Greene Ford Compares 2016 Ford Escape VS 2016 Honda CR-V Near Cumming, GA

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2016 Ford Escape

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2016 Honda CR-V

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the Escape Titanium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Escape and the CR‑V 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 daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

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 Ford Escape is safer than the Honda CR‑V:

Escape

CR‑V

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.6 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

176 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

54 G’s

61 G’s

Hip Force

649 lbs.

726 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

357

473

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

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape first among compact SUVs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The CR‑V isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 55 more horsepower (240 vs. 185) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 181) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape 2.0 EcoBoost is faster than the Honda CR‑V:

Escape

CR‑V

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.8 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Escape has a standard cap-less 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 CR‑V doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Escape

Escape ECOBoost

CR‑V

CR‑V AWD

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.7 inches

11.8 inches

The Escape stops shorter than the CR‑V:

Escape

CR‑V

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the CR‑V (235/55R17 vs. 215/70R16). The Escape’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CR‑V (235/55R17 vs. 225/65R17).

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR‑V LX’s standard 70 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CR‑V Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CR‑V LX. The Escape’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CR‑V Touring.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CR‑V’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 CR‑V doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the CR‑V (105.9 inches vs. 103.1 inches).

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the CR‑V Touring AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the CR‑V Touring AWD (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the CR‑V (7.9 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The CR‑V doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 1.8 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front hip room and .4 inches more rear headroom than the CR‑V.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape Titanium’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape 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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the 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 CR‑V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CR‑V’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The CR‑V doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The 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. The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The CR‑V EX/EX-L/Touring’s manually variable intermittent wipers don’t change delay with speed.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape Titanium’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 CR‑V doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Escape, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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