Even interior comfort tends to be better in the Honda CR-V thanks to its plushy upholstered seats. By comparison, the seats in the Ford Escape are firmer and have thinner padding. This creates a sporty feel, but it means you won’t be as comfortable as in the CR-V during extended drives.
In terms of most safety ratings, the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape are identical. They both have a 4-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and mostly “Good” ratings from the IIHS. For the previous model year, both did poorly in the new IIHS test for small overlap frontal test. While Ford appears to have just accepted this fact and earned a “Poor” for the current model year, Honda took the rating to heart and made the necessary changes to earn a top “Good” rating this year. When configured correctly, the Honda CR-V has the status of an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, something you won’t get from the Ford.
Whether you want versatility, comfort, or safety, the Honda CR-V is the clear choice for Greenville, North Carolina, drivers. Visit Barbour Hendrick Honda to get behind the wheel of this SUV and start enjoying daily drives around town with confidence.