The 2018 Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V are two of the biggest-selling crossovers on the market--so how can you decide which one is best? Ultimately, personal preference matters, but so does what's going on in the small details. Let's set the Escape and the CR-V side by side and see which one comes out on top.
2018 Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V
Desirability: Ford Escape
The CR-V sells in massive numbers and has done for some time, which should suggest that the CR-V is a top contender. But unfortunately, that also means that you're likely to walk up to the wrong one in the Target parking lot. Millions sold means millions on the road, making your CR-V just another one of the crowd. Beyond that, the CR-V has always been slightly quirky. It's a strange exterior styling that might grow on you but might not.
The Ford Escape is always wildly popular--they're certainly not a unique presence on the road. However, the Escape looks more like a taller version of the Ford Focus, giving it a more streamlined, classic look rather than a hodgepodge creation with a leftover feel.
Features and equipment: Ford Escape
The Ford covers all the bases in its entry level trim by including the likes of power features, a rearview camera, air conditioning, cruise control, 17-inch wheels, an AM/FM/CD player with six speakers and Ford Sync infotainment as standard.
You'll get an almost identical set of features with base level versions of the Honda. However, you don't get very many options to customize as you go up the trim levels, which seems odd to us. We'll give this one to the Ford, if only for the power of choice.
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It's hard to argue with sales like the Honda CR-V have, but this aging version is getting close to its expiration date. You'd be hard pressed to find much that the 2018 Ford Escape doesn't do as well as the CR-V, but with sportier styling, better handling, and overall more impressive performance, we choose the Ford.