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Love ‘em a little or love ‘em a lot, the crossover SUV remains America’s sweetheart. The segment’s growth is unprecedented even as truck sales climb, and the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape have been paramount to the crossover’s success. With the CR-V and Escape trading best-selling months like body blows, only one question remains: Who will land the knock-out punch?

As South Florida Honda Dealers, we’ve crossed paths with thousands of Honda CR-V crossovers and our fair share Ford Escapes. Even before this bout’s bell dings, it’s clear to us whose glove will be raised in the most celebratory fashion.

Endurance in Fuel Efficiency & Performance

Both the CR-V and Escape have led the hotly contested segment for months—nay, years—and proven their endurance to be equally unrivaled. But while the new Honda CR-V is still chugging along with exceptional fuel-efficiency ratings, the Ford Escape is showing signs of wear. With city/highway numbers at 22/31 and 21/29 mpg (respectively), neither the 2016 nor the 2017 Escape match up against the CR-V’s near best-in-class 26/33 mpg. In fact, the 2017 Ford Escape has even taken a step back from its predecessor.

Besting the Ford Escape in fuel economy, the 2016 CR-V certainly looks the part of a champion.

The Power of Horsepower

Boxers know that power comes from a firmly planted back foot. With the standard trims of the CR-V and Escape being FWD, they’re making a case for the opposite. Fitted with 2.4L and 2.5L inline-four engines, the base Honda CR-V and Ford Escape may appear similar, but the subtle differences underneath their hoods make them worlds apart.

Both the 2017 and 2017 Ford Escape are equipped with the 2.5-liter inline-four and produce the same 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. An optional 1.6L turbocharged induction engine is available on some trim levels, which turn at 184 lb-ft and produce just 178 horsepower. An automatic six-speed transmission comes standard with all trim levels.

On the other side of the ring stands the 2016 CR-V, with a 2.4L engine that pops out an impressive 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. It clobbers the standard 2.5L engine of the Escape and makes quick work of its turbocharged sibling. The CR-V also has equal parts bite and bark thanks to Honda’s well-received continuously variable transmission. An athletic powerhouse like the CR-V only rises to prominence once in a lifetime.

Wingspan Makes a Difference

Crowded as the segment may be, crossover SUVs entice and keep their fans because of their passenger and cargo space. Designed to be half-sedan and half-minivan, SUVs have been balancing the line between the two for years, often leaning too heavily on one side or the other—much to their detriment.

That’s the case with the Ford Escape. Built on the Ford Focus chassis, the Escape is 178-inches in length and lacks the interior roominess you’d expect in a crossover. Both the ’17 and ’16 models offer just over 98” of passenger volume—an achievement not to be commended. Cargo space is respectable at 34.3 cu-ft, and with the rear seats dropped down it increases to nearly 68 cu-ft.


The Honda CR-V pummels the Ford Escape in interior space. Passenger volume comes in at a staggering 104.1 inches—5 full inches more than the Escape—and its cargo capacity is approximately 3 inches more than that of Ford’s crossover. And with just an inch more in wingspan, The CR-V seems to have solved the problem that many crossover SUV’s have: a cramped interior.


The Winner & Reigning Champion is…

“When you factor in the stuff that most people desire most — practicality, fuel economy, usability, interior space and safety — the 2016 CR-V is tough to beat.” That’s what writes in its review of the 2016 Honda CR-V—and at South Florida Honda Dealers, we couldn’t agree more. Regarding interior roominess, fuel efficiency, and general usefulness, it’s no surprise the CR-V came out on top in the CR-V vs. Escape battle.

If you’re ready to embrace the champion in you, reward yourself with not only one of the best SUVs in the country but one of the best vehicles in the world. Period. Discover your closest dealership online or visit one of your South Florida Honda dealers to buy or lease an all-new 2016 CR-V today! There are convenient Honda dealership locations in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Port St. Lucie, and throughout South Florida.


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