Vehicle Comparisons:
Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V

If you’re shopping for a crossover, certain features are important, like capable performance, safety features and modern technology. Many modern crossovers offer these features and much more, so how do you choose?

Drivers in Lewistown, State College, Bellefonte and Port Matilda can find out the main differences between two of the top crossovers, the 2018 Ford Escape vs. Honda CR-V, with our vehicle comparison.

Performance and Handling

With three available engines, the 2018 Ford Escape can be whatever it needs to be. The engines range from a 168-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-four to a 245-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo-four, with a strong, steady, 179-horsepower turbo-four in between. All three options offer up plenty of power and responsiveness, as well as exceptional agility and consistent shifts from the six-speed automatic transmission.

The Honda CR-V is equipped with a 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline-four or a 190-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbo-four. Both are mated to a continuously variable transmission, and there’s no high-powered option in this lineup. Unfortunately, the available engines can’t make up the difference and require the driver to dig deep to find the necessary power from either one.

Safety Features

The 2018 Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V scored well in their crash testing from both the NHTSA and the IIHS. They’re also both available with a range of modern safety technology and driver assistance features.

A rearview camera is standard for the Escape, as well as the Teen Driver system, which is a feature that allows the vehicle’s owner to preset variables like the sound volume or speed. This is a handy feature for young drivers, those borrowing the vehicle or valets. Additional options like adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning are also available.

The Honda CR-V offers the Honda Sensing safety technology, which is a suite of features such as active lane control and road departure mitigation, for its mid to upper trim levels. Unfortunately, no safety technology is available for the base model, and there’s no equivalent for the Teen Driver system available.


The 2018 Ford Escape has some of the best technology on the market, including satellite radio, a premium Sony sound system and the intuitive Sync 3 infotainment system with either a 4.2- or eight-inch touchscreen. Based on Chrysler’s Uconnect interface, the Sync 3 system is one of the most responsive and user-friendly interfaces on the market and pairs well to many high-tech apps.

The Honda CR-V also offers premium audio, satellite radio and single infotainment option with a seven-inch touchscreen. This is only available for higher trim levels, unlike the Escape’s standard system, and isn’t nearly as impressive. Though the screen is large and clear, its graphics leave much to be desired and it’s difficult to navigate the large menu.

Test Drive the 2018 Ford Escape at the Lake Dealerships

At a glance, these two vehicles may appear to have identical features. After taking a closer look with our 2018 Ford Escape vs. Honda CR-V comparison, the 2018 Ford Escape outperforms the Honda CR-V’s performance, safety and technology.

Drivers in Lewistown, State College, Bellefonte and Port Matilda can learn more about the 2018 Ford Escape by visiting the Lake Dealerships. Stop by today to schedule your test drive!