Drivers looking for adaptability to keep up with their active lifestyles need a midsize SUV that can rise to the occasion. Your journeys through Huntsville, Birmingham, or Chattanooga will require a vehicle that can meet your expectations, day in and day out. The Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V are two popular choices, but which one is right for you?
Here at Harbin Ford Scottsboro, we know how important it is to research your next ride. As such, we’ve made this 2023 Ford Escape vs. 2023 Honda CR-V comparison. Keep on reading to discover which SUV comes out on top!
MAX TOWING CAPACITY
Do you plan on hitting the highway to embark on your next adventure? Well, you’ll need potent power to energize your ride!
The Honda CR-V has a standard 1.5L 4-cylinder engine, which puts out 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. The 2023 Ford Escape gives you the power of choice with four available engine configurations.
Its available 2.0L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder engine delivers 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. This significant jump in power means that you can confidently take on the open road and power through muddy trails and rain-slick streets.
Among the four engines of the 2023 Ford Escape are two hybrid versions, including one plug-in hybrid. Both include a 2.5L Atkinson Cycle motor that generates 165 net horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque.
The Honda also offers a hybrid version, although its performance is less impressive with just 145 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque.
Is your adventure taking you to a remote campsite? Or to the shores of a stunning lake? No matter where you’re headed, you’ll need to bring your gear with you—and that requires an SUV with massive towing power.
The Honda CR-V has a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds to bring tools along for the ride. The Ford Escape lets you tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped—more than double the towing capacity of the CR-V! You’ll be able to bring along more equipment, like ATVs, kayaks, and other fun recreational toys, to your next adventure.
The available hybrid trims of the 2023 Escape can still tow up to 1,500 pounds. Meanwhile, the hybrid engine of the CR-V can tow up to 1,000 pounds, which is enough pulling power for a motorcycle or a rowboat. However, the Escape’s larger towing capacity may help you expand the options you can bring along.
Safety is always a top priority for drivers, especially when friends and family are along for the ride. Luckily, driver-assisting systems are designed to keep you alert and aware of your immediate surroundings.
Ford and Honda place an emphasis on protecting their drivers and passengers. That’s why these SUVs are equipped with brand-specific versions of these standard safety features:
- Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking
- Lane-Keeping System
- BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert
- Auto High-Beam Headlamps
Meanwhile, one model ups the ante by providing tech that helps you get out of a tight spot—literally. The 2023 Ford Escape offers available Active Park Assist 2.0, which can give you a hand when you’re maneuvering into or out of tight parallel and perpendicular parking spots. It takes over the steering, shifting, braking, and acceleration when you press the Active Park Assist button.
The Honda CR-V has no comparable feature, so you’ll have to handle parking the old-fashioned way.
For your next drive in Huntsville, Birmingham, or Chattanooga we recommend the 2023 Ford Escape. This dynamic SUV gives you more power, capability, and safety features that you’ll use on every drive. Check out the Escape for yourself at Harbin Ford Scottsboro with a test drive today!
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