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Ford Escape vs. Honda CR-V

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Ford Escape

2016 Ford Escape
$569
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Honda CR-V

2016 Honda CR-V
$403
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Above Average

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.

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.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$569
inexpensive
very expensive
$403
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.4
not often
way too often
0.4
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
minor issues
major issues
7%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(69 Reviews)
(79 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(11)
4 star
(25)
3 star
(12)
2 star
(14)
1 star
(6)

The Ford Escape ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.

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“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...”

Rating Details
5 star
(9)
4 star
(41)
3 star
(18)
2 star
(7)
1 star
(2)

The Honda CR-V ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.

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“We love the reliability of our Honda CRV and have hauled lumber, building materials, furniture, and used it to help us move twice. Would definitely buy another one. If we get 240,000 miles like we ...”

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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