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.