2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Ford EcoSport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The EcoSport doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the EcoSport 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 all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Ford EcoSport:

 

CR-V

EcoSport

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

220

250

Neck Injury Risk

23%

36%

Neck Stress

194 lbs.

403 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

58/91 lbs.

495/441 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

283

325

Neck Injury Risk

29%

38%

Neck Stress

124 lbs.

200 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

183/200 lbs.

329/236 lbs.

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

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, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Ford EcoSport:

 

CR-V

EcoSport

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.9 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

195

Hip Force

609 lbs.

685 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The EcoSport has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The EcoSport isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 3 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 61 more horsepower (184 vs. 123) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 125) than the EcoSport’s standard 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. The CR-V LX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (184 vs. 166) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 149) than the EcoSport’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 24 more horsepower (190 vs. 166) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (179 vs. 149) than the EcoSport’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Honda CR-V is faster than the Ford EcoSport 4 cyl.:

 

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

EcoSport

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

8.2 sec

10.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the EcoSport:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

EcoSport

 

FWD

1.0 turbo 3 cyl.

27 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

2329 city/30 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The EcoSport with the 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The CR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops much shorter than the EcoSport:

 

CR-V

EcoSport

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the EcoSport (235/65R17 vs. 205/60R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CR-V LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the EcoSport. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the EcoSport.

The Honda CR-V’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford EcoSport only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Honda CR-V has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The EcoSport 4x2 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The CR-V has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the CR-V flat and controlled during cornering. The EcoSport 4x2 suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CR-V’s wheelbase is 5.5 inches longer than on the EcoSport (104.7 inches vs. 99.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 3.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the EcoSport.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the EcoSport Titanium pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The EcoSport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 14.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the EcoSport (105.9 vs. 91.1).

The CR-V has .5 inches more front headroom, 3.5 inches more front hip room, 4.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 3.7 inches more rear legroom and 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the EcoSport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CR-V’s rear seats recline. The EcoSport’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the EcoSport with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 20.9 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the EcoSport with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 50 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The EcoSport doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The EcoSport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The CR-V’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The EcoSport’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CR-V EX-L/Touring has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the CR-V Touring, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Towing

The CR-V’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the EcoSport’s (1500 vs. 1400 pounds).

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The EcoSport doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The EcoSport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The CR-V’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The EcoSport’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and its driver’s window also automatically closes.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the EcoSport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The EcoSport doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The EcoSport doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The EcoSport doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The EcoSport doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the EcoSport because it costs $252 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the EcoSport, including $81 less for a muffler, $32 less for front brake pads, $44 less for front struts, $559 less for a timing belt/chain and $281 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

EcoSport

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The EcoSport isn’t in the top three.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The EcoSport has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The EcoSport has never been chosen.

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