The 2015 Ford Escape MPG Falls Short of the CR-V

March 20th, 2015 by

Honda
West Michigan drivers shopping for a new family vehicle, we can understand if the 2015 Ford Escape¬†mpg rating makes it a bit more appealing than it used to be, but we think that once you see what the 2015 Honda CR-V can do, you’ll understand why so many of them have been seen on the streets of Michigan lately. Let’s take a closer look at how the Escape stacks up against Honda’s crossover.

Comparing the Engines

The 2015 Ford Escape mpg rating of 31 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city is certainly an improvement over previous model years of Ford’s crossover, but when you compare it to the CR-V, the Escape feels old. The 2015 Honda CR-V 2WD has an EPA-estimated 34 highway and 27 city mpg,* making it one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class.

You might expect Ford’s engine to at least be more powerful, since it has a lower fuel economy, but that’s not the case:

  • The CR-V is rated at 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque on its newly-updated 2.4L four-cylinder engine.
  • The Escape, on the other hand, offers 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque from its 2.5L four-cylinder.

Honda Sets the Standard on Features

The 2015 Honda CR-V comes with some of the best amenities at the entry-level LX trim, and while Ford does certainly make many comparable features available, you would have to upgrade it to put it on par with these CR-V standards:

  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for phone and audio
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls for audio, phone, and cruise
  • Rearview camera system with guidelines
  • Touchscreen infotainment system (Honda-exclusive i-MID)

You can also add on all-wheel drive to any of the CR-V’s four different trim levels. This is just the start of the differences between the CR-V and the Escape; take a look at our side-by-side comparison of the 2015 Ford Escape and Honda CR-V.

Test Drive a CR-V Today

We want to show you how comfortable the 2015 Honda CR-V is from the driver’s seat, as we think it’s pretty clear that the vehicle has bested the Escape when it comes to features and fuel economy. Visit a West Michigan Honda Dealer near you today to take Honda’s crossover for a test drive.

*Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition (for hybrids), and other factors.
West Michigan Honda Dealers includes Battle Creek Honda, Betten Honda, Crown Honda, Fox Honda, River Town Honda, and Zeigler Honda.
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