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2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Ford Escape

Passenger side exterior view of a red 2018 Honda CR-V on the left "vs" driver side exterior view of a red 2018 Ford Escape on the right

Crossover SUVs are the perfect blend of fuel efficiency, flexible interior space, and overall versatility. Two of the most complete crossover SUVs available are the 2018 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Ford Escape. Both of these attractive and accommodating crossovers not only provide sleek and sporty exterior style but they also are loaded with the latest technology equipment as well. Deciding between these two beauties can be difficult and that is why we have broken down their key differences and similarities for you right here.

2018 Honda CR-V


2018 Ford Escape

2.4L In-Line 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.5L In-line 4-Cylinder
184 HP/ 180 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 168 HP/ 170 LB-FT
Continuously Variable Standard Engine 6-Speed Automatic
26 MPG City/ 32 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 21 MPG City/ 29 MPG HWY
*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery package/condition, and other factors.

Similarities & Differences

As you can see from the chart above the 2018 Honda CR-V has a more powerful and fuel-efficient standard drivetrain than the 2018 Ford Escape has. Of course, both the 2018 CR-V and the 2018 Escape offer more than their standard drivetrain, the Honda CR-V can be equipped with a 1.5L Turbocharged In-Line 4-Cylinder engine and the Ford Escape has an available 1.5L EcoBoost® Turbo I-4 engine. The 2018 Honda CR-V’s 1.5L Turbo engine outperforms the 1.5L EcoBoost® engine of the 2018 Ford Escape in terms of both power and fuel efficiency*. The 2018 Ford Escape does offer a 2.0L EcoBoost® engine that provides more horsepower and torque than the 2018 CR-V can offer, but it takes a substantial toll on the Escape’s fuel efficiency.

Both the 2018 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Ford Escape have seating for five people, but the Honda CR-V provides 105.9 cubic feet of overall passenger volume while the Ford Escape only has 98.7 cubic feet. The 2018 Honda CR-V also has 39.2 cubic feet of standard cargo space and up to 75.8 cubic feet with its rear seat folded flat while the 2018 Ford Escape only offers 43 cubic feet of standard cargo room and 68 cubic feet of total cargo space. With more powerful and efficient engine options as well as more interior passenger and cargo space, the 2018 Honda CR-V is the easy choice over the 2018 Ford Escape. You can take the 2018 Honda CR-V for a test drive today at Davenport Honda in Rocky Mount, NC today.