Yes, the small SUV segment is incredibly competitive with over two dozen models duking it out. But someone’s gotta take #1, right? Both Honda and Ford have stepped into the spotlight with their award-winners: CR-V and Escape. Read our crossover comparison below to see which compact SUV is the best in America.


When comparing the CR-V vs. Escape, you’ll notice that both SUVs come with niceties including heated leather seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. However, for road trips, you’ll do no better than the five-seater CR-V. It offers 105.9 cubic feet of passenger space, 40.4 inches of rear legroom, and 57.9 inches of front shoulder room. The 2019 Escape only offers 98.7 cubic feet of space, 37.3 inches of rear legroom, and 55.9 inches of front shoulder room.

Seats are supportive and comfortable on all CR-V trims, though the CR-V EX and higher models come with 12-way power adjustments. The 2019 Honda CR-V also features wider doors that open a complete 90 degrees, allowing for easier entering and exiting. Many SUV shoppers won’t notice this subtle design element, but it’s one that makes a difference.

Winner: Honda CR-V

Cargo Space

There’s no competition between the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V when it comes to the cargo area: Honda wins easily. The 2019 CR-V provides a rip-roaring 75.8 cubic feet up to the front seats and 39.2 cu. ft. behind the second row. The 2019 Escape, on the other hand, provides a lackluster 34-cu.-ft. cargo area that extends to just 68 cubic feet with the rear seats down.

Winner: Honda CR-V


2018 Honda CR-V IIHS Top Safety Pick

Like the 2018 model, the 2019 Honda CR-V is likely to pick up an IIHS Top Safety Pick and a perfect 5-star rating from the NHTSA. Superior frontal crash protection, on both passenger and driver sides, as well as better LATCH anchors put the CR-V well ahead of the Ford Escape. Both the CR-V and Escape come with available safety features like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Winner: Honda CR-V


The upgraded 8-inch touchscreen on the Ford Escape narrowly beats out the CR-V’s 7-incher, though neither small SUV can claim gold here. Shared amongst the CR-V and Escape are features like Apple CarpPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth, push-button start, a hands-free power liftgate, built-in navigation, USB ports, memory driver’s seats, and premium audio.

Winner: Tie

Fuel Economy

Even though the Ford Escape offers a slightly more robust series of engines, that doesn’t help it beat the Honda CR-V at the fuel pump.

The 2019 CR-V’s base inline-four gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined, and its 190-hp turbo-four brings home the gold with a combined 34 mpg. Those are some of the best fuel efficiency numbers in the segment.

Expect just 24 combined mpg from the base Ford Escape and its 2.5L inline-four. The 1.5L turbo-four doesn’t fare much better (26 combined mpg), and neither does the bigger 2.0L turbo (24 combined mpg). You’d think Ford’s direct-injection and stop-start tech would boost fuel economy, but alas, they do not.

Winner: Honda CR-V


Head to Head, the New Honda CR-V is a Better Buy

Carrying over its deserving 2018 Motor Trend SUV of the Year award, the new CR-V is head and shoulders above the Ford Escape. Priced comparably and with more space and comfort than the Escape, the 2019 CR-V may be one of Honda’s best yet. Come take it for a spin around Phoenix by visiting your nearest Valley Honda Dealers location in Arizona. We’re sure that you’ll come to know the 2019 Honda CR-V as the best crossover in America.


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