Making a choice in the compact SUV segment isn't easy. The options are numerous. And it's best to choose vehicles that have a proven track record. The Honda CR-V has been on the road for over twenty years and represents the image of reliability and performance in the segment. Today, we compare it to the Ford Escape, a vehicle that's not as old.

The 2020 Honda CR-V is a much better equipped SUV

First of all, all CR-V variants are better equipped than the Escape, even the base LX variant comes with heated front seats, Lane Departure Assist, HondaLink Assist automatic emergency response system and Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed setting.

Plus, the Honda CR-V offers more cargo space. With 2,146 litres of cargo space when the second row is lowered and 1,110 litres in the normal configuration, the CR-V outperforms Escape, which offers 1,851 litres and 948 litres in the same configurations, respectively.

Buyers of the Honda CR-V can also opt for the Black Edition variant, which adds black accents, unique 19-inch Black Edition wheels and distinctive perforated leather seats to a long list of standard features.

A more powerful base engine in the 2020 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. The base engine of the Ford Escape is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder that develops 180 horsepower. The Escape's higher horsepower engine comes with a considerable overload, so the Honda CR-V is a step ahead of the power in the base variants.

In addition, the CR-V relies on a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to channel power to the front wheels or all four wheels. This technology provides linear acceleration and better overall power management. To take advantage of this technology on the Escape side, you must opt for hybrid variants, which are considerably more expensive.

The Honda CR-V is a better choice than the Ford Escape in every respect. You can shop for your vehicle online with us. Our advisers are ready by telephone and by e-mail to answer all your questions.

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