2018 Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V

With the popularity of compact crossovers and SUVs, many auto manufacturers have released models to cater to the demands of this class. The 2018 Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V are two of the top-selling vehicles in the segment, but there are a few differences that may make one a better choice for your needs.

For drivers in Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster, we've placed the 2018 Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V side by side, so you can compare all the key differences between these two popular crossovers.

Escape vs CR-V: Engines

The base engine for the 2018 Ford Escape is a 2.5L Duratec 4-cylinder that produces 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. It's a capable, entry-level engine, though there's more power to be had from the other Escape engine options. With the available 1.5L EcoBoost® engine, you harness even more power, with 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. There's also the available 2.0L EcoBoost® engine, which produces 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. All engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly and offers sport mode, and a shift switch or paddle shifters.

The base Honda CR-V engine is a 2.4L 4-cylinder that produces 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, mated to a continuously variable transmission. The other option is a 1.5L 4-cylinder, which generates 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the Escape, there's no high-performance engine option.


Unlike its competitors, the Ford Escape doesn't drive like a boxy SUV. It's light on its feet and handles curves with remarkable agility, and there's considerable body control. The steering is moderately weighted and responsive, and the ride is smooth and even.

With either CR-V engine, the driver has to dig in to find the acceleration needed for smooth, around town driving, and it's not designed to maneuver around turns and tight spots. The CR-V puts its emphasis on a pleasant ride, if not a fun or athletic one.


There are a myriad of advanced features inside the Ford Escape, which includes the SYNC® infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display, AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, and a rearview camera. Moving up to the higher trim levels, the Escape adds SiriusXM Traffic with Travel Link®, a power driver's seat, keypad entry, heated seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control. As if that weren't enough, the Ford Escape has more available features to further enhance your driving experience.

Other available features for the Escape include:

  • SYNC® 3 with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Power tailgate
  • 10-speaker Sony® sound system
  • HD Radio™
  • Keyless ignition
  • Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Driver-activated front rain-sensing windshield wipers

The CR-V includes a 4-speaker audio system, Cruise Control, Bluetooth®, and a rearview camera as standard equipment, with such options as keyless ignition, power-adjustable seating, a power moonroof, and Honda Sensing®, a collision-avoidance technology package, in higher trim levels.

There are many similar features available for the Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V, but there are more features for the Escape's lower trim levels, and more customization options. The CR-V offers few standalone options or packages to tailor the vehicle to your needs.

Test Drive the 2018 Ford Escape at Fred Beans Ford of Doylestown

When it comes to performance, features, and versatility, the Honda CR-V just can't compete with the 2018 Ford Escape.

Drivers in Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster can learn more about the 2018 Ford Escape by visiting Fred Beans Ford to schedule a test drive. Contact us today!

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