Compare 2017 Ford Escape vs 2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Ford Escape
2017 Honda CR-V
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S FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Escape S FWD 21 29 $22,920 $23,750
Escape SE 4WD 22 28 $25,785 $27,000
Escape SE FWD 23 30 $24,115 $25,250
Escape Titanium 4WD 22 28 $29,605 $31,000
Escape Titanium FWD 23 30 $27,935 $29,250
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EX 2WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CR-V EX 2WD 28 34 $25,157 $26,795
CR-V EX AWD 27 33 $26,374 $28,095
CR-V EX-L 2WD 28 34 $27,498 $29,295
CR-V EX-L 2WD w/Navi 28 34 $28,434 $30,295
CR-V EX-L AWD 27 33 $28,714 $30,595
CR-V EX-L AWD w/Navi 27 33 $29,651 $31,595
CR-V LX 2WD 26 32 $22,583 $24,045
CR-V LX AWD 25 31 $23,800 $25,345
CR-V Touring 2WD 28 34 $30,493 $32,495
CR-V Touring AWD 27 33 $31,710 $33,795

2017 Ford Escape vs. 2017 Honda CR-V: Compare Cars

Growing families on a budget will find two very impressive daily drivers in the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape. But they're quite different in many ways—and pretty much the polar opposites of this vehicle class.

Which is the better pick? As we tease, there are plenty of ways in which both the Escape and CR-V excel, and they're both among the best in the segment, but for very different reasons. It boils down to your personal priorities: If you're looking for the flexible, utility-driven safety specialist, take the CR-V; or if you weigh the driving experience and sportier styling higher on your list, then the Escape is going to be the better bet.

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,920
$25,157
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,750
$26,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$396 / month
$447 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.3
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Ford Escape foregoes a bit of utility in the name of style and sportiness, making it one of the better crossovers to drive. It's hard to imagine a compact crossover better aligned with the needs of most buyers than the 2017 Honda CR-V.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 41.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.1 102.9
Front Hip Room (in)
54.8 55.1
Second Leg Room (in)
36.8 40.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 38
Second Hip Room (in)
52.4 49.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56 57.9
Second Head Room (in)
39 39.1
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
66.3 66.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 63.7
Wheelbase (in)
105.9 104.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.4 73
Track Width, Front (in)
61.5 63
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.9 -
Length, Overall (in)
178.1 180.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
67.8 75.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
34.3 39.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
34.3 39.2
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12 10.2
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 11.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.7 14
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.8 37.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55HR17 P235/60HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/55HR17 P235/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
1500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3515 3358
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 7
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
170 @ 4500 179 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5 L/152 1.5 L/91
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
168 @ 6000 190 @ 5600
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 28
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 34
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 2.65 - 0.41
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.51 5.64
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 -
Trans Type
6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.94 1.86
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 -
Trans Order Code
446 NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.44 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Honda CR-V
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Short And Long Arm Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Short And Long Arm Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.3 5.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- NA
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 410
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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