The Powerful, Affordable SUV For the Virginia Roads: The 2018 Ford Escape vs The Honda CR-V

People who look for an SUV have certain standards that need to be met: they need a versatile vehicle that can be suited for any situation whether it's taking the kids to soccer practice, visiting relatives in Arlington or even towing a trailer. Above all, however, the right SUV for you and your family ought to be affordable, which is why the 2018 Ford Escape was made just for you. Since you likely have not chosen a car just yet, you'll probably want some proof of the Ford Escape's capabilities, so let's put some of its qualities and accolades to the test against another mid-sized SUV in its class, the 2018 Honda CR-V.


Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V

  • The starting price of the Ford Escape is $23,940 whereas the starting price for the Honda CR-V is $25,135.
  • The maximum towing capacity on the Honda CR-V is 1,500 pounds and it's generally not recommended to be a towing vehicle. The Ford Escape has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds and could easily tow smaller items like a uHaul or a lawn mower.
  • While the engine of the CR-V (base model) has a bit more horsepower than that of the Escape, many consumers prefer the engine of the Ford escape because of its better acceleration without the lag that sometimes comes with a turbocharged engine.
  • The Ford Escape also provides much smoother turns with its 38.8-foot turning radius (over the 37.4-foot radius of the Honda CR-V) as well as AdvanceTrac Roll Stability Control and curve control. It was because of this smoother, and more maneuverable, driving experience that the Escape received much higher praise by experts on Kelley Blue Book.
  • The Roadside Assistance Warranty for the Ford Escape covers you for five years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first) whereas with the Honda CR-V, you're only covered for three years or 36,000 miles.
  • All trims of the Ford Escape come with the SYNC Enhanced Voice Recognition Communication and Entertainment System as well as AppLink for integrating your smartphone. The base model of the Honda CR-V has Bluetooth capabilities, but no option for HondaLink, Apple CarPlay or Android Audio.

The 2018 Ford Escape vs The Nissan Rogue

The Honda CR-V isn't the only compact SUV the Ford Escape has to contend with. Vehicles like the new Nissan Rogue also offer a solid driving experience that's well worth your time and money. How does it compare to the Ford Escape? Let's take a look?

  • The 2018 Ford Escape has a lower starting price than the Nissan Rogue. The Escape starts at $23,940. That's more than a thousand dollars less than the Rogue's $25,750.
  • The Nissan Rogue can't match the towing capacity of the Ford Escape. The Rogue can only tow about 1,100 pounds. That's a lot less than Escape's maximum of 3,500 pounds, and places some severe limits on what the Rogue can do.

  • The Nissan Rogue's base engine gets better horsepower than the Ford Escape's. It also enjoys better fuel economy, especially if you invest in its hybrid option. For many drivers, however, the higher performance of the Ford Escape trumps all of that. Its best engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, can deliver 245 horsepower with 275 pounds-feet of torque.
  • The Ford Escape comes with a Roadside Assistance Warranty that covers the vehicle for the first five years or 60,000 miles. The Nissan Rogue, in comparison, offers a 36,000 mile/three-year warranty.
  • While the Nissan Connect infotainment system is nice, Ford's Sync 3 system is more robust and comes complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Every trim of the Ford Escape also offers SYNC Enhanced Voice Recognition Communication and Entertainment System and AppLink for easy smartphone integration.

Even if you just invest in the base model of the Escape, you're getting a great vehicle. The Nissan Rogue is good too, but it's overall offerings can't compare to everything that the Escape brings to the table.



Delivering the Ford Escape to Alexandria and Beyond

Even with the basic trim of the 2018 Ford Escape, there's still a lot more to be had for your money, which makes it a pretty practical mid-sized SUV. The best place to find the Ford Escape is right here at Koons Falls Church, so come down to our dealership and test drive the next Ford Escape for your future! We're conveniently located at 1051 East Broad Street in Falls Church, VA just 20 minutes away from Washington, D.C. See you soon!