Jones Ford Verde Valley Compares 2009 Ford Escape VS 2009 Honda CR-V Near Verde Valley, AZ

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2009 Ford Escape

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2009 Honda CR-V

Safety Comparison

Both the Escape and the Honda CR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

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 to get service under the Escape’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Escape’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (171 vs. 166) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (171 vs. 161) than the Honda CR-V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Escape Hybrid’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 11 more horsepower (177 vs. 166) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (239 vs. 161) than the Honda CR-V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Escape’s optional 3.0 DOHC V6 produces 74 more horsepower (240 vs. 166) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (223 vs. 161) than the Honda CR-V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Honda CR-V:

Escape

CR-V

FWD

Auto

34 city/31 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

Auto

29 city/27 hwy

20 city/26 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Escape FWD Auto 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Honda CR-V FWD (20 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

The Escape’s standard fuel tank has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Honda CR-V (16.5 vs. 15.3 gallons).

The Escape has a standard capless 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 Honda CR-V doesn’t offer a capless fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Escape

CR-V

Front Rotors

11.9 inches

11.65 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

The Escape XLT/Limited offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Honda CR-V, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Escape’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Honda CR-V’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Honda CR-V (8.4 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Escape is 3.2 inches shorter than the Honda CR-V, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .3 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the Honda CR-V.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door, to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Honda CR-V’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Honda 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.

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the Honda 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 Honda CR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad (not available on Escape XLS). The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Escape’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Honda CR-V LX’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escape has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Honda CR-V only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Escape’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Honda CR-V’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Escape (except XLS) offers an optional automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Escape’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Honda CR-V’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Escape’s optional 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 Honda CR-V doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Escape’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Honda CR-V’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The Escape Hybrid has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Escape is less expensive to operate than the Honda CR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Honda CR-V, including $28 less for a water pump, $42 less for an alternator, $269 less for a starter, $241 less for front struts and $130 less for a power steering pump.

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