pretty reliable and fun options, but only one can be better than the other. So will the Ford Escape or Honda CR-V come out on top?

The Ford Escape VS The Honda CR-V 

The Ford Escape starts around $24k, making it seem a little pricey for a compact SUV. However, the Honda CR-V starts around $25k. Barebones options such as the Ford EcoSport starts around $19k, so these options should have more to offer. 

2020 Ford Escape parked in dessert sand
2020 Ford Escape | Ford

In terms of fuel efficiency, the Ford Escape is the clear winner. It gets 44 mpg in the city and up to 37 mpg on the highway. The Honda CR-V gets 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, so it still has an excellent fuel economy. 

Ford Escape And Honda CR-V Performance 

The Ford Escape has three engine options. The 1.5-liter inline-three base model engine provides 180 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. The most powerful engine is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 280 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.

The turbocharged engine allows the Ford Escape to tow up to 3,500 lb. It also provides pep with the ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 6.9 seconds.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid driving on city street
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Honda

You will find a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the Honda CR-V that offers 190 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. The Honda CR-V can tow 1,500 lb when properly equipped. It also lacks a little pep and takes 7.6 seconds to reach 60 mph. 

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Both of these compact SUVs have the option to add all-wheel-drive. The Ford Escape has AWD disconnect, making it more fuel-efficient when you don’t need AWD engaged. Plus, it includes driving modes such as sport, sand, and mud, allowing you to adjust to changing conditions quickly. 

The Honda CR-V has AWD too, but it has driving modes such as sport and ECON to help you save fuel. It doesn’t have modes for adjusting to snow and other slippery conditions. However, real-time AWD can help automatically adapt to various situations. 

Ford Escape And Honda CR-V Features 

The Ford Escape has 37.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear, with up to 65.4 cubic feet of cargo space total. A power liftgate and hands-free liftgate are available to make loading up your ride more comfortable. The Honda CR-V is a little bigger, with 39.3 cubic feet in the rear and 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space total. It also has a power liftgate. 

In the Ford Escape, you’ll find an incredibly smart infotainment center that can connect to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Key, and much more. Meanwhile, in the Honda CR-V, you have to go up to the second trim option to gain Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

Plus, the Ford Escape comes with more safety features such as forward collision prevention, lane departure alerts, rear cross-traffic warnings, and more. There is no reason to go with the Honda CR-V unless you want more space. The Ford Escape is more powerful, more capable, and smarter.