2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. 2020 Ford Escape FHEV

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Safety

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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the CR-V Hybrid deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The CR-V Hybrid’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Escape FHEV’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the CR-V Hybrid. But it costs extra on the Escape FHEV.

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

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 4 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

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The CR-V Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 12 more horsepower (212 vs. 200) than the Escape FHEV’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the CR-V Hybrid has larger tires than the Escape FHEV (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17).

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V Hybrid is .5 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Escape FHEV.

Chassis

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The front grille of the CR-V Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Escape FHEV doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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

Passenger Space

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The CR-V Hybrid has .1 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room and 1.5 inches more rear legroom than the Escape FHEV.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The CR-V Hybrid has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Escape FHEV with its rear seat folded (68.7 vs. 60.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V Hybrid easier. The CR-V Hybrid’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Escape FHEV’s liftover is 27.9 inches.

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

CR-V Hybrid

Escape FHEV

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

36.7”/68.3”

Max Width

54”

57.3”

Min Width

41.5”

41.4”

Height

41”

32.8”

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

Ergonomics

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The CR-V Hybrid’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 FHEV’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 Hybrid 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 FHEV can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CR-V Hybrid’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Escape FHEV’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

On extremely cold winter days, the CR-V Hybrid EX-L/Touring’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Escape FHEV doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Escape FHEV doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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The Honda CR-V outsold the Ford Escape by 50% during 2019.

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