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Vehicle Comparisons:
2018 Honda CR-V vs Ford Escape

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When drivers throughout Centennial, Aurora, and Denver want an SUV, they often look for one with lots of space, good fuel economy, and plenty of features. Two options out there are the CR-V and the Escape. But which one is right for you and your family?

2018 Honda CR-V vs Ford EscapeTo help answer that question, our team at Mile High Honda created this 2018 Honda CR-V vs. Ford Escape comparison. We’ll give you a detailed look at each vehicle so that you can make an informed decision. Read all about them below, and contact us if you have any questions.

Interior Space & Amenities

While both SUVs can comfortably seat five, you may find more room to stretch out in the Honda CR-V, especially in the back. Here, you’ll get 39.2 inches of rear headroom, 40.4 inches of rear legroom, and 105.9 cubic feet of total passenger volume. But in the Ford Escape, you’ll get just 39 inches of rear headroom, 36.8 inches of rear legroom, and 98.1 cubic feet of passenger volume.

And if you need room for grocery bags, backpacks, luggage, or other items, the CR-V offers 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the rear seats down, and that space expands to 75.8 cubic feet. In comparison, the Escape has 34.3 cubic feet behind its rear seats. Fold them down, and it becomes 67.8 cubic feet.

But both vehicles offer heated leather-trimmed seats, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control. Plus, to get in that perfect position behind the wheel, the CR-V offers a 12-way power adjustment driver’s seat with 4-way power lumbar support.


The Escape, on the other hand, offers a 10-way power driver’s seat. As a result, you may not get as comfortable as you could in the CR-V.

Advanced Safety Options

The 2018 CR-V and 2018 Escape are each considered to be very safe vehicles. They both offer driver-assisting technologies to help prevent an accident from occurring, like:

But even though these two vehicles have several safety features in common, the Honda CR-V earned a 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK1 rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Ford Escape, unfortunately, didn’t earn this award.

Performance Specs

2018 Honda CR-V vs Ford EscapeThe 2018 CR-V comes standard with a 2.4L i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine that delivers 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. It also has an optional 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder that puts out 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque.

The 2018 Escape, meanwhile, comes standard with a 2.5L iVCT I-4 engine that only delivers 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque.

You can also drive farther for longer in the CR-V, as it can achieve an EPA-estimated 28 city/34 highway MPG.2 The Escape, however, can only achieve an EPA-estimated 23 city/30 highway MPG.

2018 CR-V vs 2018 Escape: Verdict

The 2018 Ford Escape is an impressive SUV. However, the 2018 Honda CR-V may be the better option for you with its longer list of features and more reliable performance. But to help decide if it’s right for you, you’ll need to check it out in person.

If you live near Centennial, Aurora, or Denver and want to get behind the wheel of the CR-V, then schedule a test drive at Mile High Honda today!

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1 The 2018 CR-V with available Honda Sensing® has been awarded the esteemed TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of its excellent safety performance. 2Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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