2020 Ford Escape vs 2020 Honda CR-V 

2020 Ford Escape vs 2020 Honda CR-V

From the roof rails down to the tire tread, the 2020 Ford Escape is all-new, and the changes are anything but subtle. The fourth-generation Escape enters the new age with a new wide-stanced, aerodynamic design that shaves off 200 lbs. of weight. The redesign moves the Escape closer in appearance to its Honda counterpart – the CR-V – and that leaves us wondering how the rivals compare now that so much has changed. See how the compact Honda SUV steps up to challenge when we compare the advantages of the 2020 Ford Escape vs the 2020 Honda CR-V.

Among many changes for 2020, the Ford Co-Pilot 360™ suite now comes standard on the Escape. That means all Escape owners have access to automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection. This becomes a major point of contention for CR-V enthusiasts. On the Honda CR-V lineup, most driver-assistance systems don’t make an appearance until the midrange EX model.

2020 Ford Escape 


2020 Honda CR-V 

$25,980  Starting MSRP  $26,145 
1.5L turbo I4 or 2.0L turbo I4  Engine Options  1.5L turbo I4 
181 – 250 hp  Horsepower  190 hp 
3,500 lbs.  Towing Capacity  1,500 lbs. 

Advantages of the 2020 Ford Escape 

2020 Honda CR-V is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged I-4 engine, which generates 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. The new Escape’s base engine matches with a standard 1.5-liter EcoBoost® I-3 engine rated for 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. Available on select Escape trim levels, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost® I-4 engine tops the board at 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque.

Both models are available with all-wheel drive, but even the front-wheel-drive Ford Escape has selectable drive modes for Slippery, Deep Snow and Sand. The dramatic redesign has also lowered the Escape’s center of gravity and given it a wider stance, making for surprisingly nimble handling. And since the 2020 Escape is all-new, you can expect the best and brightest in technology with features like:

  • 12.3-Inch Digital Instrument Cluster
  • 10-speaker B&O™ Sound System
  • Available Active Park Assist 2.0
  • Hands-Free, Foot-Activated Liftgate

Drivers seeking more information on the new Escape can contact an Akins Ford dealership representative for more details and personalized assistance.