2017 Ford Escape vs 2016 Honda CR-V

The compact crossover has started to establish a place as the new family vehicle. These versatile and fuel efficient vehicles have become a practical choice for drivers looking for an alternative from the traditional sedan. The 2017 Ford Escape vs the 2016 Honda CR-V compares two of top choices is the compact crossover class.

The Escape and the CR-V both begin by offering standard four-cylinder engines on base trim levels. In addition to the standard 2.5-liter engine, two EcoBoost four-cylinder engines are available on the 2017 Escape. The second engine offered is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that offers 179 horsepower while earning the best fuel economy ratings offered on the Escape at 23 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highways.

The final engine offered maxes out the performance ratings of the new Escape. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, this engine delivers 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. The highest horsepower numbers available on 2016 CR-V come with the base engine, which produces 185 horsepower.

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2017 Ford Escape VS 2016 Honda CR-V
2.5-liter four-cylinder Base Engine 2.4-liter four-cylinder
3 Engine Options 1
245 Max Horsepower 185
Automatic Standard Transmission CVT

2017 Ford Escape Models and Features

Both the 2017 Ford Escape and 2016 Honda CR-V are offered in multiple trim levels. Honda offers the CR-V in five models while the Escape is available in three. Opting for fewer trim levels increases the concentration of features on each model. The 2017 Escape is available in S, SE and Titanium models.

The base 2017 Escape S trim level comes equipped with 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, LED taillights, a rearview camera, SYNC interface with USB, auxiliary and Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker sound system. Moving up to the SE trim level adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a keypad entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air vents, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and satellite radio.

The SE Escape can be equipped with multiple packages that add features like LED daytime running lights, roof rails, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, a 110-volt three-prong power outlet, SYNC 3 infotainment system, a nine-speaker sound system, heated seats, leather upholstery, a power liftgate, 18-inch wheels and remote engine start.

Top-of-the-line Escape Titanium trim levels includes all of the features mentioned above, adding keyless entry and ignition, ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a 10-speaker Sony sound system. Titanium models can also be equipped with adaptive cruise control with a forward collision warnings system, automatic highbeams, xenon headlights, a heated steering wheel, 19-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, a panoramic sunroof and automatic parking systems.

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