Midsize SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape feature the cargo room and capability that make them smart rides for both families and commuters. So, which one has more of what you're looking for in your next SUV? Maguire Toyota helps drivers near Ithaca, Elmira, and Binghamton decide with this Toyota RAV4 vs. Ford Escape comparison.

Toyota RAV4 vs Ford Escape Specs

The Toyota RAV4 runs on a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that delivers a sporty and efficient performance thanks to Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). This design helps it get up to 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

Alongside this powertrain you'll have an 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). Together, these systems allow your SUV to get up to an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.1

The Ford Escape offers three engines, but none of them deliver the same kind of fuel economy. For example, the base trim has a 2.5L I-4 engine that can only get up to an EPA-estimated 21 MPG city and 29 MPG highway. It also doesn't offer as much power with just 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque.

Safety & Driver Features

During your drive the Toyota RAV4 provides you with peace of mind thanks to eight airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, and Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0. This standard collection of driver assistance features can decrease the chance of an accident with technology like:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Automatic High Beams

You'll even have more awareness when you're backing up. The integrated backup camera with projected path uses your dashboard monitor to show you what's behind your SUV and help you steer. It's great for getting in or out of parking spots and lining up with your trailer.

For its standard safety features and airbag system, the Toyota RAV4 was named a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The Ford Escape wasn't able to earn the same recognition from IIHS. While it has a standard backup camera, most of its driver assistance features aren't standard on the base trim. Plus, it only has six airbags.

Technology & Infotainment Systems

The Toyota RAV4 also makes it easy to stay connected. The dashboard features a standard 7-inch touchscreen that's equipped with the Entune™ Audio system. Some of the useful technology you'll find on every trim level includes:

  • Bluetooth® audio streaming and hands-free phone calls
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Siri® Eyes Free
  • Scout® GPS Link
  • Wi-Fi Connect Powered by Verizon

The Ford Escape also features a Bluetooth® compatible system, but it doesn't come with as many features. On the base trim your system only has a 4.2-inch LCD screen, while Apple CarPlay®, a navigation system, and a Wi-Fi hotspot aren't even available.

Test Drive Your Next Midsize SUV

Visit Maguire Toyota to learn more about this Toyota RAV4 vs. Ford Escape comparison and take a test drive. With its standard safety systems, useful technology, and efficient powertrain, the Toyota RAV4 is a great all-around choice for drivers and families near Ithaca, Elmira, and Binghamton.


2019 EPA-estimated 26 city/35 hwy/30 combined mpg for RAV4 LE FWD, XLE FWD, XLE Premium FWD and Limited FWD; 27 city/34 hwy/30 combined mpg for LE AWD; 25 city/33 hwy/28 combined mpg for XLE AWD, XLE Premium AWD, Adventure and Limited AWD; and 41 city/38 hwy/40 combined mpg for RAV4 LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XSE Hybrid and Limited Hybrid. Actual mileage will vary.

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