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The 2016 Ford Escape vs. the 2016 Honda CR-V

white ford escape suv driving next to this brand new honda CR-v

When it comes to crossover SUVs, the 2016 Ford Escape is the full package! With three engine options to choose from compared to the one engine offered by the 2016 Honda CR-V, the Ford Escape can bring plenty of horsepower, torque, and towing capacity to the table, without sacrificing fuel economy, luxury, or handling.

The available EcoBoost engines allow the 2016 Ford Escape to extract more power from each drop of fuel, meaning more horsepower and more torque without a big drain on your gas tank or your pocketbook. Add to that the luxury amenities that you demand from a modern crossover and driver assist technologies that the 2016 Honda CR-V just can't match, not to mention plenty of cargo space and a truly hands-free liftgate, and you can see why the 2016 Ford Escape is the winner, hands down. Advantage: Ford Escape.

Vehicle Power and Handling

Whether you want to maximize fuel economy or power, the 2016 Ford Escape has an engine option that's perfect for you. And even the smallest engine available on the Ford Escape—the 1.6 liter EcoBoost I-4, which can get an EPA-estimated 32 highway miles-per-gallon—still beats the 2016 Honda CR-V's only available engine by 500 lbs. when it comes to towing. Properly equipped, the 2016 Ford Escape can tow up to 3,500lbs. That's 2,000lbs more than the 2016 Honda CR-V!

In addition to generating more torque, the 2016 Ford Escape also offers superior handling and available driver assist technologies to make driving fun, safe, and easy! From Intelligent 4WD that monitors road conditions every 16 milliseconds to give you the best control, to a Blind Spot Information System that monitors not only the driver's side blind spot but also the passenger's side. Advantage: Ford Escape

Vehicle Design and Features

When it comes to style, there's just no comparison between the 2016 Ford Escape and the 2016 Honda CR-V. The CR-V looks boxy and ungainly on the road, and it takes a knock in handling as a result. The Ford Escape, by comparison, has been called a "hatchback on steroids," and it offers both sporty styling and all the amenities and cargo space that you expect from a crossover SUV, including a truly hands-free liftgate that you can activate simply by kicking your foot near the back bumper when the keys are nearby.

Looking for the best in style and amenities? The 2016 Ford Escape has got it in optional features like voice-activated SYNC 3 technology, Panoramic Vista Roof, leather interiors, and chrome accents. Looking for the best in driver assist and safety technologies? The 2016 Ford Escape comes standard with a rear view camera, not to mention available Intelligent 4WD, active park assist, Blind Spot Information System, and a driver knee airbag, to name a few. Advantage: Ford Escape.

Our Conclusions: The Ford Escape is the Better SUV

Whatever it is you want when you get behind the wheel of a crossover SUV, there's a 2016 Ford Escape for you! If you're just running around town picking up groceries and taking the kids to school, the fuel-efficient 1.6 liter EcoBoost I-4 engine offers an EPA-estimated 32 highway miles-per-gallon, while if you want to go on an adventure, the more powerful 2.0 liter EcoBoost I-4 delivers 240 horsepower while still maintaining an EPA-estimated combined miles-per-gallon of 25 (30 on the highway). And even the smallest engine on the 2016 Ford Escape can still tow 500 lbs. more than the 2016 Honda CR-V. When fully equipped, the 2016 Ford Escape can tow a massive 3,500 lbs. That's 2000 more than the CR-V! To put that in perspective, the average personal watercraft or snowmobile weighs around 500 lbs., so think how much more you can haul with the Ford Escape!

Beyond its three engine options and superior handling, the Ford Escape also leads the pack when it comes to available features, amenities, and driver assist technologies. With a rear view camera that comes standard and an available hands-free liftgate that's truly hands-free, the 2016 Ford Escape's list of available features is tough to beat. Try 67.8 cubic feet of cargo space, voice-activated SYNC 3 technology, Intelligent 4WD, Panoramic Vista Roof, active park assist, Blind Spot Information System, leather interiors, a driver knee airbag, and much more, many of which aren't available on the 2016 Honda CR-V.

Want a crossover SUV that's safe, efficient, powerful, fun to drive, and lets you bring along all your favorite toys? Then you want to test drive a new Ford Escape from Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita today!