Ford Escape vs Toyota RAV4

Ford Escape vs Toyota RAV4


With available all-wheel drive systems, the Ford Escape and the Toyota RAV4 are great options for adventurous drivers near Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, NY. But you can only choose one for your next ride, so our team at Friendly Ford Hamilton will take you through what sets these two bold SUVs apart.


Ford Escape Engine Specs

Ford Escape vs RAV4 Performance

You need your next SUV to be able to create the bold drive you crave, and the Ford Escape delivers with two brawny gas engine options. The available 2.0L EcoBoost® engine generates 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque to help you tackle whatever's in your path with supreme strength. Unfortunately, the RAV4 only has one engine, so you'll be stuck with 203 horsepower.

Additionally, the Escape and the RAV4 both offer hybrid motors if you're looking to maximize fuel economy. Once again, the Escape rises above the competition with 165 horsepower from its hybrid engine. The Toyota RAV4 only outputs 118 horsepower.

If you need to tow any kind of cargo, the Escape and the RAV4 can do that for you. Both vehicles offer a maximum towing capacity up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

In any vehicle, you want to be able to know how your vehicle is performing at all times. The Ford Escape and the Toyota RAV4 offer beautiful, high-definition display instrument clusters that are customizable so you can see anything and everything you want to at all times. In the Toyota RAV4, you’ll have access to a 7-inch instrument cluster.

The Ford Escape offers an available 12.3-inch instrument cluster, making it much easier not only to see the information you want, but also to customize it the way you want without having to take your eyes off the road.


Ford Escape Interior Space

Escape vs RAV4: Interior Dimensions

Not only do you need a vehicle with exciting power output, but you also want to know you're going to stay comfortable throughout the journey as well. No matter where the road takes you in the Escape, you'll be able to stretch out thanks to the following cabin measurements:

Ford Escape

  • Front Headroom: 40 inches
  • Rear Headroom: 39.3 inches
  • Front Legroom: 42.4 inches
  • Rear Legroom: 40.7 inches

Toyota RAV4

  • Front Headroom: 37.7 inches
  • Rear Headroom: 39.5 inches
  • Front Legroom: 41 inches
  • Rear Legroom: 37.8 inches

As you can see, while the Ford Escape and the RAV4 offer nearly 40 inches of rear headroom, this is where their similarities end. You and your passengers may feel more cramped on road trips in the RAV4 with significantly less headroom and legroom in both rows.


Ford Escape Titanium Velocity Blue

Ford Escape & Toyota RAV4 Trim Levels

Are you someone who loves to have options when choosing the trim level of your next vehicle? If so, then you’ll be happy to know the Ford Escape and the Toyota RAV4 offer upward of 10 trim levels, so you definitely won’t be short of options. And while you’ll find great gas and hybrid models from each vehicle, the Ford offers something truly unique.

The Escape offers three plug-in hybrid models. These models include:

  • Escape SE Plug-In Hybrid
  • Escape SEL Plug-In Hybrid
  • Escape Titanium Plug-In Hybrid

The Toyota RAV4 doesn’t offer a plug-in hybrid model of any kind.


2021 Ford Escape MPG

Ford Escape & Toyota RAV4 MPG

The Ford Escape and the Toyota RAV4 are two of the more fuel-efficient SUVs you can find. They offer comparable MPG in their gas models, and their hybrids offer comparable highway mileage. However, that’s where the similarities end. The hybrid models in the Ford Escape offer 44 city/41 combined MPG, whereas the RAV4 hybrid models offer 41 city/40 combined MPG.

So, if you truly want to maximize the fuel efficiency in your future vehicle, definitely take a look at the Ford Escape and its hybrid models.


2021 Ford Escape Safety

Ford Escape vs Toyota RAV4 Safety

Nothing is more important than staying safe on the open road. As you cruise from destination to destination, standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and a Lane-Keeping System in the Ford Escape and the Toyota RAV4 will help keep you out of harm's way. Both SUVs also offer a BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert to let you know when it's safe to change lanes.

However, this feature comes standard on the Escape, while you'll have to upgrade to a higher trim level to make it available on the RAV4.

When it comes to parking, the Escape is better equipped to help keep you safe as well. Active Park Assist 2.0 is available to help simplify even complex parallel parking maneuvers by taking control of the wheel while you focus on accelerating and changing gears. Since this feature isn't found in the RAV4, you'll have to park the old-fashioned way without any assistance other than from a backup camera.


Ford Escape Interior Technology

Infotainment Options

No drive is complete without a little music or your favorite podcast. The Ford Escape and the Toyota RAV4 offer world-class infotainment and connectivity options to make sure you’re able to enjoy your audio and best features from your smartphone. Both vehicles come standard with wireless Bluetooth® capabilities, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

Each vehicle has the capability to pair up with Amazon Alexa, which will allow you to control smart devices in your home from your vehicle, shop from Amazon Prime, and also access voice navigation features. An available Wireless Charging Pad in both vehicles will make USB cables a thing of the past and charge your phone faster than ever before.

Where the Ford really stands out, though, is with its available SYNC® 3 technology. Using voice commands, you can access your phone, maps, in-vehicle apps, and so much more.


Ford Escape vs Toyota RAV4: Choose the Right SUV for You!

Clearly the Ford Escape and the Toyota RAV4 are well matched, but when it comes to trim levels, performance, hybrid MPG, infotainment, and more, the Escape sails ahead. Check out the extra tech features and range of engine options for this SUV at Friendly Ford Hamilton by scheduling a test drive either in person or over the phone or internet.

We hope to see our friends from Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, New York, soon! Contact us today.


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