Top Compact Crossover!
2012 CR-V EX-L AWD vs. 2013 Ford Escape SEL 4WD
“This is the vehicle [CR-V] that virtually defines its class….”
According to a Consumers’ Favorites poll conducted by Edmunds.com, the Honda CR-V is consumers’ #1 choice in Compact Crossovers.
In a comparison of compact SUVs, including the 2012 CR-V and the 2013 Ford Escape (May 2012), Automobile Magazine noted about the 2012 CR-V: “This is the vehicle that virtually defines its class….” It’s not surprising, therefore, that the new 2013 Ford Escape is so similar to the CR-V in many respects, including its overall length and width, being offered exclusively with 4-cylinder engines, and offering a choice of front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configurations.
Beyond the similarities, however, CR-V offers customers many advantages over the 2013 Escape, including greater utility, greater driver and passenger comfort, the assurance of top safety ratings and unique safety features, a reputation for reliability, and greater overall value.
Top Safety Ratings/Unique Safety Features
The 2012 CR-V earned a 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It earned five stars in the frontal crash and side crash categories, and four stars in the rollover category.
The CR-V is a 2012 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK with “Good” performance in front, side, rollover, and rear tests.
The 2013 Ford Escape has not yet been tested by NHTSA or IIHS.
The 2013 Ford Escape does not offer anything comparable to CR-V’s Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure.
Superior Quality and Reliability
Honda is the highest ranked non-premium nameplate in the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) and the 2012 CR-V earned the best score in the compact crossover SUV category. That means the 2012 CR-V was more trouble-free than competitive compact SUVs during the initial ownership period.
Greater Overall Value
When comparably equipped, the 2012 CR-V EX-L AWD is priced (MSRP) $2,515 less than 2013 Ford Escape SEL 4WD (1.6L EcoBoost I4). Features like hill start assist, rearview camera, and front active head restraints are standard on CR-V, not available on Escape.
The 2012 CR-V EX-L AWD has a higher ALG residual value than the 2013 Escape SEL 4WD after 60 months.
CR-V provides 2.9 cubic feet more cargo volume and 3.1 cubic feet more maximum cargo volume than Escape
CR-V’s rear seats fold flat; Escape’s rear seats do not.
“…there are enormous storage bins everywhere… the rear seats fold flat in the most breathtakingly simple mechanical origami… no motors are involved, just a gentle tug on one of the two handles mounted cleverly (and accessibly) by the rear hatch. In one motion, the seat bottoms flip up and forward, then the seatbacks flop down. The CR-V might be the same size as these other two vehicles [2013 Ford Escape and 2013 Mazda CX-5], but no one told its interior – cargo room dwarfs the other two vehicles with the seats up or down. And the liftover height is impossibly low.” Automobile Magazine (May 2012)
Greater Driver and Passenger Comfort
CR-V provides 3.4 cubic feet more total passenger volume that is reflected in more front- and rear-seat shoulder room and rear-seat legroom for greater passenger comfort.
“Not only does the Ford [Escape] trail its other rivals in shoulder room front and rear, but the sloped center stack intrudes noticeably into the driver’s footwell. As a result, [the driver’s] right leg will remain in constant contact with hard plastic, fighting to get her leg far enough to the right to reach the offset and partially obscured gas pedal.” Automobile Magazine (May 2012).