2012 CR-V EX-L AWD vs. 2013 Ford Escape SEL 4WD

In a comparison of compact SUV’s, including the 2012 CR-V and the 2013 Ford Escape(May 2012), Automobile Magazine noted about the 2012 CR-V: “This is the vehicle that virtually defines its class…” It’s not surprising, therefore, that the new 2013 Ford Escape is so similar to the CR-V in many respects, including its overall length and width, being offered exclusively with 4-cylinder engines, and offering a choice of front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configurations.

Beyond the similarities, however, CR-V offers customers many advantages over the 2013 Escape, including greater utility, greater driver and passenger comfort, the assurance of top safety ratings and unique features, a reputation for reliability, and greater overall value.

GREATER UTILITY

·         CR-V provides 2.9 cubic feet more cargo volume and 3.1 cubic feet more maximum cargo volume than Escape.

·         CR-V’s rear seats fold flat; Escape’s rear seats do not.

·         “…there are enormous storage bins everywhere…the rear seats fold flat in the most breathtakingly simple mechanical origami…no motors are involved, just a gentle tug on one of the two handles mounted cleverly (and accessibly) by the rear hatch.  In one motion, the seat bottoms flip up and forward, then the seats flop down.  The CR-V might be the same size as these other two vehicles [2013 Ford Escape and 2013 Mazda CX-5], but no one told its interior – cargo room dwarfs the other two vehicles with the seats up or down. And the liftover height is impossibly low.” Automobile Magazine (May 2012)

GREATER DRIVER AND PASSENGER COMFORT

·         CR-V provides 3.4 cubic feet more total passenger volume that is reflected in more front- and rear-seat shoulder room and rear-seat legroom for greater passenger comfort.

·         “Not only does the Ford [Escape] trail its other rivals in shoulder room front and rear, but the sloped center stack intrudes noticeably into the driver’s foot well.  As a result, [the driver’s] right leg will remain in constant contact with hard plastic, fighting to get her leg far enough the right to reach the offset and partially obscured gas pedal.” Automobile Magazine (May 2012)

TOP SAFETY RATINGS/UNIQUE SAFETY FEATURES

·         The 2012 CR-V earned a 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA).  It earned five start in the frontal crash and side crash categories, and four stars in the rollover category.

·         The CR-V is 2012 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK with “Good” performance in front, side, rollover, and rear tests.

·         The 2013 Ford Escape has not yet been tested by NHTSA or IIHS.

·         The 2013 Ford Escape does not offer anything comparable to CR-V’s Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and Advanced Compatibility Engineering(ACE) body structure.

SUPERIOR QUALITY AND RELIABILITY

·         Honda is the highest ranked non-premium nameplate in the 2012 J. D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS) and the 2012 CR-V earned the best score in the compact crossover SUV category.  That means the 2012 CR-V was more trouble-free than competitive compact SUVs during the initial ownership period.

GREATER OVERALL VALUE

·         When comparably equipped, the 2012 CR-V EX-L AWD is priced (MSRP) $2,505 less than 2013 Ford Escape SEL 4WD (1.6L EcoBoost L4).  Features like hill start assist, rearview camera, and front active head restraints are standard on CR-V, not available on Escape.

·         The 2012 CR-V EX-L AWD has a higher ALG residual value than the 2013 Escape SEL 4WD after 60 months.

COMPARABLY EQUIPPED PRICE

ITEM/VEHCLE

2012 Honda CR-V EX-L AWD

2013 Ford Escape SEL 4WD (1.6L EcoBoost l4)

 Moonroof

Standard

Power Panoramic Roof $1,395

Hill Start Assist

Rearview  Camera

Front Active Head Restraints

Standard

Not Available

Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)

Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure

Standard

Nothing Comparable Offered

Passenger Volume (Cubic Feet)

101.5

98.1

Legroom Room (Rear – Inches)

38.3

36.8

Shoulder Room (Front/Rear – Inches)

58.6/56.4

56.0/55.3

Standard/Maximum Cargo Volume (Cubic Feet)

37.2/70.9

34.3/67.8

EPA Fuel Economy Rating (mpg)

(City/Highway/Combined)

22/30/25[1]

22/30/25[2]

ALG Residual Value (36/60 Months)

55%/42%

56%/40%

Base Price MSRP

$28,495

$29,620

Destination Charge

$830

$825

Comparably Equipped Price

$29,325

$31,840

[1] Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only.  Do not compare to models before 2008.  Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
[2] Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates.  Use for comparison purposes only.  Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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