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Ford Escape vs. Honda CR-V

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Ford Escape

$569
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Honda CR-V

$403
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Ford Escape Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 18th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $569 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Honda CR-V Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $403 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the CR-V.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$569
inexpensive
expensive
$403
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.36
not often
very often
0.41
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
7%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(11)
4
(25)
3
(12)
2
(14)
1
(6)
The Ford Escape ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.
“2005 Ford Escape.....Biggest P.O.S. vehicle I have ever owned. YOU SUCK FORD AS USUAL. Didn't want to purchase vehicle, but I was in a pinch and needed one asap. Having to put a couple courts of o...”
“2005 Ford Escape.....Biggest P.O.S. vehicle I have ever owned. YOU SUCK FORD AS USUAL. Didn't wan...”
5
(9)
4
(42)
3
(18)
2
(7)
1
(2)
The Honda CR-V ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“Honda CRV 2004 model perhaps was the best model of the lot. Maintence has been the lowest ever. It was my first honda car bought new. i have chaged shocks only once in 14 years and that was the the...”
“Honda CRV 2004 model perhaps was the best model of the lot. Maintence has been the lowest ever. I...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V are both compact, two-row SUVs. Both come with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

But there are some notable differences between the Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V. The CR-V has a more powerful standard engine, with 184 horsepower, compared to the Escape’s 168 horsepower. The Escape has a more powerful optional engine, with 245 horsepower compared to the CR-V’s 190 horsepower. 

When it comes to cargo space, the Honda CR-V gives you 75.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, but the Escape only has 66.4 cubic feet. That’s a significant difference.

What are your compact SUV priorities? Do you like lots of power for quick acceleration and higher towing capacity? If you do, the Escape should do the trick. Do you like to load up your vehicle with as much as you can carry? The CR-V excels at hauling big loads of cargo. For everything else, it’s a matter of personal preference.

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