Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V

    By Autolist Staff | October 19, 2018

    2018 Ford Escape

    2018 Honda CR-V

    Automotive Website Analyzed


    82%

    Really Good

    You should buy it

    91%

    The Best

    You should buy it

    Our User's Take

    What owners think


    50%

    Would Buy Again

    2 Ratings

    -%

    Would Buy Again

    - Ratings


    What’s better about the Ford?

    Fun to drive. Reviewers have praised the Escape for its agility and fun-to-drive quotient. Both the steering and the handling are more dynamic than most vehicles in this segment, including the Honda CR-V. This is a nice bonus for daily driving.

    Engine choices. Ford offers three different engine choices on the Escape: a base non-turbocharged four-cylinder with 168 horsepower and then a pair of turbo four-cylinder choices with 179 and 245 horsepower respectively. This makes it easier for Ford buyers to find the engine that fits their budget and needs. The Honda only offers a 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine on its base CR-V and then a 190-horsepower turbo four cylinder on the rest of the CR-V lineup.


    What’s better about the Honda?

    It’s newer. This generation of CR-V was introduced for the 2017 model year while the current Ford Escape first went on sale for the 2013 model year. This means the CR-V will have more modern styling, build materials and safety.

    Speaking of safety: The CR-V wins this fight handily. Not only is it rated a Top Safety Pick by the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a designation the agency did not give to the Escape. PLUS most models of the CR-V (not the base) come standard with active safety equipment like adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring.

    More space. Despite being just two inches longer overall, the CR-V has more cargo space inside and more passenger space...plus more legroom in the rear seats. So this Honda really puts the U in CUV.

    Better reliability. Consumer Reports gives the Honda CR-V considerably better reliability scores than it gives the Ford Escape, meaning you’re buying peace of mind (and potentially fewer repairs) if you opt for the Honda over the Ford.


    Autolist’s take:

    As you can see from the Honda’s noticeably longer list of advantages, this is a pretty easy decision. While we appreciate the fact that the Ford is more fun to drive and the engine choices are certainly a nice touch, the Escape’s advantages end there. The CR-V is more modern, useful, safe and reliable and an easy choice for any compact crossover shopper. So we say Buy the Honda.


    Cost of Ownership

    2018 Ford Escape

    2018 Honda CR-V

    Annual Fuel Costs

    $1,397
    15k miles at $2.421/gal
    $1,211
    15k miles at $2.421/gal
    Fuel Economy

    23 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    28 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    30 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway
    34 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway

    Safety

    2018 Ford Escape

    2018 Honda CR-V

    NHTSA Crash Test Results

    5 stars
    Overall
    5 stars
    Overall
    Safety Features

    -
    Autonomous Braking
    Standard
    Autonomous Braking
    Available
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Available
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Standard
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Available
    Cross-Traffic Alert
    Standard
    Cross-Traffic Alert

    Interior

    2018 Ford Escape

    2018 Honda CR-V

    Interior Features

    -
    Leather
    -
    Leather
    Available
    Moonroof
    Standard
    Moonroof
    Standard
    Heated Seats
    Standard
    Heated Seats
    Standard
    Keyless Entry
    -
    Keyless Entry
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Technology

    Available
    Apple Carplay
    Standard
    Apple Carplay
    Available
    Android Auto
    Standard
    Android Auto
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Available
    Navigation System
    -
    Navigation System

    Under the Hood

    2018 Ford Escape

    2018 Honda CR-V

    Powertrain

    6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    CVT
    Transmission
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    Drivetrain

    245 HP @ 5500 RPM
    Horsepower
    190 HP @ 5600 RPM
    Horsepower
    275lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
    Torque
    179lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
    Torque
    I4
    Cylinders
    I4
    Cylinders