Feature-Rich Ford EcoSport a Worthy Competitor to Honda CR-V

 

Our multi-category comparison shows Ford EcoSport stands tall vs. popular crossover Honda CR-V

 

The Ford EcoSport and the Honda CR-V have a lot of similarities, but they also have a number of differences. If you’re looking for a small-to-midsize SUV or crossover, these two are worth checking out. How do they compare? Over the years, Honda has led the pack in terms of safety and reliability, but the most recent model years seem to stack up pretty evenly. Keep reading to get more details about how these two compare to each other and which one wins out in the end.

 

Safety

 

The CR-V and the EcoSport both include a number of standard safety features, including a full suite of airbags. Each model offers front and side-impact driver and passenger airbags and side-impact head airbags for the backseat passengers. Also standard on both models are seatbelt pretensioners, traction control, four-wheel antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and height-adjustable front seatbelts. Both models offer optional daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, rear cross-path warning, and blind-spot monitoring systems.

 

Stopping Power

 

For those concerned about safety, the EcoSport wins out when it comes to stopping power. In Consumer Reports testing, the EcoSport had stop distances of 132 feet dry and 139 feet wet, compared to the CR-V’s 137 feet dry and 146 feet wet stopping distance.

 

Warranties

 

Although the warranties are similar, you’ll want to note that Honda just added extended warranties for many CR-V and Civic models specifically due to engine problems. Not only that, but Ford has about three times as many dealerships across the country as Honda, which makes it easier to get the service that you need no matter where you live.

 

Fuel Economy

 

Present fuel economy ratings don’t include the EcoSport’s automatic shutoff feature, which stops and restarts the engine at stoplights and in heavy traffic, helping reduce pollution and saving fuel. The CR-V doesn’t offer this feature. As it stands, with this feature excluded, current EPA estimates rank the EcoSport and the CR-V at mpg ratings of 28 mpg and 30 mpg combined, respectively. Again, keep in mind these ratings may not be accurate because the auto stop/start feature was not tested.

 

Tires, Suspension, and Handling

 

EcoSport has a smaller turning radius for easier maneuverability and gas-charged shocks in the front and rear, offering better control on roads that might not be as well maintained. Honda doesn’t offer these shocks on the CR-V. The EcoSport leads the way in tires and wheels too, with lower-profile tires that offer better handling than the CR-V’s standard tires.

 

Comfort and Interior

 

The EcoSport and CR-V include similar standard interior convenience features, like power windows with child locks, automatic headlights (optional on all but one CR-V model), and intermittent wipers. However, the EcoSport offers speed-sensitivity in the wipers, designed to adapt to the vehicle’s speed, while the CR-V has standard fixed intermittent wipers.

 

EcoSport also offers more legroom and rear-seat room than the CR-V, and up to 2,000 pounds of towing capacity. Standard tech features and infotainment are included with both, but again, Ford’s system is more intuitive than that offered by Honda.

 

It seems that while Honda is resting on the laurels of its name and safety ratings, EcoSport is continuing to evolve and offers a better eco-friendly, feature-rich driving option even on the base models. When it comes to handling, stopping power and innovative features, Ford EcoSport offers drivers the better choice versus Honda CR-V. Test drive one today and we believe you’ll agree!


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