2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Ford Escape

Sport utility vehicles have come a long way since the days of yore. Within this popular segment are a number of different styles with varying capabilities and efficiencies. You can now drive an SUV that allows ample cargo capacity, ride height, horsepower, and even fuel efficiency without having to break the bank outright or over time. With the development of crossover models in particular, SUVs have gotten more popular than ever, offering drivers everywhere a chance to experience a taste of two worlds. For that reason, there is no shortage of options for you if you happen to be on the market for one. Which option is best for you? Let's look at the 2017 Toyota RAV4 vs the 2017 Ford Escape.

We will be looking at the base model of each vehicle, since a quality vehicle lineup starts with a strong foundation to set the precedent.

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2017 Toyota RAV4 LE vs 2017 Ford Escape S
176 HP Horsepower 168 HP
23/30 City/MPG Fuel Economy 21/29 City/Hwy MPG
1,500 Pounds Maximum Towing Capacity 1,500 Pounds
73.4 Cubic Feet Maximum Cargo Capacity 68 Cubic Feet

More horsepower and cargo capacity with better fuel efficiency

The "RAV" in RAV4 stands for "Recreational Active Vehicle," and it definitely lives up to its name. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 is equipped with a base engine that doles out 176 horsepower, easily topping the 168 horsepower offered by the base 2017 Ford Escape engine. That kind of power under the hood can help you take what you need with you on all of your recreational excursions. The 2017 RAV4 can tow up to 1,500 pounds behind it and, when you fold down the rear seats, it can carry as much as 73.4 cubic feet worth of cargo. While the 2017 Ford Escape can also tow 1,500 pounds, its maximum cargo capacity falls well shy of what the RAV4 offers.

Does this all mean the 2017 RAV4 is less efficient? No. This lean and sleek model can get an EPA-estimated 23 city and 30 highway miles per gallon, again beating out the 2017 Ford Escape. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 shows in category after category how much more capability you can have when you go in this direction. True recreation awaits you.

white 2017 Toyota RAV4 looking toward mountains
2017 Toyota RAV4 driving along the coast
2017 Toyota RAV4 instrument panel
people unloading cargo from back of 2017 Toyota RAV4