Silver 2021 Toyota RAV4 vs. white 2021 Ford Escape on Long Island, NY.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Vs. 2021 Ford Escape: Which One Is Right for Me?

Posted at Fri, Oct 23, 2020 12:00 AM

If you’re looking for all the utility and dependability of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) but prefer something a little smaller and easier to maneuver, it is time to check out a crossover. Given how many there are and how greatly they vary, narrowing down your list of options can be time consuming. To help you out, our crew here at Westbury Toyota has put together a thorough comparison guide showcasing two of North America’s most popular crossovers: The 2021 RAV4 and the 2021 Ford Escape. Take a look to see which one will best suit your needs.

Specs and Mileage

Both of these crossovers are evenly matched in terms of power, handling, and fuel economy, and what’s more, both have hybrid options. The table below compares these stats in greater detail.

2021 Toyota RAV4 2021 Ford Escape

Gas: 2.5 L 4-Cylinder DOHC VVT-i capable of 203 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque

Hybrid: 2.5 L Dynamic Force 4-Cylinder capable of 219 combined net hp and 176 lb-ft of torque

Gas: 1.5 liter (L) EcoBoost Ti-VCT GTI I-3 engine capable of 181 horsepower (hp) and 190 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque

Hybrid: 2.5 L iVCT Atkinson Cycle I-4 Hybrid capable of 165 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque

Gas: FWD and available AWD

Hybrid: FWD

Gas: Front-wheel drive (FWD) or available All-wheel drive (AWD)

Hybrid: Front-wheel drive (FWD) or Intelligent AWD

Gas: 8-speed automatic

Hybrid: eCVT

Gas: 8-speed automatic transmission

Hybrid: eCVT

Gas: 27 mpg city and 35 mpg highway

Hybrid: 41 mpg city and 38 mpg highway

Gas: EPA fuel economy of 27 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city, and 33 mpg on the highway (with FWD)

Hybrid: 44 mpg city, 37 mpg highway

As evenly matched as these two crossovers are in terms of performance, the RAV4 pulls ahead slightly in both the gas and hybrid categories, while the two are evenly matched in fuel economy.

Cargo Volume

There’s no telling when you will need the extra space in your crossover to haul around something you need for work, hobbies, or your family, so it is important to know just how much cargo volume these vehicles have. The RAV4 has 69.8 cubic feet of storage volume behind the front seat and 37.6 cubic feet behind the rear seat, while the Escape has 60.8 cubic feet and 34.4 cubic feet, respectively.

Safety Features

While the 2021 Escape is outfitted with some decent safety features, Toyota has always made safety a priority in their manufacturing, which leads to the 2021 RAV4 going above and beyond on this front with the following:

  • Backup camera with projected path
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Safety Connect
  • Trailer Sway Control
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Anti-theft system with immobilizer

In addition, the RAV4 comes equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense suite, which includes Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist, and Full Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Which One Is Right For Me?

Both of these 2021 crossovers are impressively outfitted in order to provide you with the utmost in safety, performance, handling, and storage space. However, the facts don’t lie, and as you can tell from looking over this comparison guide, the 2021 RAV4 has more to offer than the 2021 Ford Escape. If you liked what you read about the RAV4, do not hesitate to contact us here at Westbury Toyota for more information, as well as buying and leasing options.

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