2021 Toyota Rav4 Prime vs. 2020 Ford Escape FHEV

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Safety

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Rav4 Prime. But it costs extra on the Escape FHEV.

The Rav4 Prime XSE 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 Prime and the Escape FHEV have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

The Toyota Rav4 Prime weighs 529 to 746 pounds more than the Ford Escape FHEV. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 Prime 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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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 Prime’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 102 more horsepower (302 vs. 200) than the Escape FHEV’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Rav4 Prime can drive on battery power alone for up to 42 miles. The Escape FHEV must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Tires and Wheels

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

The Rav4 Prime SE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Escape FHEV’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rav4 Prime SE has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Escape FHEV.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 Prime is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Escape FHEV.

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 Prime SE’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 Prime 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 Prime 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 Prime’s rear seats recline. The Escape FHEV’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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

Rav4 Prime

Escape FHEV

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

39.2”

36.7”/68.3”

Max Width

59”

57.3”

Min Width

39.4”

41.4”

Height

33.2”

32.8”

Towing

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The Rav4 Prime’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Escape FHEV’s (2500 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Rav4 Prime’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 Prime 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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Rav4 Prime XSE offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Escape FHEV doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Rav4 Prime and the Escape FHEV have standard heated front seats. The Rav4 Prime 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 Prime XSE 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 Prime’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.

The Rav4 Prime has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Escape FHEV Titanium.

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

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