2019 Ford EcoSport vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the EcoSport and the CR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford EcoSport is safer than the Honda CR-V:

 

EcoSport

CR-V

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

71

137

Abdominal Force

95 G’s

130 G’s

Hip Force

337 lbs.

354 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

53 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

13 inches

HIC

215

390

Spine Acceleration

37 G’s

43 G’s

Hip Force

549 lbs.

743 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the EcoSport’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the EcoSport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the EcoSport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:

 

EcoSport

CR-V

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

10.7 inches

10.2 inches

The EcoSport stops shorter than the CR-V:

 

EcoSport

CR-V

 

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The EcoSport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR-V LX’s standard 65 series tires. The EcoSport’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The EcoSport has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CR-V’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better maneuverability, the EcoSport’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the CR-V’s (35 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The Ford EcoSport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Honda CR-V.

The EcoSport is 1 foot, 7.3 inches shorter than the CR-V, making the EcoSport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The EcoSport has 1.6 inches more front legroom and 1.4 inches more rear hip room than the CR-V.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Honda CR-V is limited to 1500 pounds. The EcoSport offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the EcoSport and the CR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the EcoSport is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The EcoSport’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The EcoSport has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

On extremely cold winter days, the EcoSport’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The EcoSport (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CR-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the EcoSport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the EcoSport with a number “7” insurance rate while the CR-V is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the EcoSport is less expensive to operate than the CR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the EcoSport than the CR-V, including $55 less for a water pump, $268 less for a starter, $132 less for fuel injection and $42 less for a fuel pump.

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