Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Ontario, Canada
Waiting on on new Escape (2.0 4WD with tow pkg) and would have looked at the CRV if its towing capability were there (deciding factor). Our Escape being swapped for a 2012 Odyssey (3rd we've owned - one from each of the last 3 generations) and our other daily commuter being a Fit we are comfortable with the value proposition of Honda.
The CRV has Ford on depreciation and the feel for space (in a few key dimensions that give the "feel" of a lot more space and does have in a number of dimensions) beyond the towing capacity, the Escape I'd say feels like more than the sum of its parts if that makes sense. In driving an Escape for the better part of 2 weeks during a vacation in assessing, there are things Honda does better (steering feel, road feedback, drivers dash (note drivers dash and not centre console/dash which Honda blows at in recent years - something they used to be great at), but Ford for criticisms of Sync out there IMHO it is way ahead of Honda and their offerings that remain static with the delivered iteration and the feeling of power (forget raw numbers) the Escape blows by the CRV. If towing were not a consideration and I was going to hold onto the vehicle for only a few years where quicker depreciation would be felt, maybe the new CRV would be a choice looked at but for us and now, the Escape was the best (and only) choice.
The one thing I like about the new CRV is it keeps all manufacturers on their toes wanting to be in the compact segment and competitive - competition is good for everyone in vehicle improvements continuing to be made by all.
Lastly, it is funny many seem to have questioned Ford offering a 1.5T when they did in the Escape (with other engine options still available). Lets see if anyone questions Honda doing the same with a CVT (with no other engine options available).
2017 SE, 2.0L 4WD Ingot Silver, Leather, 201A Pkg, Class II Trailer Pkg, Power Liftgate, Twin Panel Moonroof