Ford Escape Vs. Toyota RAV4
The Compact SUV is supplanting the sedan in Canadian vehicle sales. Leading the charge are the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. Canada’s #1 and #2 SUVs have maintained their dominance for a reason. Combining fuel economy, cargo space, and modest power, the Escape and RAV4 do many things well. That kind of flexibility is especially important in Canada where conditions are volatile. Naturally, prospective buyers want to know which SUV is the “best.” So, let’s find out.
|Escape S (MSRP $24,599)||RAV4 LE (MSRP $27,455)|
|11.1/8.1 (city/hwy)||10/7.8 (city/hwy)|
|2.5-liter iVCT I-4||2.5-liter Dual VVT-i I-4|
|6-Speed SelectShift® Automatic Transmission||Adaptive Cruise Control|
|AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™||Lane Departure Alert|
|5-Star Front, 5-Star Side Crash Test Rating||4-Star Front/ 5-Star Side|
Obviously, the two SUVs are evenly matched. In a number of fundamental performance categories, the specifications are nearly identical. The RAV4 comes with some standard safety features like Lane Departure Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control. This kind of technology is becoming increasingly popular. On the other hand, the Escape offers AdvanceTrac® and Roll Stability Control™, as well as maximum safety ratings from the IIHS. Consequently, it might be a better choice for traditional drivers who dislike intrusive alerts.
Which Is Best? Neither…
When you dig deeper into the specifications of either vehicle, you’ll still find little to separate them. Ultimately, the telling distinction might be the price tag. After all, Escape buyers will save $3,000. That amount of money is significant considering the RAV4 offers little to justify the discrepancy. But drivers of either are unlikely to be disappointed with their decision. The Escape and the RAV4 both offer great performance and comfort. For these reasons, they’re Canada’s #1 and #2 SUVs.