The Ford Escape vs. Toyota RAV4 debate wages on around Glen Allen, Ashland, and Rockville. These two models often compete against one another because of their similarities, but each model also retains a number of unique traits as well. So, which model is right for your needs? This question will be answered in the coming sections as Richmond Ford West dives into both the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4.

A few of the topics we'll be discussing at length include the safety and driver-assistance technology, the performance, and the infotainment.

Ford Escape vs Toyota RAV4 Specs

Performance is a must-have for families hauling kids and cargo or adventurous drivers who want to use long weekends for outdoor exploration. Thankfully, both the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 have impressive engines.

The 2019 Ford Escape, for example, comes with three available options underneath the hood, the first being a 2.5L 4-cylinder that produces 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. After that, there's a 1.5L 4-cylinder, which generates 179 horsepower with an accompanying 177 lb-ft of torque.

The third option for the Ford Escape is an impressive 2.0L 4-cylinder that can deliver 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.

On the other hand, there's the Toyota RAV4, which limits your engine choices to a single motor, the 2.5L 4-cylinder, which can only generate 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

Safety & Driver-Assistance Technology

Another prominent aspect of the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 is safety since both models offer a range of protective, intuitive features.

If we start by looking at the safety features in the Ford Escape, we'll find numerous parking-related systems, such as Enhanced Active Park Assist with Parallel Parking, Park Out Assist, and Reverse Perpendicular Parking. There's also the Forward and Side Sensing Systems, which give you an alert if your SUV comes too close to a nearby obstacle.

The Toyota RAV4 introduces its own range of safety technology led by features like the Rear Cross-Traffic Braking System, but it doesn't provide the same type of parking support as the Ford Escape.

Infotainment & Connectivity

To help you stay entertained on long road trips or during your daily commute, the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 each provide advanced infotainment systems.

An outlay of what you'll find in the Ford Escape includes:

  • 10-speaker audio system from Sony®
  • SYNC® 3 accessibility on a touchscreen display
  • Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System with Pinch-to-Zoom capability and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link™

Ford also pairs the vehicle with the FordPass™ Connect application, which gives you the ability to lock, unlock, or start your vehicle remotely; look for parking ahead of time; or compare fuel prices of nearby gas stations.

The Toyota RAV4 utilizes the Entune™ 3.0 system to bring you the latest in infotainment. While the Entune™ 3.0 system is sufficient, it can't match SYNC® 3 in terms of user-friendliness or the overall abundance of applications.

The Choice Is Simple: Ford Escape vs Toyota RAV4

After a brief look at both SUVs, the 2019 Ford Escape pulls out ahead against the Toyota RAV4 thanks to an edge in safety, technology, and performance. To test drive this model around Glen Allen, Rockville, or Ashland, contact Richmond Ford West today!

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