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Ford Escape vs Toyota RAV4

By Autolist Staff | October 19, 2018

2018 Ford Escape

2018 Toyota RAV4

Automotive Website Analyzed


82%

Really Good

You should buy it

95%

The Best

You should buy it

Our User's Take

What owners think


50%

Would Buy Again

2 Ratings

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Would Buy Again

- Ratings


What’s better about the Escape?

Non-hybrid engine choices. The RAV4 may have the hybrid available as an option but the Escape has a more non-hybrid engine lineup. Where the Toyota only has one 176-horsepower gas engine, the Ford has three: a base 2.5-liter non-turbo four-cylinder engine with 168 horsepower, a mid-level 1.5-liter turbo four with 179 horsepower and a top-end 2.0-liter turbo four with 245 horsepower. Worth noting: the mid-level Escape’s turbo engine is about as efficient as the RAV4’s only gas engine.

Better handling. Many of the reviews of the 2018 Escape praise it for its handling, which is noticeably more crisp and responsive than the 2018 RAV4.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota’s 2018 RAV4 doesn’t offer this connectivity while the 2018 Ford Escape does. This can be a big deal for people who prioritize connectivity in their next vehicle.


What’s better about the Toyota?

Safety. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2018 RAV4 a Top Safety Pick rating; the Ford Escape didn’t get such a rating. PLUS, the RAV4 comes standard with active safety technologies like adaptive cruise control, pre-collision alert and braking with pedestrian detection and lane-departure warning and steering assist. These features aren’t standard on the 2018 Escape.

Hybrid. While the Ford has more gas engine choices than the RAV4, only this Toyota offers a hybrid engine option. It boosts the non-hybrid’s gas mileage from 22/28/25 MPG city/highway/combined to 34/30/32 MPG city/highway/combined.

More cargo room. The RAV4 boasts 38.4 cubic feet of cargo space while the Escape has 34 cubic feet. Not a huge difference but when you’re buying a vehicle for its utility, things like this are important.

Reliability. Consumer Reports gives a coveted ‘Recommended’ rating to the 2018 RAV4, something it doesn’t give to the Ford Escape. Part of this is because of the RAV4’s superior reliability -- something essential when looking for a new car.


Autolist’s take:

We always like a fun-to-drive vehicle, even if it’s a crossover. Not only does the Ford Escape promise that but it also has a wider range of gas engines to choose from and better connectivity inside. But we’re smitten by the Toyota RAV4’s superior reliability, safety, cargo room and the hybrid availability. These are all crucial elements when choosing your next vehicle, so for this reason, we say Buy the RAV4.


Cost of Ownership

2018 Ford Escape

2018 Toyota RAV4

Annual Fuel Costs

$1,397
15k miles at $2.421/gal
$1,397
15k miles at $2.421/gal
Fuel Economy

23 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
23 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
30 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
30 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2018 Ford Escape

2018 Toyota RAV4

NHTSA Crash Test Results

5 stars
Overall
5 stars
Overall
Safety Features

-
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Autonomous Braking
Available
Blind-Spot Warnings
Available
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Available
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Available
Cross-Traffic Alert
Available
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2018 Ford Escape

2018 Toyota RAV4

Interior Features

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Leather
-
Leather
Available
Moonroof
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Heated Seats
Available
Heated Seats
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Climate Control
Standard
Climate Control
Technology

Available
Apple Carplay
-
Apple Carplay
Available
Android Auto
-
Android Auto
Standard
Satellite Radio
Available
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
Available
Navigation System
Available
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2018 Ford Escape

2018 Toyota RAV4

Powertrain

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Transmission
6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Transmission
FWD
Drivetrain
FWD
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

245 HP @ 5500 RPM
Horsepower
176 HP @ 6000 RPM
Horsepower
275lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
Torque
172lb-ft @ 4100 RPM
Torque
I4
Cylinders
I4
Cylinders