2018 Toyota RAV4 vs Ford Escape

Specs at a Glance

2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Toyota RAV4

Engine Power


Cargo Space

  38.4 cu.ft.

2018 Ford Escape

2018 Ford Escape

Engine Power


Cargo Space

  34.0 cu.ft.

2018 Toyota RAV4 vs 2018 Ford Escape

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The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is equipped to prove itself against its competitors. In this review, we'll look at how it compares to rival Ford Escape and discover what makes the RAV4 special.


RAV4 and Escape crossovers have earned a five-star federal crash safety rating. It is notable that the RAV4 has two more airbags than the Escape. Furthermore, while the Ford offers collision avoidance features on its higher models, only Toyota has made them standard on the base edition. This includes driver aids that make life easier, such as adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams. At city speeds, an emergency autobrake may respond to pedestrian dangers or a forward collision warning. At high speeds the autobrake will act to reduce speed and hopefully stop impact. With adaptive cruise control, the RAV4 may slow itself and then speed up again as traffic allows. An active lane keeper includes a warning and an assist. Working with the driver, this system should help you avoid lane departures. Both SUVs have an available blind spot monitor and a standard rearview camera system.

Performance and Fuel Economy

As drivers, we care about performance. As owners, fuel economy is important to our budget. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 engine generates 176 horsepower, pulling ahead of the 168-horsepower Escape. Furthermore, the RAV4 earns 30 mpg highway versus 29 mpg in the Escape. By the way, if you pay more for the Escape Ecoboost engine, you only gain 3 horsepower over the RAV4, and highway fuel economy is the same 30 mpg. If you are looking for the sweet spot between performance, fuel economy, and MSRP, we'd say it was the 2018 Toyota RAV4. For the most efficient of them all, that would be the RAV4 Hybrid. It earns 32 mpg in combined city and highway driving. The engine and electric motor generate a combined 194 horsepower.

Passenger Room and Cargo Volume

By the numbers, if you want more room for passengers and more space for cargo, the RAV4 is a better choice. The RAV4 passenger volume is rated 102 cu.ft. This surpasses the Escape which measures 98.1 cubic feet. Where does it matter the most? In the backseat, the RAV4 has 1.5 extra inches of legroom. Cargo volume also favors the RAV4, whether you measure with the back seats up or down. The RAV4 hold measures 38.4 cubes, expanding to almost 74 cubes. The Escape hold is rated 34.2 cubes, expanding to 68 cubes. When you are packing the car, these difference really work in the RAV4's favor.

Entertainment on Demand

The Ford Escape S and SE editions do not come with a touchscreen. Instead they rely on Sync voice controls for Bluetooth streaming audio. Toyota chooses to put the Entune touchscreen on every RAV4. This provides access to Entune features without requiring extra money at purchase. Stepping up to the RAV4 SE, shoppers get an expanded system with HD radio and an exclusive GPS Scout App for streaming navigation. Entune offers exclusive cache radio which allows RAV4 drivers to rewind live radio to hear a favorite song again.

Since your opinion matters most, put a test drive of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 on your to-do list. You'll find a selection at Kerry Toyota. Our staff can give you more information about trim level pricing and the latest financing offers.

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