2018 Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V

2018 Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V

2018 Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V

Compact SUVs are outrageously popular this year. There isn't a more crowded class, with over 20 offerings from almost as many manufacturers. Luckily for consumers, car makers are doing just about everything they can to catch your attention and net more sales than their competitors. Today we'll look at the cream of the crop: two of the most popular vehicles in the very popular compact SUV class. We'll see if the Ford Escape of the Honda CR-V are worth more of your attention. Remember: in this class you can afford to be picky.

Prices and Trims: Ford Escape

Competition drives prices down, scoring savings for savvy consumers such as yourself. The Ford Escape starts strong right out of the gate and never backs down. Its base price is $23,850, hundreds lower than the $24,150 base price of the Honda CR-V. That's the trend that continues through all the trim levels. The Ford Escape always finds itself a few hundred dollars lower than a similarly equipped Honda CR-V trim.

Interior Features: Ford Escape

The biggest front of the war between subcompact SUVs is waged on what the digital touchscreen can offer. The Ford Escape sports the easy-to-use SYNC 3 interface. It's got voice commands, intuitive navigation, and the life-saving MyKey for parents to monitor teen driving. A rear view camera comes standard with options that include satellite radio and a 10-speaker stereo system.

The CR-V offers less. It does have the rear view camera, standard on most vehicles this year. But nothing is voice activated and its infotainment system is both less responsive and less intuitive.

Acceleration and Power: Ford Escape

If you're looking for a fun ride--you're looking at SUVs, not stately sedans after all--you've come to the right class. The Ford Escape will get you to passing and merging speed faster than its Honda rival. Its base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 168 horsepower. There are better options available, like a sportier 1.5-liter turbo with 179 horsepower or the sportiest 2.0-liter turbo with 245 horsepower. Any of these will make you feel like the king or queen of the fast lane, but the turbocharged engine will really cement your rule.

The Honda CR-V is wrapped around its base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 184 horsepower or a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine with 190 horsepower. Those are decent, but not quite the thrill ride the Escape offers.