Leave the cult of the minivan behind forever and upgrade your family-friendly ride in sporty, stylish crossovers like the 2017 Honda CR-V and Ford Escape. Before you decide which model is right for you, check out our buying guide, where we show how these crossovers stack up.
2017 Honda CR-V vs Ford Escape
Everybody in the 2017 Honda CR-V travels in style. That's because this sporty crossover delivers the goods, with extensive head and leg room in both rows. When it's time to leave your hometown behind for a little excitement and adventure, the CR-V helps you wile away the hours with luxuries like heated front seats and handsome leather upholstery.
The Escape also piles on the luxury with items like the panoramic sunroof, which stretches from front to back, putting a premium on fresh air and sunshine. However, the Escape dash feels a bit dated, putting a damper on the overall cabin vibe and paling in the face of CR-V's rich interior style.
Tech Features and Infotainment
You can stock the CR-V with everything you need to travel from coast to coast without ever missing a beat. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto display smartphone apps like iMessage and Google Maps directly on your central touchscreen, so you never have to look away from the road. These smartphone connectivity features also include voice controls, so calling your significant other in the midst of highway traffic is both easy and safe.
The Ford Escape also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, but only if you get the upgraded Sync 3 infotainment system, which means you end up paying extra.
If you're in it for the on-road fun, test-drive the 2017 Honda CR-V above all else. In addition to sharp steering around turns and quick acceleration, the CR-V supplies impressive fuel economy. Depending on which powertrain you select, it earns up to 28 city/34 highway mpg.
The Escape also makes every drop of gas count, earning up to 23 city/30 highway mpg. It's also got quick reflexes, which makes for a fun ride down winding paths and around sharp corners. However, the CR-V supplies more low-end torque, which makes it feel sportier around town.
The Escape's innovative safety gear makes it the top of the line. You can use its MyKey technology to set speed limits for teenage drivers, keeping them safer and giving you less to worry about. The emergency notification feature comes standard; it automatically dials 9-1-1 after the airbags deploy to send help your way.
Of course, the CR-V pulls its weight in this department. Like the Escape, it offers optional driver aids like forward collision warning, which scan your surroundings and notify you of nearby danger. It may not be as big on innovation, but the CR-V still supplies solid passenger protection.
Learn More about the Honda CR-V
In the end, the 2017 Honda CR-V wins the race, giving drivers everything from a sporty performance to a road-trip-ready cabin. Up to five passengers can kick it in the CR-V with elbowroom to spare, which means your coworkers will look forward to the day it's your turn to carpool. On the road, the CR-V's tech lineup is excellent company, doing everything from monitor your surroundings for danger to giving you the option of calling home without taking your hands from the wheel.
*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.