For commuting, road tripping, and even towing, the 2020 Ford Escape or the 2020 Honda CR-V can serve your driving needs through Geneva, Canandaigua, and Rochester, NY. Revealing more in-depth details about each can separate the two SUVs into which one tops your list for your next vehicle. Friendly Ford will keep you in the loop on the differences between these two popular models.

Quick Facts Table

Ford Escape

Honda CR-V

Front Legroom

42.4 inches

41.3 inches


Available 8-inch

Available 7-inch

Blind Spot Info System



Gas Engines

2 Options

1 Option

Escape vs CR-V Interior Space

Both vehicles offer four standard trim levels:

  • Ford Escape: S, SE, SEL, Titanium
  • Honda CR-V: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring

A generous amount of front legroom in the Escape spans 42.4 inches. If you hop in the CR-V, you can stretch out with 41.3 inches of front legroom.

In each trim of the Escape, the available Remote Start System allows you to start your car from inside your home, giving you a few extra minutes before it's time to jump in your car for work or school. A comparable system is available in the higher CR-V trims, but not in the base LX trim.

The standard rotary gear shift dial in the Ford Escape frees up some space for your belongings and extra cupholders. Nothing like this comes in the Honda model.

Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V Technology

After using the Remote Keyless Entry System to enter the Escape, a tech-heavy dashboard appears before you that features an available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as well as an available 8-inch touchscreen. Operate the optional B&O™ Sound System by Bang & Olufsen with 10 speakers from the touchscreen, so you can switch from your playlists to the radio and back again.

Only the CR-V's higher trims offer an available remote key entry system. You can view your directions on the available 7-inch display touchscreen or alter your mood with music from the optional premium audio system with nine speakers.

Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V Safety

Starting with the base S trim of the Ford Escape, the BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert comes standard. You can also benefit from the addition of other available safety systems, such as:

  • Active Park Assist 2.0
  • Evasive Steering Assist
  • Head-up Display

When you find a parking spot, the available Active Park Assist 2.0 helps you park-even when it's a tight fit or a parallel parking challenge. The optional Evasive Steering Assist helps to prevent a potential accident by helping with your steering. With the available head-up display, you won't have to take your eyes off the road to get a glimpse at your directions, gas mileage, and the current speed limit.

The Honda Sensing® Suite of safety features provides many great systems in the CR-V, but the Blind Spot Monitoring System with Cross Traffic Monitor doesn't come standard. Comparable parking and steering systems as well as the head-up display are not offered either.

Escape vs CR-V Performance

Choose either the standard 1.5L EcoBoost® or the available 2.0L EcoBoost® engine for your drives along Canandaigua Lake. With the standard 8-speed automatic transmission, you'll have the ability to customize your drive with five Selectable Drive Modes, which include:

  • Eco
  • Sport
  • Normal
  • Slippery
  • Deep Snow/Sand

When properly equipped, the Ford Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which makes this SUV an asset when road tripping.

With the CR-V, the 1.5L turbocharged engine can be found under the hood. This motor's paired with the Continuously Variable Transition. The CR-V can tow, but it only allows a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.

Which SUV Tops Your List? 2020 Ford Escape vs 2020 Honda CR-V

After learning about the differing details of the 2020 Ford Escape and the 2020 Honda CR-V, do you know which one tops your list for driving around Geneva, Canandaigua, and Rochester? If you need more information or to schedule a test drive, come to Friendly Ford.

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