Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Honda HR-V Near Avondale, AZ

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 Honda HR-V

Safety Comparison

The Escape Titanium offers optional Active Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The HR-V doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Escape Titanium’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The HR-V doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Escape (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The HR-V doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Escape Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The HR-V doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Escape has standard SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The HR-V doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Escape and the HR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The Ford Escape weighs 417 to 877 pounds more than the Honda HR-V. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Lighter cars are also affected more by crosswinds.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Honda HR-V:

 

Escape

HR-V

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

243

481

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

218 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

453/192 lbs.

574/500 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Honda HR-V:

 

Escape

HR-V

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

110

148

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

158 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

290

357

Spine Acceleration

54 G’s

59 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

707 lbs.

799 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the HR-V:

 

Escape

HR-V

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Structure

GOOD

POOR

 

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Injury Criterion

160

217

 

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Criterion

118

184

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The HR-V isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Escape’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 27 more horsepower (168 vs. 141) and 43 lbs.-ft. more torque (170 vs. 127) than the HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl. The Escape’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 38 more horsepower (179 vs. 141) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 127) than the HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl. The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 104 more horsepower (245 vs. 141) and 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 127) than the HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape is faster than the Honda HR-V (automatics tested):

 

Escape 1.6

Escape 2.0

HR-V

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

n/a

3.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

6.8 sec

9.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

15.5 sec

n/a

16.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

15.2 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82.4 MPH

88.8 MPH

82.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape EcoBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The HR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Escape has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the HR-V (15.7 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The HR-V doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escape’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the HR-V:

 

Escape

Escape EcoBoost

HR-V

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.5 inches

The Escape stops much shorter than the HR-V:

 

Escape

HR-V

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the HR-V (235/55R17 vs. 215/55R17).

The Escape’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the HR-V’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape offers optional 19-inch wheels. The HR-V’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Escape has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Honda HR-V has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The HR-V’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The HR-V doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the HR-V (105.9 inches vs. 102.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escape is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than on the HR-V.

The Escape’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.8% to 42.2%) than the HR-V’s (59.8% to 40.2%). This gives the Escape more stable handling and braking.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the HR-V EX-L AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the HR-V EX-L AWD (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the HR-V (7.8 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The HR-V doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the HR-V EX-L AWD:

 

Escape

HR-V

At idle

39 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 5 inches more rear hip room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the HR-V.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the HR-V with its rear seat up (34 vs. 24.3 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the HR-V with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 58.8 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape’s cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Escape also (except S) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The HR-V doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The HR-V doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the Escape Titanium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The HR-V doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape Titanium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The HR-V doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the HR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escape is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The HR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The HR-V’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The HR-V doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The HR-V LX/EX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The HR-V EX-L’s manually variable intermittent wipers don’t change delay with speed.

The Escape has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The HR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Escape Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The HR-V doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Escape Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The HR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Escape SE/Titanium has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The HR-V doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Escape SE/Titanium’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The HR-V doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Escape and the HR-V offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The HR-V doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape Titanium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The HR-V doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The HR-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The HR-V doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the HR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the HR-V, including $85 less for an alternator, $2 less for front brake pads, $354 less for a starter, $127 less for fuel injection and $255 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The HR-V isn’t in the top three.

The Ford Escape outsold the Honda HR-V by over four to one during the 2016 model year.

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