2020 Toyota Rav4 vs. 2020 Ford Escape FHEV

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Safety

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The Rav4 Limited/TRD Off-Road offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Escape FHEV only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Rav4 and the Escape FHEV have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rav4 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 82 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Escape FHEV is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Escape FHEV.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Rav4’s reliability 30 points higher than the Escape FHEV.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

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The Rav4’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 3 more horsepower (203 vs. 200) than the Escape FHEV’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Rav4 is faster than the Ford Escape FHEV:

Rav4

Escape FHEV

Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

84.7 MPH

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Escape FHEV (235/55R19 vs. 225/65R17).

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Escape FHEV.

The Rav4 Adventure handles at .81 G’s, while the Escape FHEV SE Sport 4x4 pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Rav4 Adventure executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Escape FHEV SE Sport 4x4 (27.5 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 LE/XLE’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Escape FHEV’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.2 feet).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Rav4 Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Escape FHEV doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Rav4 has .2 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Escape FHEV.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rav4’s rear seats recline. The Escape FHEV’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Escape FHEV with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 34.4 cubic feet). The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Escape FHEV with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 60.8 cubic feet).

The Rav4’s cargo area is larger than the Escape FHEV’s in almost every dimension:

Rav4

Escape FHEV

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40”

36.7”/68.3”

Max Width

59”

57.3”

Min Width

39.4”

41.4”

Height

36.6”

32.8”

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Ford Escape FHEV is limited to 1500 pounds. The Rav4 4WD offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Rav4’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Escape FHEV’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Rav4 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Escape FHEV can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Rav4’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Escape FHEV’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

Both the Rav4 and the Escape FHEV offer available heated front seats. The Rav4 Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Escape FHEV.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Rav4 Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Escape FHEV doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Rav4 XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Escape FHEV doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Escape FHEV doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Rav4, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford Escape FHEV isn't recommended.

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Ford Escape by 86% during 2019.

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