Sport utility vehicles, or SUVs, often get a bad reputation as gas-guzzling, oversized, and audacious. The truth is, they are sensible vehicles for both families and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With a plethora of passenger space and cargo space, they provide comfort and convenience on the go. Whether you’re a weekend kayaker or a soccer mom, an SUV can be a great option for you. Let’s take a look at the 2018 Ford Escape vs. 2018 Honda CR-V.
Making the Choice
Planning a family vacation or a weekend camping excursion? Your SUV has plenty of cargo space to pack all the supplies you’ll need. Because the space isn’t limited to the trunk, you can fit more without encroaching on room for passengers, making the trip more comfortable. Many models even have room for large pet carriers so that your furry friends can tag along.
Extra space isn’t just for equipment or luggage. Passenger areas tend to be roomier in an SUV, and often these vehicles even provide third-row seating. This extra space offers the riding luxury of a minivan in a sportier, more stylish package. It provides more room to spread out during long trips. Parents can look forward to fewer arguments between the kids because one “touched” the other. Weekend warriors can experience more comfortable drives, especially because the suspension on SUVs provides a nice ride.
Another benefit of an SUV is that the design features are trucklike, without the bulk and difficulty of fitting into standard parking spaces. While some SUVs still don’t have a wonderful turning radius, most are easier to maneuver than an oversized truck. Plus, SUVs sit high off the ground, like trucks, and that height gives the driver better visibility. Most models also have towing options, although putting a towing package on your SUV will most likely result in additional initial costs.
In addition, many SUVs are equipped with off-roading capabilities. Not all are true off-roading vehicles, however, so if that capability is a desired feature, do the research before buying. This sportiness makes sense. Seeing as they are called sport utility vehicles, many of their drivers choose one because they want to be able to utilize their vehicle for outdoor activities, such as camping, off-roading, and more.
Safety is a crucial factor when choosing any vehicle, and SUVs are typically a very safe option. Size alone can provide some peace of mind when it comes to safety. However, their higher center of gravity can make them prone to rollovers, which is something to keep in mind when shopping for a new vehicle. Kelley Blue Book’s website is an excellent resource when researching safety ratings.
One traditional downside to driving an SUV is their typically poor gas mileage. Due to modern technology, many recent models offer gas mileage comparable to that of several cars on the market now, but a bit of research will help you plan to make your decision based on gas mileage. While a compact car would most likely get better gas mileage, an SUV may not have as significant a difference as it would have in the past.
Now that you have decided an SUV is the vehicle that will meet your needs, how do you go about choosing one? There certainly are a lot of options between makes, models, sizes, add-on packages, and color. It can definitely be overwhelming to narrow down your choices. The 2018 Ford Escape and the 2018 Honda CR-V are two excellent options.
Both are considered compact SUVs, so they are on the smaller side as far as SUVs are concerned. The Escape and the CR-V offer an abundance of color options and begin at about $25,000 MSRP. While the two SUVs have many similar traits, the difference between the two will make choosing easier.
The 2018 Ford Escape achieves an average of 24 miles per gallon combined (meaning highway and city driving) and has a consumer rating of 7.6. It does offer less cargo space than that of the Honda CR-V. The Escape did well as far as crash test ratings. The only area in which it did not receive five stars is in the rollover category. Overall, the Escape scored a Kelley Blue Book rating of 8.2 out of 10, which is fairly high. However, it did rate lower than several other similar SUVs.
The 2018 Honda CR-V beats the Ford Escape in mileage and consumer ratings. It averages 28 miles per gallon combined and has a consumer rating of 8.4. The CR-V had excellent crash test ratings as well. Again, the only four-star rating was in the rollover area. Additionally, it has an Overall Kelley Blue Book rating of 9.7 out of 10.
Choosing a vehicle, SUV or otherwise, boils down to lifestyle. Which make and model best suits your lifestyle needs? The best advice, as always, is to do your research. There are many good resources available, including Kelley Blue Book online, but also your local dealerships. Go see your options in person, and take them for a test drive. Ultimately, this will help you make the best decision possible.