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2015 Ford Escape vs 2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Ford Escape
Today’s streets and freeways are increasingly being overrun with crossovers and SUVs. If you’re interested in such a vehicle, it's just smart business to compare them before you buy. Take, for example, the 2015 Ford Escape and the 2015 Honda CR-V. Both are capable mid-size crossovers, with space to transport up to five passengers and their luggage and cargo. Both protect passengers with a gamut of safety tech. And both are loaded with conveniences to make the ride an enjoyable experience. But ultimately only one will make it to your garage. After a closer look, the right choice is the Ford Escape.

Performance: Drivetrain, Towing, and Passenger and Cargo Space
In size, the Ford Escape is smaller than its competitor. But you won’t hear any complaints from passengers especially in the rear row. They’ll actually have more head and shoulder room than in the CR-V. And the Escape’s stature helps make it easier to navigate in the parking lot, the alley and in tight traffic. Not as though you’re going to spend a lot of time in any of those places. The three engines available to power the crossover all boast impressive horsepower and even better mileage. Even better, you’ll be able to carry everyone ‒ and everything ‒ you need thanks to the Escape’s tow capacity of 3,500 pounds.

Safety and Convenience
Safety is an important factor for family transporters like the Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V. Both crossovers received high marks in crash protection from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Escape edges past the CR-V, though, by offering advance safety technologies like Curve Control, which slows the Escape to safely navigate a tight turn, and a blind spot information system. The latter alerts drivers when there’s a vehicle in their blindspots as well as warn of any approaching cross traffic behind them.

Finally, passengers want features for a great driving experience and the Ford Escape has them in spades. Many of them are unavailable on the CR-V. Ford MyKey reassures parents that their teen drivers are safe thanks to its ability to limit the Escape’s speed and other systems. Active Park Assist, which is available on the Escape Titanium, takes the chore out of parallel parking. Another convenience is the hands-free liftgate. Now Escape owners, their arms burdened with groceries, can open the crossover’s liftgate with the simple wave of their foot.

Changeable ambient lighting, remote ignition, and a premium audio system are just some of the other items available on the Escape that contribute to a memorable driving experience.