2020 Ford Escape vs 2020 Honda CR-V

Comparing Two Well-Equipped Compact Crossover SUVs

2020 Lincoln Nautilus

CAPACITY

Seating

Doors

ENGINE

Liters/Type

Horsepower (hp)

Torque (lb-ft)

TRANSMISSION

Type

DRIVETRAIN

Type

FUEL CONSUMPTION

Estimated Fuel Economy (city / hwy)

STARTING MSRP

Price (USD)

2020 Ford Escape Titanium

2020 Ford Escape Titanium

CAPACITY

5 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

2.0-Liter Turbo

250 hp

275 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION

Eight-Speed Auto

DRIVETRAIN

AWD

FUEL CONSUMPTION

23/31

STARTING MSRP

$33,400

2020 Honda CR-V Touring

2020 Honda CR-V Touring

CAPACITY

5 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

1.5-Liter Turbo

190 hp

170 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION

CVT

DRIVETRAIN

AWD

FUEL CONSUMPTION

27/32

STARTING MSRP

$33,250

Comparing the 2020 Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V

The crossover SUV segment is taking over the US market. As more automotive manufacturers reduce sedan and coupe offerings, they are creating customized crossover replacements that offer drivers more cargo and passenger space, increased comfort, and driver-assisted safety technology. Such is the case with the 2020 Ford Escape. It’s a redesigned crossover SUV that is small in stature but robust in offerings.

Armed with a plethora of active connectivity and safety features, a slew of power options, and trim levels that fit every lifestyle, the 2020 Escape is an attractive, affordable, and alluring crossover SUV. But, how does it compare with the 2020 Honda CR-V?

This is what we’ll explore today. In the information below, we’ll compare the 2020 Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V. We will identify what’s new for 2020, compare engine performance, interior appointments, connectivity and driver-assisted technology features offered with both crossovers. Ultimately, we’ll explain why the 2020 Ford Escape is a great value, which you can test drive today at Coccia Ford.

What’s New for 2020?

The 2020 Escape is a redesigned four-door compact crossover SUV. It features 104 cubic feet of passenger volume, with ample room for five, and 65.4 cu.-ft of cargo capacity. Each 2020 Escape is equipped with a 60/40 split-fold rear seat with an all-new sliding feature, that helps to expand cargo space or best-in-class second-row legroom of 40.7-inches.

All 2020 Escapes are well-equipped with standard driver-assisted technologies including the Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite, and FordPass Connect™ which provides remote access to vehicle starting, unlocking, and vehicle location systems. For 2020, the Ford Escape is available in five trim levels: S, SE, SE Sport Hybrid, SEL, and Titanium.

The 2020 Honda CR-V receives a few exterior and interior redesigns, mainly focusing on the front end and new headlight design. They have also removed the 2.4-liter engine from their lineup and offered a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine as the standard offering. There are four trims available with the 2020 CR-V including the LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring.

Performance and Fuel Economy

If you prefer flexibility under the hood, you’ll fall in love with the 2020 Escape. This peppy compact crossover offers four unique powertrain configurations. Gasoline-powered engines are connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission, while hybrids are mated with a continuously variable transmission.

The standard gas-powered offering is a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder. It produces 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. When paired with standard front-wheel drive, it returns an EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg on highways. AWD returns 26 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

The upgraded gasoline engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that is only offered in AWD with the Titanium trim. It produces 250 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft of torque and returns an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city and 31 mpg on highways.

For the hybrid enthusiast, Ford offers a pair of configurations. The standard hybrid powertrain starts with a 2.5-liter iVCT Atkinson-Cycle I-4 engine. It belts out a total of 198 horsepower and is capable of 41 mpg. They also provide a plug-in variant that improves power output to 209 horsepower.

Completely on the other end of the power spectrum is the single powertrain configuration with the 2020 CR-V. It’s a Honda 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that develops 190-HP and 170 lb.-ft of torque. The engine’s power is distributed to front-wheel-drive (with available AWD) via a CVT. The fuel economy ratings with the 2020 CR-V are 28 mpg city / 34 mpg highway in FWD, 27 mpg city / 32 mpg highway in AWD.

Technology & Interior Appointments

The 2020 Ford Escape is configured to elevate the driving experience. On the inside, you’ll find advanced technology inclusions such as push-button starting with available remote starting capability. Drivers will also enjoy the 4.2-inch instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch full digital cluster available that clearly displays vital vehicle operational data.

Seating is comfortable and customizable, with 10-way power driver seats, leather-trimmed front bucket seats, and second-row seating that can be configured in multiple layouts for improved passenger or cargo space. There are multiple USB ports available, which allow passengers to charge their devices with ease.

The 2020 Honda CR-V is also impressive on the inside for a compact crossover. It is offered with heated and power-adjustable front seats, loads of cargo space, and several USB ports for drivers and passengers alike. It can also be configured with leather-trimmed seating, a wireless phone charging system, and other goodies in premium trim levels.

 Leather seats inside the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus

Connectivity

Ford is proud of its FordPass Connect™ and SYNC 3™ technology inclusions. The FordPass Connect system allows drivers to access vehicle operating and locating services from their mobile devices. It also allows them to use their device making the vehicle a 10-device capable Wi-Fi hotspot.

The SYNC 3 powers a wide range of touchscreen infotainment systems, including an impressive eight-inch display screen. It permits you to operate climate control, search music, and more with voice recognition. This technology also offers Bluetooth connectivity, access to Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ and much more.

Those who opt for the Titanium edition will be rewarded with a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Connectivity with the 2020 Honda CR-V is not one of its strengths. A five-inch infotainment display is standard through the lineup, which powers a four-speaker sound system, provides Bluetooth® connectivity along with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® integration.

Driver Assisted Safety Features

Safety is top of mind with Ford. Their CoPilot360® bundle of driver-assisted technology is living proof of this philosophy. All 2020 Escapes come standard with this system that includes blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beams, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking technology.

Available enhancements such as adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist and voice-activated navigation are also available through the line-up.

The Honda CR-V has its own safety suite – the Honda Sensing system. This package offers a forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.

The Best Bang for your Buck – 2020 Ford Escape

While each of these worthy crossover SUVs is equal in many areas, the 2020 Ford Escape nudges ahead in the value department. The flexibility of interior configurations, multiple powertrain options, and connectivity technology gives Ford drivers a plethora of options to design one perfect to their taste and budget.

Drivers in Wilkes-Barre, PA can trust Coccia Ford as their leading source of quality-driven Ford cars, trucks and SUVs. For several years, the automotive experts at Coccia Ford have placed the needs of each visitor to their Wilkes-Barre Ford dealership as their top priority. We strive to improve the auto buying experience, by keeping an ample inventory of new and Certified Pre-Owned Ford’s in multiple trim options and colors.

If you’re looking to upgrade your daily driver to a well-equipped 2020 Ford Escape for sale, visit Coccia Ford and test drive one today.