When hybrids were new, state-of-the-art technology, three automakers were its pioneers. Everyone thinks of Toyota, whose Prius became a household name. But Honda and Ford were also early players in the gas-electric game. And this year, they’ve both introduced new competitors to the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid compact crossover. That’s the best-selling hybrid in America, and the compact crossover class is the hottest in the country.
The new 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid and 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid follow a similar formula to the RAV4 Hybrid: An electric motor joins a gasoline engine to reduce fuel usage. But the CR-V and Escape hybrids have some key differences. Based on our experience driving both these gas-electric small suvs, we’ll discuss how the two models compare — and which one is the better choice overall.