2014 Honda CR-V Consumer Review: Compared to an Escape

2014 Honda CR-V - Consumer Review

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LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Automatic)

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Compared to an Escape
By square85 on

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2014 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

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Have owned a LX AWD model since March 2014 and am currently leasing a 2015 Escape SE 2.0 AWD so that is my comparison. The Honda is noisier than the Escape. The seats seem more comfortable to me in the Honda. The back seat is significantly larger than the Escape which makes putting my daughter in her car seat much easier. Also there is no comparison in the amount of cargo the CRV can hold compared to the Escape; the CRV wins hands down. The back up camera is at a better angle than the Escape as I find the one in the Escape is always covered by water, dirt or snow whereas the Honda is almost always clean. I prefer the CRVs camera even though the screen is much smaller. MPG has been as high as 33 on a road trip from NYC to North Carolina and I've seen as low as 20 in a NYC winter. Overall the CRV is averaging 22mpg commuting from Staten Island to Brooklyn in traffic almost every day. Maintenance has been averaging 1x/year and the most recent scheduled maintenance was the most expensive yet at $240 only because the rear differential fluid had to be changed. If I could name one con it would definitely be the headlights; they are very poor and do not illuminate the road well at all.

There was one recent unexpected expense which were the brakes at 16,700 miles. The car was sitting for 2.5 weeks while on vacation over the summer and when we came back the CRV had developed a thumping sound when pressing the brakes. Took it to a mechanic and was told the excessive heat of 95-100+ plus the large amounts of rain while it was sitting on the street caused the rotors to become warped; $460 later the thumping went away with new rotors and pads on the front. I don't know if it was an anomaly or if it was the low quality Honda pads and rotors on the car.

Otherwise my wife and I are very happy with the CRV and will most likely be getting another Honda when the lease ends on the Escape.

Best Features

  • Cargo storage
  • Logic of controls
  • Outward visibility
  • Rain snow traction
  • Climate control
  • Purchase cost
  • Resale value
  • Maintenance cost

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By square85
on 06/15/14 07:14 AM (PDT)

Wanted to give an update... 3 months and 3,000 miles later... -MPG has gone up to 23.5 in mixed driving of Brooklyn and Staten Island -ECON mode doesn't really do anything except cause lag and show a green leaf in the dashboard -Green lights around speedometer do actually teach "eco" driving -Costs significantly less than my Legacy to fill up -Lo-beams are adequate -High-beams do almost nothing except throw the light slightly higher -Haven't had any issues with TPMS like others have had from reading on other forums

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