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varmint,At least they didn't score lower in the IIHS and NHTSA tests.
I took another look at the IIHS pictures http://www.iihs.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/html/photo_comp_smsuv.htm after reading Road and Track's online review of the 2002 CR-V. They tell us that Honda added some extra under-floor bracing to the 2002. When you look at the crash picture of the CR-V, it does not seem to have a bend in the roof like the Escape does and the back end seems higher off the ground.
I'm wondering if that might be a large part of what caused the big difference in the test? Could be a pretty simple fix for Ford if it is.
According to other countries other then North America the towing capacity for the 2002 CRV is 1500 Kg's which is 3307 pounds! Yahoooo! All CRV's are the same not matter where you go in the world, except some places have the smaller engine.
click on CRV, then specifications!
Just because Honda America has a bunch of conservative engineers, where Ford lacks the later, doesn't mean the CRV isn't capable of hauling as much as the Escape.
npaladin2000, I took the liberty to look up the escape in the same country that I linked the CRV to in my last post. The CRV is rated at 1500 Kg's and the Escape is rated at 1600 Kg's.
http://www.ford.co.nz/default.asp?content=sideDoor&location=showroom/showroom.asp&color=010025Click on passenger vehicle, then escape, then specifications, then fact sheet.Each company has to buy insurance for itself on the grand scale. Honda America has always been far more conservative the Ford has been.
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