Crossover SUVs are perennial favorites with families who want enough room for their active lifestyles without having to buy a huge, gas-guzzling SUV that looks and drives like a truck. They appreciate the crossover’s easy, car-like handling, fuel economy, and versatility.
Two Worthy Competitors
With so many smaller SUVs in this crowded field from which to choose, it’s becoming more difficult than ever to sort out which is the better buy. So we’d like to help you do some comparison shopping by showcasing two of the most popular, affordable, and capable crossovers you’ll find: The 2017 Honda CR-V for sale near Dayton, OH at your Miami Valley Honda dealers and its counterpart, the 2017 Ford Escape. We’ll put these two sporty SUVs to the test to see which of them is the better value regarding styling, features, technology, performance, fuel economy, and safety. We hope that this analysis will help you to decide which of these outstanding compact SUVs is best for your family.
CR-V’s Brand-New Looks
Let’s begin with how these vehicles compare visually. The design wizards at Honda managed to take a great-looking SUV and make it even sportier, sleeker, and sexier than ever. No small feat for an SUV that garnered auto industry accolades as Motor Trend’s 2015 SUV of the Year. Nevertheless, Honda knew well enough not to tweak the CR-V’s already svelte and athletic exterior too much.
More of an organic evolution than a total redesign, the hood of the new CR-V is longer, and the front end now offers brilliant LED headlights. Muscular fenders, a shorter rear overhang, bold lower front fascia, and dual exhausts give the 2017 CR-V a more aggressive look. Narrower “A” pillars and an enlarged greenhouse improve outward visibility.
The updated rear end now features new horizontal LED taillights and the CR-V’s sleek design also benefits from a new, available Active Shutter Grill that improves aerodynamic efficiency. A roofline spoiler, roof rails, and handsome new wheels give the new CR-V an added dimension of sportiness.
The 2017 Ford Escape undergoes a mild refresh of its own, although it looks a bit more like a tall wagon with echoes of Ford’s corporate styling philosophy evidenced by the Ford Fusion and other models.
CR-V’s Redesigned Cabin A Winner
On the inside, Ford took an interesting approach by giving the 2017 Escape an instrument cluster and center stack that appears disjointed and less cohesive than the ones found on 2017 CR-V’s totally redesigned cabin.
The CR-V features a reimagined instrument cluster with a unique horizontal tachometer that the follows the curve of the instrument binnacle. Centered below it is a new digital speedometer. And to the right of the instrument cluster is a new tablet-sized 7-inch Display Audio Touchscreen with a handy volume button brought back by popular demand.
Of course, everything about the new CR-V’s spacious and updated interior is an expression of Honda’s quality and craftsmanship. For 2017, Honda takes the level of refinement and luxury found in the new 2017 CR-V to new heights.
CR-V Gains More Room
Plus, by stretching the 2017 CR-V’s wheelbase, the CR-V gains 2 more inches of what Honda claims will be “best in class” rear-seat legroom. Additionally, the CR-V continues to offer better cargo capacity with up to 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the fold-flat 2nd-row seats and up to 70.9 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded flat. This compares favorably with the Escape, which offers just 34 cubic feet of space behind the 2nd-row seats and only 68 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded.
The CR-V also provides a host of convenient amenities. These include push-button start/stop, dual-zone climate controls, 4-way power front passenger seat, 8-way power driver’s seat an electronic parking brake, and rear USB charging ports.
You’ll also find that the new 2017 Honda CR-V for sale near Dayton at your Miami Valley Honda Dealers edges out the Ford when you compare their infotainment technologies. The 2017 Escape offers Ford’s SYNC® 3 and SYNC® Connect as optional features.
CR-V Gets Upgraded Tech
By comparison, the new 2017 Honda CR-V gets a serious technical upgrade with an available new Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ that was co-developed by Garmin®, a world leader in satellite navigation technology.
The new CR-V also features the advanced connectivity of Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. Surprisingly, you won’t find Ford currently offering either. Instead, they stick with their own in-house infotainment offers which are similar to the Honda’s but perhaps not as forward-thinking.
New Turbocharged Power For The CR-V
Both Honda and Ford equip their vehicles with some excellent powerplants. For 2017, Honda puts a powerful new 190-horsepower, 1.5-liter, DOHC, direct-injected turbocharged Earth Dreams™ 4-cylinder engine under the hood. This is in addition to the CR-V’s existing normally aspirated 2.4-liter, DOHC, direct-injected i-VTECO engine that provides a solid 185 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines mate to Honda’s advanced continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda’s exclusive G-shift Logic Control for smooth shifting and improved fuel economy.
The Escape offers a trio of power plants ranging from a 168-hp, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, a 179-hp, 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, to a 2.0-liter turbo. When you compare the CR-V’s 2.4-liter engine with the Escape’s 2.5-liter engine, you’ll find that the CR’V’s engine gets an EPA-estimated* 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway while the Escape manages an EPA-estimated* 22 mpg in the city and an identical 31 mpg on the highway. However, you’ll get more power from Honda’s 4-cylinder then you will with the Escape’s, and that makes all the difference.
CR-V’s Advanced Safety Features
Both Honda and Ford have done their homework when it comes to offering advanced safety features. Indeed, you’ll find that the Escape features similar active safety technologies when you compare it to the CR-V. However, the CR’V’s complement of active safety technologies, dubbed Honda Sensing™, continue to provide a higher degree of safety. These features include Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS).
Additional new driver-assistive technologies include the available Blind Spot Information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM) and Auto High Beam (HSS) headlights. A multi-angle rear backup camera with guidelines is standard on all Honda models.
As a result, it’s anticipated that the 2017 CR-V will earn similar top safety ratings from both the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in keeping with previous models.
CR-V The Award-Winning Champ
In the final analysis, both the 2017 Honda CR-V and the 2017 Ford Escape are two outstanding crossover SUV choices worthy of your consideration. But when you add it all up, we think the brilliant new 2017 Honda CR-V comes out ahead. Maybe someday the Ford Escape will achieve what the CR-V already has, and that’s being named Motor Trend’s 2015 SUV of the Year.
But here’s another thing that the Escape will be hard-pressed to match. Hondas are some of the most reliable cars on the road today. In fact, Honda dependability is legendary, with more than 78% of all Hondas built in the past 25 years are still on the road today.** Can the Escape live up to those numbers? Only time will tell. In the meantime, it’s just another reason why the 2017 Honda CR-V Touring is the clear winner.
The CR-V. Setting A New Standard. Again.
We look forward to introducing you to the all-new, redesigned, and superbly engineered 2017 Honda CR-V crossover soon. In the meantime, if you’re looking for some of the best deals on new 2017 Hondas for sale near Beavercreek, OH, then you won’t want to miss our “Happy Honda Days” sales event. We’re clearing out our remaining inventory of 2016 Hondas to make room for new 2017 models, so now is the best time of the year to save.
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*Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**IHS-Polk Survey Results