Ready to explore Dallas, Plano, and Richardson, TX, from the driver’s seat of a versatile SUV? If so, then you’re likely considering 2021 Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. How do you know which one has the specifications you want?
To help you decide, our team at Five Star Ford Dallas put together the following head-to-head comparison of the Ford Escape vs. Honda CR-V.
2021 Ford Escape vs 2021 Honda CR-V: Efficiency & Hybrid Engines
When it comes to picking out your next adventure-ready SUV, efficiency likely sits high on your list of priorities. The Honda CR-V offers two engine options, including a hybrid one.
In the Ford Escape, you will find four engine options, including both a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid option. Though each model offers the same MPG for their standard gas models, the Ford Escape offers a bit more with its hybrid option:
Standard Gas Engine
EPA-estimated 28 city/34 highway MPG
EPA-estimated 28 city/34 highway MPG for 2WD trims
Available Hybrid Engine
EPA-estimated 44 city/37 highway MPGe
EPA-estimated 40 city/35 highway MPG
Explore Freely with a Plug-In Hybrid
The available 2.5L plug-in hybrid with front-wheel drive (FWD) in the 2021 Ford Escape achieves an impressive EPA-estimated 582 miles of range, so you can enjoy trip after trip without stopping to recharge. Unfortunately, the 2021 Honda CR-V does not offer a plug-in hybrid.
Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V: Power & Personalized Performance
Whether you’re passing a fellow driver on the highway or zipping across town, you’ll want a responsive engine to help you maneuver traffic. The 2021 Honda CR-V offers a maximum of 190 horsepower. In comparison, the 2021 Ford Escape offers an available 250-horsepower engine that drivers will find provides even quicker acceleration.
Selectable Drive Modes
Both these fun-loving SUVs also offer available drive modes that enable you to customize your daily commutes. The Ford Escape comes standard with selectable drive modes that you can switch among using a low-profile dial. The lineup includes Normal and Sport, as well as:
The standard 2021 Honda CR-V gas model does not come with drive modes and in the hybrid model, you will find three available drive modes.
2021 Ford Escape vs 2021 Honda CR-V: Towing Capacity
Gearing up for your annual family vacation or epic cross-county road trip? Either way, you’ll want to be able to tow over-sized toys like jet skis, snowmobiles, or a lightweight travel trailer. When properly equipped, the Ford Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
Over in the Honda CR-V, however, you may find its maximum 1,500-pound towing capacity a bit more limiting when preparing for your next adventure.
Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V: Safety, Driver Assistance, & Security
To keep you and your passengers safe, both SUVs offer a variety of safety features. The 2021 Ford Escape comes standard with driver-assistive Ford Co-Pilot360™ technology features, such as:
- Lane-Keeping System
- Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking
- BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert
The 2021 Honda CR-V offers similar features to these. However, only the Ford Escape comes standard with the BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert. In the Honda CR-V, you’ll have to upgrade to a higher trim level.
Choose Your Ride: 2021 Ford Escape or 2021 Honda CR-V?
Though the Honda CR-V puts up a good fight, the Ford Escape offers a larger towing capacity, greater efficiency, an additional drive mode, and more standard driver-assistive features. To experience this adaptable SUV for yourself, contact us at Five Star Ford Dallas.
Schedule your 2021 Ford Escape test drive near Dallas, Plano, and Richardson, TX, today!