Honda CR-V Vs. Ford Escape

By Justin Cupler | April 8th, 2019

The 2019 Honda CR-V and 2019 Nissan Rogue offer our Rochester area crossover shoppers plenty of room packed inside small footprints. This makes it easy to haul the entire family or all your friends around town without struggle with a massive SUV. Which crossover is better for you? Continue reading to find out.


The Honda CR-V went through a redesign in 2017 that ushered in a more adult look. This redesign included a flatter nose, a bolder grille with large chrome accent, and tons more. This resulted in the CR-V becoming one of the more modern crossovers available, and it remains that way in 2019.

The Ford Escape’s last redesign came way back in 2013, but it received a freshening up in 2017. This updated look gave the Escape new front and rear fascias and new headlights. On the outside, the 2019 Ford Escape is about as traditional as you can get for a crossover, so some may find it too timid.

In terms of size, the 2019 Honda CR-V is longer and wider than the 2019 Escape, but the Ford is taller and rides on a longer wheelbase.  


Measurement 2019 Honda CR-V 2019 Ford Escape Difference
Length 180.6 inches 178.1 inches +2.5 inches
Width 73 inches 72.4 inches +0.6 inches
Height 66.1 to 66.5 inches 66.3 inches -0.2 to +0.2 inches
Wheelbase 104.7 inches 105.9 inches -1.2 inches
Ground Clearance 7.8 to 8.2 inches 7.8 inches 0 to +0.4 inches
Curb weight 3,307 to 3,397 pounds 3,542 to 3,755 pounds -358 to -235 pounds


Advantage: 2019 Honda CR-V

  • More refined looks
  • Most recent small-crossover design
  • More max ground clearance

Advantage: 2019 Ford Escape

  • Wheels closer to the corners


The 2019 Honda CR-V’s cabin varies greatly between trim levels, as its base LX trim is simple and utilitarian, but the EX-L and Touring trims feel downright luxurious with their premium materials and desirable features. In every trim, the CR-V’s cabin offers plenty of quietness and loads of comfort.

The 2019 Ford Escape’s interior shows its age, as it has seen no big changes since 2013. Particularly outdated is its dashboard, which includes a recessed touchscreen and plenty of hard plastics to turn off your fingertips. Also, its standard 4.2-inch LCD screen in the center stack looks like it belongs in the early 2000s. On the flip-side, though, the SE and higher trims get an advanced 8-inch SYNC 3 system with all the latest tech, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Wi-Fi.  

Interior room is split between the Escape and CR-V, as the Escape’s front seats are roomier, but the CR-V’s rear seats offer more space where it really matters.


Measurement 2019 Honda CR-V 2019 Ford Escape Difference
Front headroom 40.1 inches 41.6 inches -1.5 inches
Front legroom 41.3 inches 43 inches -1.7 inches
Front shoulder room 57.9 inches 56.6 inches +1.3 inches
Front hip room 55.1 inches 54 inches +1.1 inches
Rear headroom 39.2 inches 38.5 inches +0.7 inches
Rear legroom 40.4 inches 37.9 inches +2.5 inches
Rear shoulder room 55.6 inches 55.9 inches -0.3 inches
Rear hip room 49.5 inches 52.1 inches -2.6 inches
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 37.6 to 39.2 cubic feet 39.3 cubic feet -1.7 to -0.1 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (second row folded) 75.8 cubic feet 70 cubic feet +5.8 cubic feet

Advantage: 2019 Honda CR-V

  • More modern cabin
  • Higher build quality
  • Big max cargo advantage
  • More rear legroom

Advantage: 2019 Ford Escape

  • Available 8-inch infotainment screen
  • Roomier front seats


Small crossovers and performance don’t mix well, and the 2019 CR-V and 2019 Escape fall right in line with the majority of the class. The Escape rolls in with a standard 168-horsepower 2.5-liter engine that gets it to 60 mph in a leisurely 9.1 seconds. Its optional 177-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter engine makes it even slower at 9.6 seconds. The range-topping 245-horsepower 2.0-liter engine makes the Escape more bearable with its 7.3-second 0-to-60 sprint.

The CR-V has a pair of engine options, including a standard 184-horsepower 2.4-liter and an optional 190-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. With the base engine, the CR-V hits 60 mph in 8.2 seconds, while the more accessible torque of the turbocharged 1.5-liter drops the sprint time to 7.6 seconds.

Towing is where the Escape dominates as it can tug up to a 3,500-pound trailer with the 2.0-liter engine and the Tow Package. The CR-V can only tow up to 1,500 pounds, but it comes back with huge fuel economy advantages.


2019 Honda CR-V 2019 Ford Escape Difference
Engine 2.4-liter 4-cyl 2.5-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 184 hp at 6,400 rpm 168 hp at 6,000 rpm +16 hp
Torque 180 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm 170 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm +10 lb-ft
Transmission CVT 6-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (std.)/AWD (opt.) FWD
0-60 time 8.2 seconds 9.1 seconds -0.9 seconds
Towing 1,500 pounds 1,500 pounds
MPG City 25 to 26 mpg* 21 mpg +4 to +5 mpg
MPG Highway 31 to 32 mpg* 29 mpg +2 to +3 mpg
MPG Combined 27 to 28 mpg* 24 mpg +3 to +4 mpg
Optional engine 1.5-liter turbo 4-cyl 1.5-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 190 hp at 5,600 rpm 179 hp at 6,000 rpm +11 hp
Torque 179 at 2,000 to 5,000 rpm 177 lb-ft at 2,500 rpm 2 lb-ft
Transmission CVT 6-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (std.)/AWD (opt.) FWD (std.)/AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 7.6 seconds 9.6 seconds -2 seconds
Towing 1,500 pounds 2,000 pounds -500 pounds
MPG City 25 to 28 mpg* 22 to 23 mpg +3 to +6 mpg
MPG Highway 31 to 34 mpg* 28 to 30 mpg +3 to +6 mpg
MPG Combined 27 to 30 mpg* 24 to 26 mpg +3 to +6 mpg
Optional engine
2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
245 hp at 5,500 rpm -55 hp
275 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm -96 lb-ft
6-spd automatic
FWD (std.)/AWD (opt.)
0-60 time
7.3 seconds +0.3 seconds
3,500 pounds -1,500 pounds
MPG City
21 to 22 mpg +5 to +7 mpg
MPG Highway
27 to 29 mpg +5 to +7 mpg
MPG Combined
23 to 25 mpg +4 to +7 mpg


Advantage: 2019 Honda CR-V

  • Significantly quicker acceleration in lower-range engines
  • Big fuel economy advantage

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Rogue

  • Quicker range-topping model
  • Big-time towing advantage.

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Honda CR-V is available in four trim levels — LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring — and their starting prices range from $24,250** to $32,750**.


Four trims make up the 2019 Ford Escape lineup: S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. Their starting prices range from $24,105 to $32,620.

2019 Honda CR-V Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $24,350**

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • CVT
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric parking brake with auto hold
  • Electric power steering
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Hill-start assist
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Brake assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Two-speed intermittent windshield wipers
  • Power mirrors
  • Active grille shutters
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights with auto-off
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Black-color door handles
  • Black roofline spoiler
  • Automatic climate control
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down driver’s side
  • Power door locks
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Instrument-panel-mounted gear shifter
  • Conversation mirror with sunglasses holder
  • Floor mats
  • Rear-seat heater ducts
  • Cargo-area tie-down anchors
  • Cargo-area light
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • 160-four-speaker audio system
  • 5-inch LCD touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Pandora
  • One 1-amp USB port in center console
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Multi-angle rearview mirrors with guidelines


EX: $27,250**

  • All LX features, plus
  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Remote engine start
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Auto-on/-off headlights
  • Body-color roofline spoiler
  • Body-color door handles
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Security system
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  • One-touch power moonroof
  • Fog lights
  • Variable-intermittent wipers
  • Heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless ignition
  • Retractable cargo cover
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down front windows
  • Heated front seats
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • One 1.5-amp USB port in center console
  • 180-watt, six-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • SiriusXM
  • SMS text messaging function
  • 2.5-amp USB ports in second row
  • Honda LaneWatch


EX-L: $29,750**

  • All EX features, plus
  • Power liftgate
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • HomeLink Remote System
  • Leather seating
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • 180-watt, eight-speaker audio system


Touring: $32,750**

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Roof rails
  • LED headlights with auto on/off
  • Dual chrome exhaust exits
  • Navigation
  • 330-watt premium nine-speaker audio system with a subwoofer

2019 Ford Escape Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $24,105

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Electric parking brake
  • 17-inch steel wheels with Sparkle Silver hubcaps
  • Black door handles
  • Black upper and lower grilles
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Black mirrors
  • Black beltline molding
  • Sterling Gray lower front and rear fascias, body cladding, and wheel-lip moldings
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Halogen reflector headlights
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Ford MyKey
  • Single-zone manual climate control
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Four 12-volt power ports
  • Power windows with one-touch driver’s window
  • Automatic-on/off headlights
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/MP3 audio system
  • SYNC enhanced voice recognition
  • 4.2-inch LCD screen
  • Cloth seating
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Four cargo tie-down hooks
  • Rearview camera
  • Brake assist
  • SOS post-crash alert system


SE: $26,500

  • All S features, plus
  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 17-inch Sparkle-Silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Body-color door handles
  • Silver-painted upper grille with chrome bars and surround
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Bright beltline molding
  • Fog lights
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Silver front and rear skid plates
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Acoustic windshield
  • SecuriCode keyless-entry keypad
  • Perimeter alarm
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • One-touch-up/down power windows
  • Chrome inside door handles
  • Touch-to-unlock door handles
  • Keyless ignition
  • Remote start
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  • SYNC 3 with 8-inch touchscreen
  • FordPass Connect in-car Wi-Fi
  • 10-way power driver’s seat


SEL: $28,445

  • All SE features, plus
  • Heated mirrors
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED signature lighting
  • Black roof-rack side rails
  • Power liftgate
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather wrapped shifter knob
  • Leather seating
  • Rear parking sensors


Titanium: $32,620

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 19-inch machined aluminum wheels with Luster-Nickel-Painted spokes and pockets
  • Silver-painted roof-rack side rails
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Windshield-wiper de-icer
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals and puddle lights
  • Bi-xenon HID headlights
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • Ambient lighting
  • Enhanced Active Park Assist
  • Universal garage door opener
  • 10-speaker sony audio system
  • Voice-activated navigation
  • 10-way power passenger’s seat
  • Driver’s seat memory

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda CR-V

The more mature looking 2019 Honda CR-V is a great buy for more established buyers looking for a classy crossover that is comfortable, fun to drive, and does not draw a lot of attention.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Ford Escape?

With its slightly sportier look and easier access to advanced tech features, the 2019 Ford Escape is the perfect option for a younger buyer who craves a big touchscreen and smartphone integration.


Head to  Garber Honda serving the Rochester area and get behind the wheel of a 2019 Honda CR-V to see if it is the crossover of your dreams. Just down the road from Pittsford and Henrietta, our new Honda dealership has plenty of 2019 CR-V models in stock for you to pick from. If you can’t stop by our Rochester area Honda dealership today, you can check out our online inventory to find the 2019 CR-V model that fits your needs and call us to set up a future test drive.


*26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX trims. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.


**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,045.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.