2019 Ford Escape vs. Honda CR-V

March 22nd, 2019 by

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In a market flooded with crossover utility vehicles, there are many things to consider. There is a seemingly endless assortment of makes, models, trim levels, and options. In this review, two representative and popular crossover SUV models are chosen to somewhat simplify the process. These two models are the 2019 Ford Escape, for sale in Leavenworth at Zeck Ford, and the 2019 Honda CR-V. Price, fuel costs, engines, transmissions, external options, and interior comforts are compared.

MSRP Price and Fuel Costs

The 2019 Ford Escape and 2019 Honda CR-V are very similar in price ranges from the base models to the ultimate top trim levels. The 2019 Ford Escape price ranges from $24,105 to $34,120 MSRP. The Honda CR-V ranges in price from $24,350 to $34,150. It is almost as if someone was looking over someone’s shoulder as these ranges are very similar. It should be noted that these ranges will vary according to location and other geographic location considerations (e.g., availability, import duties, and taxes).

When choosing a vehicle of any kind, the cost of keeping it running down the road is a major consideration. Outside of oil changes, tune-ups, and repairs, to most, that means fuel economy.

The Ford, in its four trim levels, in city driving has a high of 23 mpg and a low of 21 mpg. Highway driving is in the range of 29 mpg to 30 mpg. The Honda CR-V is also available in four trim levels that, in city driving, has a high of 28 mpg and a low of 25 mpg. The Honda’s highway driving is in the range of 32 mpg to 34 mpg. The Honda seems to have the edge in this department but, as we will see, this comes at a price in terms of “the whole package” and engine choices.

2019 Ford Escape and Honda CR-V Engines and Transmissions

When it comes to the drivetrain, the 2019 Ford Escape has four trim levels that together have three engine options. All use a six-speed automatic transmission.

At the base S level, the Escape starts with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 168 horsepower (HP) and 170 pound-feet of torque (lb-ft). This comes with a six-speed transmission and front-wheel drive (FWD). Moving up to the SE and SEL, there is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 179 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque. The Titanium offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 245 HP and 275 lb-ft of torque. The SE, SEL, and Titanium are available with all-wheel drive (AWD).

The 2019 Honda CR-V also has four trim levels but with just two engine choices and one transmission choice. The base LX has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 184 HP and 180 lb-ft of torque mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission with FWD. Next is the EX with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 190 HP with 179 lb-ft of torque. The EX-L and Touring trim levels offer the same engine choices with the continuously variable automatic transmission with AWD options. As one can see, the power ranges are similar to the Ford offering three engine choices to the Honda’s two.

2019 Ford Escape Features and Options

The 2019 Ford Escape’s base model includes cruise control,17-inch steel wheels, MyKey parental controls, air conditioning (A/C), a 4.2-inch central display, Bluetooth, USB port, a CD player with a six-speaker sound system, a rear-view camera, automatic headlights, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding seat, and a reclining rear seat.

The SE ups it to sound-reducing window glass, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear air vents, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button ignition, cloth upholstery, a rear center armrest, a nine-speaker sound system, eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Sync, dual USB ports, chrome exterior trim, roof rails, fog lights,, keyless entry, rear privacy glass, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar adjustment, heated front seats, and satellite radio.

The SEL has all the SE equipment and adds a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a leather shift knob, cloth upholstery, roof rack rails, power-adjustable heated side mirrors, rear parking sensors, and optional 18-inch wheels.

The flagship Titanium adds to the SEL with remote start, 19-inch wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient interior lighting, a 110-volt power outlet, additional 12-volt power outlets, xenon headlights, heated 10-way power-adjustable front seats, and driver-seat memory settings.

2019 Honda CR-V Features and Options

The Honda CR-V base LX level offers automatic climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, a rearview camera, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a four-speaker audio system with a five-inch color display.

The EX is a substantial bump up by adding 18-inch wheels, upgraded driver information display, a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Audio phone integration, second-row USB charging ports, satellite radio, power-adjustable driver’s seat, rearview camera, heated front seats, remote start, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, fog lights, automatic high beams, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, a retractable cargo cover, keyless entry, keyless start, sunroof and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The top-of-the-line Touring adds to an already feature-packed list with a navigation system, a sub-woofer, hands-free power liftgate, LED headlights, dual chrome exhaust tips, roof rails, automatic wipers, and ambient interior lighting.

As one can see, the wide assortment of features for both the 2019 Ford Escape and Honda CR-V is overwhelming. Considering it all, the Ford Escape comes out on top with features like larger wheels, a larger display, household electric power outlets, added speakers and more creature comfort offerings.

Summing It Up

Taking it all into account, 2019 Ford Escape reviews show that the 2019 Ford Escape edges out the 2019 Honda CR-V in the sheer volume of different available mechanical features (e.g., engine choices), interior comforts, and exterior options. In typical American fashion, there is more room for customizing the vehicle to one’s particular liking. While many things are quite similar, in particular, the sticker price, the Ford offers more in terms of engine choices, creature comforts, and exterior and mechanical features.