2021 Toyota Rav4 Prime vs. 2020 Ford Escape PHEV

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Safety

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The Rav4 Prime has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Escape PHEV doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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 PHEV only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Rav4 Prime and the Escape PHEV 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.

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 PHEV.

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 PHEV’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Rav4 Prime’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 42 miles, 14% further than the Escape PHEV’s 37-mile range.

The Rav4 Prime has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escape PHEV (14.5 vs. 11.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Rav4 Prime’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Escape PHEV are solid, not vented.

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 PHEV (235/55R19 vs. 225/60R18).

The Rav4 Prime XSE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Escape PHEV’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rav4 Prime XSE has standard 19-inch wheels. The Escape PHEV’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 PHEV.

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 Prime SE’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Escape PHEV’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 PHEV 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 PHEV.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rav4 Prime’s rear seats recline. The Escape PHEV’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 PHEV with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 60.8 cubic feet).

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

Rav4 Prime

Escape PHEV

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 PHEV’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 PHEV’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 PHEV 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 PHEV doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Rav4 Prime and the Escape PHEV 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 PHEV.

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 PHEV doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Rav4 Prime’s 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. The Escape PHEV doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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