2018 Toyota RAV4 vs 2018 Ford Escape Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Toyota Rav4

2018 Toyota Rav4

Engine Torque

  172 ft-lbs.


  176 hp

2018 Ford Escape

2018 Ford Escape

Engine Torque

  170 ft-lbs.


  168 hp

2018 Toyota Rav4 vs 2018 Ford Escape

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Debuting in 1994, the Toyota RAV4 was one of the very first compact SUVs: vehicles that offered a tamer, more accessible form of traditionally rugged, all-weather rides. Fast forward to the 2018 model year, and the RAV4—now in its fourth generation of production—is among the most recognizable nameplates in this segment. Granted, it isn’t the only forerunner in town. Indeed, the Ford Escape, which arrived in 2000, is another of the older compact SUVs and has also sold well because of its sedan-like driving dynamics and fuel efficiency melded with SUV-like spaciousness and traction ability. However, the RAV4 is a better choice because of the following:

Standard Safety Features

One of the major attributes of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is its sophisticated collection of safety technologies. Toyota groups the majority of the RAV4’s safety features into two categories: Toyota Safety Sense™ and Star Safety™. Safety Sense™ combines technologies such as automatic high beams, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, and dynamic radar cruise control. Star Safety™ includes traction control, vehicle stability control, smart stop technology, and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution. Also on board are a rear view camera, trailer sway control, and hill start assist. And the airbag system brings together dual front impact airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, two side-impact airbags, and two front and two rear side curtain airbags. Compared to the RAV4, the standard safety features on the 2018 Ford Escape are rather basic. Automatic high beams, smart stop technology, trailer sway control, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, dynamic radar cruise control, and hill start assist are not available at the base level.

Interior Volume

When it comes to spaciousness, you’d not have any complaints about the 2018 Toyota RAV4 or the 2018 Ford Escape. Indeed, both vehicles are hailed for providing some of the most spacious interiors in the compact SUV class. However, one is roomier than the other, and that’s the RAV4. Its peak total interior volume (i.e., what the LE trim provides) is measured at 140.3 cubic feet. The Escape provides 132.7 cubic feet, which is 7.6 cubic feet less.

Cargo Volume

Also worthy of note is the amount of cargo volume that each vehicle provides. This is measured between the rear seats and the liftgate, and it serves as the area for accommodating and transporting luggage. On the 2018 Toyota RAV4, it is measured at up to 38.4 cubic feet (if you go with any trim other than the Limited). And since the rear seats are foldable, you can extend it into the cabin to maximize it at 73.4 cubic feet (again, on all trims but the Limited). However, even if you go with the Limited, you will still get a standard cargo volume of 35.6 cubic feet that can be expanded to 70.6 cubic feet. And the RAV4, even with the Limited, still has a peak cargo space that surpasses that of the 2018 Ford Escape, which offers 68 cubic feet.

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* MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $895 for Cars (Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla iM, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius v, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV), $995 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,295 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,295 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota's charge for these services is called the "Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee" and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota's overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. Actual dealer price will vary

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