|1.5-litre, DOHC, turbocharged 4-cylinder||Engine||2.0L Twin-Scroll EcoBoost®|
|Automatic CVT||Transmission||Automatic 6-speed|
|8.7||Fuel Economy (city)||11.1|
|2877||Passenger volume (L)||2778|
|43.1||Front Leg Room (in)||41.3|
|2146||Cargo volume (L)||1920|
|Standard||Collision Mitigation Brake System||NO|
|Standard||LaneWatch blind spot monitor||NO|
|Standard||36 months/ Unlimited warranty||NO|
|Standard||Rear camera parking distance sensors||NO|
While the Escape received a refresh for 2017, Honda went back to the drawing board and completely redesigned the CR-V. The new CR-V styling heads in a fresh new direction with an aggressive attitude, thanks to crisper and sharper front-end design elements, aggressive stylized headlights surrounded by a wing-shaped LED DRL array on all models, and wide, muscular fenders. The long hood, longer wheelbase, short rear overhang and new dual exhaust outlets give the 2017 CR-V a more sophisticated and athletic presence.
For people and cargo, the CR-V has a clear advantage. Simply put, if you’re looking to put these SUVs to family uses, the Honda is a much better choice. Its back seat is considerably larger for full-size adults, teens, and rear-facing child seats. The seats are more plushly upholstered, too—and the flip-fold mechanism that turns the second-row seat from passenger perch to cargo bench is the most clever touch in its class.
By comparison, the Escape reads more like a tall station wagon, with the combination of a rather low dash but upright driving position feeling a little more car-like overall. The CR-V’s cargo area is actually bigger than the midsize Ford Edge’s, and stands out with its low lift-over height. The Escape is still pretty useful, though, and its cargo area’s boxier shape makes it a bit better for carrying around bulkier items or large dogs than some other small crossovers.
CR-V Touring gets 7-inch Display Audio System with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System and bilingual Voice Recognition. It has more features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The infotainment system has straightforward menus, along with shortcut buttons to take you quickly to features like navigation or audio.
The Escape features one of the most high-tech interiors in the segment, but you have to get the Escape SE’s Technology package to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (satellite radio is standard on the SE and there are only two USBs up front). The SYNC3 touch screen is available as an upgrade on all trims aside from the base.
From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the CR-V earns the highest overall score of Good in all five areas tested. Its front crash prevention was rated as “Superior”, allowing 2017 Honda CR-V to qualify for 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+.
The 2017 Escape earns the highest overall score of Good in four of the five areas tested from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It scores Acceptable for its small overlap front test, which measures how safe an occupant will be if the front corner of the vehicle collides with an object like a telephone pole, a tree, or the corner of another vehicle.
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