2016 Honda CR-V vs. 2016 Ford Escape

2016 Honda CR-V

2016 Honda CR-V

2016 Ford Escape

2016 Ford Escape



Unlike the 2016 Ford Escape, the 2016 Honda CR-V remains a crossover favorite among families from College Place and Kennewick, and it isn’t hard to see why. With plenty of cargo space, strong standard features, and top crash scores, it’s the only crossover that makes sense.

Trim Levels

The 2016 Honda CR-V comes in five well-balanced trim levels, with options including:

  • LX: Your entry-level CR-V provides a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system with streaming audio, and an SMS texting function, all as standard.
  • SE: An all-new trim for 2016, the SE adds 17-inch alloy wheels and rear privacy glass for enhanced styling, plus a state-of-the-art security system.
  • EX: The EX adds a one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, 7-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, and a Smart Entry system with push button start function.
  • EX-L: The EX-L is all about comfort. You’ll recline into leather-trimmed seats, wrap your hands around a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and use dual-zone automatic climate control to keep everyone at their own perfect temperature.
  • Touring: The Touring includes the Honda Sensing suite of driver assist technologies, and also adds a Honda satellite navigation system and a power tailgate.

The 2016 Ford Escape provides less opportunity to choose, with just three trim levels on offer. The entry-level S offers basic equipment such as 17-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, and CD player, while the SE adds keyless entry, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, and cloth upholstery. It’s not until the expensive Titanium that you’ll receive the power liftgate or upgraded audio system.

2016 Honda CR-V on road

Powertrains and MPG

The 2016 Honda CR-V equips a 2.4L four-cylinder engine as standard to produce a healthy 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. That keeps the vehicle feeling agile even when loaded with your entire family, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) also comes standard to achieve mileage ratings of up to 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway* with FWD.The 2016 Ford Escape starts with an underpowered 2.5L four-cylinder engine offering 168 hp, then demands more money for a 1.6L EcoBoost four-cylinder rated at 178 hp. The performance of neither bests the CR-V, and fuel economy tops out at 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. There is a 240-hp 2.0L four-cylinder on offer, but it’s more power than you really need and you’ll need an upper-level trim to get it.

2016 Honda CR-V


The 2016 Honda CR-V has been designed to appeal to both the head and heart. Combining the practicality and versatility that College Place and Kennewick families need with the soft-touch materials and power seats that they love, the vehicle really does provide a first-class cabin that covers all the bases.At the same time, it’s substantially larger than the 2016 Ford Escape:

  • Standard Cargo Space: Up to 37.2 cubic feet in the CR-V vs. just 34.3 in the Escape.
  • Maximum Cargo Space: Up to 70.9 cubic feet in the CR-V vs. just 67.8 in the Escape.
  • Passenger Space: Up to 104.1 cubic feet in the CR-V vs. just 98.1 in the Escape.

Despite those generous interior dimensions, the CR-V is the more maneuverable crossover; it boasts a turning diameter of 37.5 feet vs. 38.8 with the Escape.

2016 Honda CR-V Interior

Comfort and Convenience Features

Both the 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Ford Escape come with plenty of standard and available features designed to make your drive more comfortable and your life much easier, including:

  • Power Liftgate
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring
  • Touchscreen Infotainment System

However, the CR-V pulls ahead in terms of both the quality of features on offer and the trim level at which they become standard. For example, while the Escape features a basic rearview camera as standard the CR-V fits an advanced multi-angle version with guidelines. Additionally, advanced features like a power moonroof and navigation system come as standard with upper-level CR-V trims, but you’ll always have to pay extra for them with the Escape no matter which trim you buy.

2016 Honda CR-V Interior

Safety Features

The 2016 Honda CR-V promises top-of-the-line safety scores, providing unparalleled peace of mind for College Place and Kennewick families. In fact, it was recently given a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2016 Ford Escape was not so fortunate, being rated as “Poor” in the Small Front Overlap test and “Marginal” in terms of child seat anchors.The 2016 Ford Escape also misses some advanced driver assistance features found in the 2016 CR-V’s Honda Sensing package, including:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
2016 Honda CR-V Rear Camera

The 2016 Honda CR-V is Roomier, Safer, and More Efficient than the 2016 Ford Escape

The 2016 Honda CR-V bests the 2016 Ford Escape across the board, so make sure you come down to the showroom at Walla Walla Valley Honda as soon as possible to test-drive one of the best crossovers around. If you’re interested in viewing more Honda vs. Ford comparisons, check out the Accord vs. Fusion. We can’t wait to show off this impressive crossover to our College Place and Kennewick customers. While you visit, we can even tell you all about the great things to do here in Walla Walla Valley,  so hurry up and visit us today!

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.