Greene Ford Compares 2011 Ford Escape VS 2011 Honda CR-V Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2011 Ford Escape

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2011 Honda CR-V

Safety Comparison

The Escape’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver's blind spots. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

The Escape offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

Both the Escape and the Honda CR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, 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 and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Escape comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the CR-V.

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Escape has a standard 550-amp battery. The Honda CR-V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 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 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The Escape’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (171 vs. 161) than the Honda CR-V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Escape Hybrid’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (239 vs. 161) than the Honda CR-V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Escape’s optional 3.0 DOHC V6 produces 60 more horsepower (240 vs. 180) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (223 vs. 161) than the Honda CR-V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Escape V6 is faster than the Honda CR-V (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

9.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.2 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.3 MPH

83.8 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Escape’s engines produce their peak horsepower at lower RPM’s than the Honda CR-V:


Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

6000 RPM

Escape Hybrid 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

5000 RPM

Escape 3.0 DOHC V6

6550 RPM

Honda CR-V 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

6800 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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




2.5 4 cyl. hybrid/Auto

34 city/31 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto


2.5 4 cyl. hybrid/Auto

30 city/27 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

The Escape’s standard fuel tank has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Honda CR-V (16.5 vs. 15.3 gallons).

The Escape has a standard capless fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation which causes pollution. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer a capless fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Front Rotors

11.9 inches

11.7 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Honda CR-V (235/70R16 vs. 225/65R17).

The Escape XLT/Limited offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Honda CR-V, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Escape’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Honda CR-V’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Honda CR-V (8.4 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Escape is 4.6 inches shorter than the Honda CR-V, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .3 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the Honda CR-V.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Honda CR-V’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The engine computer on the Escape automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Honda CR-V’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

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

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the standard exterior keypad (not available on Escape XLS). The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Escape’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Honda CR-V LX/SE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escape has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Honda CR-V only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Escape’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Honda CR-V’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Escape’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Escape’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Honda CR-V’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The Escape Hybrid has a 115 volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape Limited’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Honda CR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Honda CR-V, including $56 less for a water pump, $71 less for an alternator, $570 less for a starter, $157 less for front struts, $60 less for a timing belt/chain and $6 less for a power steering pump.

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