2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Ford Escape

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 Escape offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Both the CR-V and the Escape 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

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 Escape:

 

CR-V

Escape

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

220

243

Neck Injury Risk

23%

43%

Neck Stress

194 lbs.

396 lbs.

Neck Compression

66 lbs.

112 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

58/91 lbs.

233/311 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

283

2417

Neck Injury Risk

29%

47%

Neck Stress

124 lbs.

175 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

183/200 lbs.

453/192 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Escape:

 

CR-V

Escape

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

2 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

23 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Femur Force R/L

.3/0 kN

.5/1.1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

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 Honda CR-V is safer than the Ford Escape:

 

CR-V

Escape

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

290

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

609 lbs.

649 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

44 G’s

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 Escape was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

Reliability

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

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda CR-V is faster than the Ford Escape:

 

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

Escape 4 cyl.

Escape 1.5 turbo

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

7.5 sec

9.1 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

15.8 sec

16.9 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

89 MPH

80.9 MPH

78.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

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

Escape

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

 

 

Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

 

 

Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Escape with the 1.5 turbo 4 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 Escape doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Escape:

 

CR-V

Escape

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

146 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Escape.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Escape Titanium AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CR-V LX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Escape SE (27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CR-V’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Escape’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Escape (8.2 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

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 Escape doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the Escape Titanium AWD (40 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escape (105.9 vs. 98.7).

The CR-V has .2 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 3.1 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Escape.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Escape with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 34 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Escape with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 68 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V easier. The CR-V’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Escape’s liftover is 27.3 inches.

The CR-V’s cargo area is larger than the Escape’s in every dimension:

 

CR-V

Escape

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

33.6”/67”

Max Width

54”

45.6”

Min Width

41.5”

40.4”

Height

41”

34.5”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Escape 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 Escape doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

The CR-V’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Escape’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

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 Escape 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 Escape doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Economic Advantages

The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 48.39% to 49.83% of its original price after five years, while the Escape only retains 41.72% to 45.81%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Escape because it costs $351 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Escape, including $295 less for a timing belt/chain and $185 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $2372 to $2714 less than for the Ford Escape.

Recommendations

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

 

CR-V

Escape

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

Consumer Reports performed a comparison test in its June 2017 issue and they ranked the Honda CR-V EX AWD first. They ranked the Ford Escape SE AWD third.

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 Escape 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 Escape 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 Escape has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Ford Escape by 32% during the 2018 model year.

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