Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Ford Escape VS 2014 Honda CR-V Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Ford Escape

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2014 Honda CR-V

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the Escape Titanium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Escape offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Escape and the CR‑V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Honda CR‑V:





4 Stars

4 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

262/227 lbs.

498/946 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Honda CR‑V:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

179 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

437 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

54 G’s

60 G’s

Hip Force

649 lbs.

739 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

18 inches

18 inches




Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

707 lbs.

793 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Escape comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the CR‑V.

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Escape’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (170 vs. 163) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Escape’s optional 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 163) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 55 more horsepower (240 vs. 185) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 163) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape ECOBoost is faster than the Honda CR‑V:

Escape 1.6

Escape 2.0


Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec


3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

6.8 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

15.2 sec

16.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape 1.6 ECOBoost FWD gets better fuel mileage than the CR-V FWD (23 city/32 hwy vs. 23 city/31 hwy).

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escape’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CR‑V:



Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

The Escape stops much shorter than the CR‑V:



70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the CR‑V (235/55R17 vs. 215/70R16). The Escape’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CR‑V (235/55R17 vs. 225/65R17).

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR‑V LX’s standard 70 series tires. The Escape Titanium’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CR‑V EX/EX-L’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CR‑V LX. The Escape Titanium’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels on the CR‑V EX/EX-L.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CR‑V’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The CR‑V doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the CR‑V (105.9 inches vs. 103.1 inches).

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the CR‑V EX-L AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the CR‑V EX-L AWD (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the CR‑V (7.9 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 700 pounds less than the Honda CR‑V.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The CR‑V doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Escape Titanium AWD is quieter than the CR‑V EX-L AWD (39 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 1.8 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front hip room and .4 inches more rear headroom than the CR‑V.

The front step up height for the Escape is 1.3 inches lower than the CR‑V (16.8” vs. 18.1”). The Escape’s rear step up height is .3 inches lower than the CR‑V’s (17.5” vs. 17.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Escape (except S) offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Escape Titanium, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Escape automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The CR‑V’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

When three different drivers share the Escape Titanium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a memory system.

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the CR‑V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escape is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR‑V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Escape Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CR‑V’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The CR‑V doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Intelligent Access standard on the Escape Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Honda CR‑V doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The CR‑V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The CR‑V EX/EX-L’s manually variable intermittent wipers don’t change delay with speed.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Escape has standard extendable sun visors. The CR‑V doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Escape Titanium’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CR‑V doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Both the Escape and the CR‑V offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The CR‑V doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115 volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The CR‑V doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the CR‑V because it costs $70 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the CR‑V, including $114 less for an alternator, $10 less for front brake pads, $184 less for a starter, $214 less for front struts and $162 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Ford Escape and Honda CR‑V won an award in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its September 2013 issue and they ranked the Ford Escape SE first. They ranked the Honda CR‑V EX-L third.

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