|The Ford Escape has risen in popularity lately and managed to be the only SUV to crack the top 10 in purchased vehicles from the Cash for Clunkers program. It still has a long way to go to catch up to the Toyota Rav4 and Honda CR-V but it's making long strides. The CR-V has consistently placed pretty high on top of the sales pole but it might be losing ground.|
|The CR-V's bumper can look like a fat bottom lip like Bubba from Forrest Gump. It's not the worst design out there but won't appeal to everyone. The Escape's only distinctive front feature is the chrome plated grill. The rest of the design is essentially a smaller Ford Explorer.|
|Another unusual design element of the CR-V is the side window profile. The curvature toward the rear doesn't match the rigid profile of the vehicle's silhouette. Honda might be trying to be too different. The Escape on the other hand is the typical ubiquitous shape of all other SUVS.|
Honda took a radical turn when designing their CR-V which was just recently refreshed. They departed from their normal non-offensive looks to something never really seen before on a SUV. The front bumper is the most unusual design element which extrudes out over the grille rather than connected to it.
The Ford Escape was restyled to match the look of other Ford's such as the Flex and Explorer. The look is definitely more aggressive than other compact SUV's but not as refined. The headlight design has taken a step back from the previous generation and now look poorly designed