Honda CR-V vs. Ford Escape
Honda CR-V
Ford Escape
At a Glance: CR-V vs. Escape
Honda CR-V

Many drivers seeking a new SUV look for spacious cabins, user-friendly features, and dependable performance. With these things in mind, two options you could consider are the Honda CR-V and the Ford Escape. However, one model may be a better fit than the other for your travels in Huntington Beach, Westminster, and Orange County.

We’ll help you decide which one in this 2023 Honda CR-V vs. Ford Escape comparison. See what each vehicle has to offer. Then, feel free to contact the team at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Huntington Beach if you have any questions.



76.5 cu. ft. | 65.4 cu. ft.
CR-V vs Escape


Standard | Available
CR-V vs Escape


190 HP | 180 HP
CR-V vs Escape
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Honda CR-V

While the 2023 Honda CR-V and the Ford Escape are considered compact crossover SUVs, they each offer large amounts of space inside their cabins. So, whether you have a full crew along for a day of hiking or it’s just you and your copilot with all your gear heading out for some time spent off the grid, there will be plenty of room for everyone and everything.

Passenger and Cargo Volume

Each vehicle seats five people and offers roughly the same amount of passenger volume. So, you’ll have more than enough space to comfortably stretch out in either SUV.

Of course, cargo space is something you’ll need to think about, too. The Ford Escape offers 34.4 cubic feet behind the rear row. If you put down the rear seats, you’ll have a maximum of 65.4 cubic feet.

Meanwhile, the Honda CR-V offers 39.3 cubic feet with the rear seats upright and 76.5 cubic feet when they’re folded down. If you want room for all your goods, the 2023 CR-V is the SUV for you.

Interior Comfort

Both SUVs offer features to ensure your comfort. They come standard with cloth seats and make leather seating available. Their available 10-way power driver’s seats will help you find your perfect position while behind the wheel.

The Honda CR-V's standard heated front seats will keep you warm on chilly mornings or cold nights. Heated front-row seats are available on higher trim levels of the Escape.

The Escape’s single-zone manual climate control can be upgraded to dual-zone automatic temperature control in higher trims. Meanwhile, the Honda CR-V comes standard with a dual-zone automatic climate control system, further extending the difference in their levels of comfort.

Honda CR-V

If you want to have the latest in-vehicle technology, then feast your eyes on the 2023 Honda CR-V and the Ford Escape. Whether you want to remain connected and entertained during road trips or are more interested in remaining safe every mile, these crossovers have you covered.

Infotainment on the Go

Both models have easy-to-use infotainment systems, including available voice recognition. You can pull up directions, send a quick text, and more—all without handling your phone while driving.

In both models, you’ll have standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration. Thanks to this smartphone capability, you can display key phone features and apps right on the touchscreen in front of you.

Their standard stereo systems include six speakers. Upgrade either model for a truly immersive listening experience. The Ford Escape offers an available 10-speaker B&O® sound system. However, the CR-V tops this with an available Bose Premium Sound System with 12 speakers, including a subwoofer.

Driver-Assist Systems

When comparing the safety systems of the CR-V vs. Escape, both have plenty of driver-assist systems to help maintain safe habits.

For example, both models provide a Lane Keeping Assist System . Using the vehicle’s sensors and cameras, this system tracks the lines of the lane, alerting you visually and/or audibly if you start to stray. In some instances, the system may even apply corrective steering to keep your vehicle where it needs to be.

Although both vehicles will help keep you safe, there are some areas where Honda goes the extra mile, such as these standard features:

  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow

While the Ford Escape has a Rear View Camera, the Honda’s standard version offers multiple angles. When you’re backing up, you can look at a wide view or a top-down perspective, to make reversing safe. As with Adaptive Cruise Control, a similar setup is only available in the Escape with an upgrade. Meanwhile, no comparable Road Departure Mitigation System exists for the Ford.

Honda CR-V

When you want to get up to speed and feel the raw strength of a car’s engine, you want the vehicle that has more horsepower. Each of these SUVs provides a comfortable ride and composed handling, making them great everyday automobiles.

Power Output

The Honda CR-V comes standard with a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 190 horsepower. It’s paired with a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) that provides an endless range of gear ratios. As such, it’s more efficient than an automatic transmission.

The Ford Escape, on the other hand, comes standard with a 1.5L 3-cylinder engine that delivers 180 horsepower and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. As a result, you may not have the power you need to handle various driving scenarios and will have a fixed (more limited) range of gears.

Fuel Economy

In addition, the CR-V can achieve up to an EPA-estimated 28 city/34 highway MPG across all 2-wheel drive trims.* With numbers like these, you can get to work, run errands, and hit up that new restaurant in town before needing to stop and refuel.

While the Escape has similar MPG ratings with its gas engine, the driving experience it offers will feel nothing like that of the CR-V. That’s because of the difference in their transmissions. In providing seamless shifting abilities for an overall smoother drive, the CR-V can offer a ride you’ll never forget.

Which Compact SUV Is Right for You?
Honda CR-V

The 2023 Ford Escape is certainly a noteworthy automobile. However, the 2023 Honda CR-V is more spacious, feature-rich, and fuel-efficient.

To decide if this compact SUV is right for you, contact us to schedule a test drive at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Huntington Beach. You could be driving home to Huntington Beach, Westminster, and Orange County in a brand-new ride before you know it!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 CR-V for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

*28 city/34 highway/30 combined MPG rating for 2WD EX & EX-L trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined MPG rating for AWD EX & EX-L trims. 43 city/36 highway/40 combined MPG rating for 2WD Sport trim. 40 city/34 highway/37 combined mpg rating for AWD Sport & Sport Touring trims. Based on 2023 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims), and other factors.

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