2015 Ford Escape vs. 2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Ford Escape

The 2015 Ford Escape is a crossover SUV that gives you everything you could want in a family off-roader. Terry’s Ford of Peotone has always sought to supply Bradley drivers with the most well-packaged vehicles available, and the 2015 Escape fits the bill. But how does it hold up against competitors such as the 2015 Honda CR-V?

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Trim Levels and Price

Peotone drivers who choose the 2015 Ford Escape will have the opportunity to choose from among the following three trims:

  • S: Starting at just $22,960, with 2.5L I-4 Engine, the S is a capable performer, with a MyFord voice-activated communication and entertainment system offering advanced technology to all Peotone and Bradley drivers.
  • SE: Starting at $25,160, the SE is powered by a highly efficient1.6L EcoBoost engine, with the option of a 2.0L EcoBoost. There’s also a 10-way power driver’s seat.
  • Titanium: Starting at $29,245, you’ll enjoy full leather-trimmed and heated front bucket seats for a sumptuous ride, and unwind with a 10-speaker sound system.

Bradley buyers who choose the 2015 Honda CR-V will need to pick from four trims, with separate prices for all-wheel-drive models:

  • LX: For a minimum of $23,445, you’ll receive standard features such as air conditioning and Bluetooth connectivity, or you can spend $24,695 for an all-wheel-drive model.
  • EX: Starting at $25,545, you’ll get a slightly better looking car, which stands on 17-inch alloy wheels and features dazzling chrome door handles. The all-wheel-drive model will set you back $26,795.
  • EX-L: At a minimum of $28,145 for the front-wheel-drive model — or $29,395 for the all-wheel-drive model — the EX-L has dual-zone automatic climate control and a leather steering wheel.
  • Touring: This top-of-the-range CR-V starts at $31,645, and comes with the exact same engine you’ll get in the base model. Upgrade to an all-wheel-drive model for a starting price of $32,895.

Honda makes you pay more, but the features you receive are often the same as you’ll find in the Escape. There’s also no engine choice, so a car that costs almost $10,000 more will be powered with the same technology.

Powertrain and MPG

2015-ford-escape-1.jpgHonda has put all their eggs in one basket with the 2015 CR-V, which comes with a direct-injected four-cylinder engine with continuously variable transmission (CVT). Each model will get 185 hp, with all-wheel-drive models receiving a combined mileage rating of 28 mpg, and front-wheel-drive models getting a maximum of 29 mpg.

On the other hand, the 2015 Ford Escape offers three engine choices, so Bradley drivers can prioritize the features that mean the most to them. You can receive:

  • A 2.5 Duratec four-cylinder: A nice engine with 168 hp, perfect for general driving. It gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway when equipped with front-wheel drive.
  • A 1.6L EcoBoost four-cylinder: A fuel-sipper that still harnesses 178 hp — just shy of the maximum rating from the CR-V. Front-wheel-drive models get 23 mpg in the city, and 32 mpg on the highway; all-wheel-drive models get 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway
  • A 2.0L Ecoboost turbocharged four-cylinder: An engine that turns heads with a mammoth 240 hp. Front-wheel-drive models get 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway; all-wheel-drive models get 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

The Ford provides the gift of choice. Need power? You got it — the Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, while the CR-V pulls a maximum of 1,500 pounds. Need efficiency? Go for the Duratec. The choice is yours with the 2015 Escape.


2015-ford-escape-interior.jpgBoth vehicles feature a great selection of interior features, with speed control, MP3 compatibility and a CD player, and air conditioning all being utilized in a roomy cabin with deep, comfy seats.

However, the CR-V makes you pay more for certain features, charging up to $1,500 for an integrated navigation system in the EX-L, in contrast to a fee of only $795 with the Escape. You’ll also enjoy lower sound quality thanks to a maximum of 7 speakers in the CR-V, while you can get up to 10 in the Escape.


Both vehicles include several advanced safety features to keep you and your family protected at all times, including:

  • ABS
  • Traction control
  • Brake assist
  • Latch seating system for child safety

With the 2015 Escape, you’ll be able to take advantage of Ford’s innovative MyKey system, which lets you set individual settings for the car depending on which key is being used. This is great when you’re sharing your vehicle with a younger family member, since a maximum speed limit can be set to keep them free from the dangers of speeding.

Drive the 2015 Escape at Terry’s Ford of Peotone

The 2015 Ford Escape shines when compared to the 2015 Honda CR-V. To take one out for a test drive near Bradley, contact Terry’s Ford of Peotone.