2017 Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V Comparison

2017 Ford Escape vs 2017 Honda CR-V
2017 Ford Escape 2017 Honda CR-V
  $23,750 $24,045
  2.5 L I-4 2.4 L I-4
  15.7 gal. 14.0 gal.

2017 Ford Escape vs 2017 Honda CR-V

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There are plenty of reasons why the compact crossover SUV is one of the best-selling car designs right now. It is sufficiently rugged and reliable to be able to handle not just nicely paved roads, but rural areas, inclement weather and potholes as well. It also offers you plenty of utility space to carry passengers and cargo while still delivering great fuel economy and safety. However, the newest compact crossovers on the market do far more than that. They are also outfitted with flashy styling, the latest technology and impressive performance as well. Two of the class leaders - the Honda CR-V and the Ford Escape both got an update for 2017, so we’ve faced them off against each other to see which of the two cars does better on those three criteria.


As compact SUVs, both the 2017 CR-V and the 2017 Escape are powered by four-cylinder engines. The base engine on the CR-V is a naturally aspirated 2,4-liter putting out 184 horsepower, while the upgrade engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with a total output of 190 horsepower. The Escape starts a bit lower with its basic engine - a 2.5-liter with 168 horsepower - but makes up with the two optional engines: the 1.5-liter turbo that clocks in at 179 horsepower and a powerful 2.0-liter turbo that puts 245 horsepower at your disposal. The difference is further accentuated by the Escape’s responsive six-speed automatic transmission, while the CR-V has to make do with a continuously variable transmission instead.


Both the 2017 Escape and the 2017 CR-V got updated styling this year and are both certainly very modern in their looks. Everything that one expects in today’s stylish cars is present, from a sharp roofline and bold fenders to smooth side body details and LED lights. The degree to which both cars are well-designed and attractive makes this a difficult category to judge, but the designers of the CR-V did make a few unforced errors that give the edge to the Ford Escape. The front bumper of the CR-V protrudes awkwardly and breaks up the car’s otherwise smooth lines, while the curved details in the rear make the car’s badging appear off-center and at an angle due to the unexpected protrusion of the tailgate. The new CR-V design is certainly bold, but can use more refinement next cycle, unlike the Escape, which has arrived at an overall successful design.

Feature Selection

Whatever kind of modern convenience, safety or entertainment feature you are looking for, you can probably find it on either the 2017 Escape or the 2017 CR-V, but the difference between the two cars comes down to how difficult they are to customize. The Honda CR-V features very few optional features, instead making the most desireable options standard on its higher trim levels. This makes life easier if you are looking to buy a fully-loaded vehicle, but makes it difficult to only select the features you want and each jump between trim levels can get pricey. The 2017 Escape, on the other hand, comes with a veritable smorgasbord of different options across trim levels, making it easy to tailor it to your preferences. And if you are interested in getting the one with everything, there is still the Escape Titanium, which is very well-equipped with standard features.

This year’s update has done wonders for both the 2017 Honda CR-V and the 2017 Ford Escape, keeping them both near the top of the compact SUV class. The Escape does take the lead in the categories we’ve tested however, offering more powerful engines, a better design and a more customizable selection of features. We invite you to try out this best-selling crossover firsthand. Just call us and schedule your appointment today and you could be taking one of the nation’s most popular crossovers home before long!

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