You should buy it
You should buy it
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.
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.
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.
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