Ford Escape vs. Toyota RAV4: Two Industry Mainstays Go Head to Head

The 2020 Escape is one of Ford's best-selling vehicles. Blending utility, comfort, drivability, and style, the new Escape does a bit of everything. That's what a lot of drivers near Las Vegas and Moapa are looking for.

Ford isn't the only manufacturer making a practical small crossover, however. There's a fierce competitor available in the 2020 Toyota RAV4. Recently redesigned, the RAV4 brings a similar blend of utility and drivability to the table. If you're considering the 2020 Escape, it's likely you've thought about the RAV4 as well. Here's a quick overview of comparisons between the two.

Design and Features

These two vehicles are popular for their balance between drivability and utility, blending the benefits of both cars and SUVs.

  • Passenger Volume: The Escape and RAV4 are very similar in size, but the Ford manages to edge it out in terms of passenger volume. With the Escape, you'll get 104 cubic feet of passenger space. In the RAV4, you'll get 98.9 cubic feet of passenger volume.
  • Power Liftgate: Both of these models offer an available power liftgate feature. If you have your hands full, you can simply kick your foot under the rear bumper to activate the automatic lift gate. Then, you're free to load up your cargo.

Performance and Capability

The new Escape and RAV4 match up quite well in terms of performance and capability. Each offers both gasoline and hybrid powertrain options, as well as available all-wheel drive and more. However, there are some performance differences to note between the two.

  • Power: The Escape offers more maximum gasoline power than the RAV4. The RAV4's standard 2.5-liter maxes out at 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, beating the Escape's base 2.5-liter engine with 200 horsepower. However, the Escape's available 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine lifts it up to 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
  • Hybrid: The new Escape makes more power from its hybrid system as well. Where the RAV4 Hybrid makes 219 horsepower, the Escape Hybrid makes 221 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque.

Technology and Safety

From active safety systems to intuitive infotainment options, both of these models are full of compelling technology features. Here are the differences to look out for.

  • Driver Assistance: Both the Escape and RAV4 offer available driver-assist technology that can help make driving easier. The Escape's Co-Pilot 360 package includes features like Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert. Meanwhile, the RAV4 gets Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 with features like Lane Tracing Assist and Automatic High Beams.
  • Infotainment: As expected, both models offer an infotainment option. The RAV4 gets its own touchscreen system with compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But the Escape bests it with available SYNC 3. This multimedia interface offers access to all of your favorite apps along with features like Ford + Alexa and WAZE technology integration.

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