We like the 2016 Ford Escape's engine lineup. Choose from three engine options, the most powerful of which is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. For enhanced fuel economy, test-drive the turbocharged, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which earns up to 23 city/32 highway mpg.
In contrast, the Honda CR-V offers only one engine option. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generates 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that maximizes fuel economy, earning up to 26 city/33 highway mpg. Choose all-wheel drive for premium traction on winter roads.