2018 Honda CR-V

Starting Price: $25,245 | Price yours

Above Average: Honda reliability, Honda resale, available turbocharged engine, big back seat and cargo area

Below Average: Infotainment system controls

Consensus: The segment leader continues to shine, offering value, safety and peace of mind at a very affordable price


2018 Ford Escape

Starting Price: $24,935 | Price yours

Above Average: Sporty handling, numerous high-tech features, excellent SYNC 3 infotainment, choice of turbocharged engines

Below Average: Aging platform, small interior and cargo area, so-so reliability and resale figures

Consensus: An established sporty compact crossover with a wide array of engines, options and connectivity upgrades


The 2018 Honda CR-V remains a favorite for a number of reasons. It’s priced right, offers a roomy interior and cargo area, sips gas and earns top marks for its crash test results and resale values. So good is the CR-V that it won KBB’s Small SUV Best Buy of 2018 award. The 2018 Ford Escape delivers a sporty ride, three engine options including two turbocharged engines and such upscale features as automated park assist and a panoramic moonroof. However, the Escape’s aging platform can’t deliver the smooth ride and quite interior of the CR-V, nor can it match the Honda’s roomy interior dimensions or superior fuel economy figures. The Escape can, however, be equipped to tow up to 3,500 pounds, 2,000 more than the CR-V.

Honda CR-V Advantages

Newer design, smooth ride, quiet interior, available road departure mitigation, larger rear seat and cargo area

Ford Escape Advantages

High-output turbocharged engine option, numerous high-tech safety and convenience features, sporty handling, higher tow rating

Final Recommendation

The CR-V is a win-win proposition, offering a nearly unbeatable combination of price, value, features and fuel economy. The Ford Escape isn’t as roomy, quiet or modern, but it is quicker, offers better handling and more upscale options. However, when it comes to resale, the CR-V holds its value better than the Ford Escape.

  2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Ford Escape
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter I4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 184 hp @ 6,400 rpm 168 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 180 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm 170 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission Continuously Variable Automatic, 6-Spd
Fuel Economy 28 mpg (26 city/32 hwy) 24mpg (21 city/29 hwy)
Also Available 1.5L turbo I4 1.5L turbo I4, 2.0L turbo I4
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 104.7 inches 105.9 inches
Overall Length 180.6 inches 178.1 inches
Width 73.0 inches 72.4 inches
Height 66.1 inches 66.3 inches
Turning Diameter 37.4 feet 38.8 feet
Headroom, Front 40.1 inches 39.9 inches
Headroom, Rear 39.2 inches 39.0 inches
Legroom, Front 41.3 inches 43.1 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.4 inches 37.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.9 inches 55.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.6 inches 55.2 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 105.9 cu. ft.  98.7 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 39.2 cu. ft. 34.0 cu. ft.
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