You probably know some loyal Ford people in your life. Perhaps you’re also aware of a friend or two who swear up and down that Toyota is the best value for your money, and they’d never go with another brand. Here at Western Slope Auto, we see your friends’ points. All of them. That’s why we proudly offer both Ford and Toyota models for you to carefully check out and choose from. And unlike your friends, our salespeople will never try to sway you one way or another based on personal bias – It’s all about you!
Let’s start by comparing two very popular Ford and Toyota models in the ever-growing class of compact crossover models. Sometimes known as small SUVs, compact crossovers are perfect for just about everyone from college students to commuters to small families, with that just-right mix of efficiency, capability, space, and features. We’re going to go over the differences between the 2016 Ford Escape vs Toyota Rav4 to help you get a better sense of which one might be right for you.
The Ford Escape and Toyota Rav4 Side-by-Side:
|Ford Escape||vs||Toyota Rav4|
|22 city/31 hwy||
||24 city/31 hwy|
|67.8 cu. ft.||
Max Luggage Volume
||73.4 cu. ft.|
|Short and Long Arm||
|60 mo./60,000 miles||
Roadside Assistance Warranty
||24 months/unlimited miles|
||24 mo./25,000 miles|
Daytime Running Lights
As you can tell, these are a couple of vehicles with a lot in common – both come with a 2.5-liter I-4 engine, can tow up to 1,500 lbs, 17” steel wheels standard, and lots of great convenience features on every model such as Bluetooth compatibility, voice recognition, mini overhead console with storage, and a 60/40 split bench rear seat to help you take advantage of the interior space afforded to you.
What are the key differences between the Escape and Rav4?
As the chart makes clear, the differences are largely in the finer details. The Rav4 is a little longer and offers a bit more max cargo space, so if that’s a big priority for you, it’s something to consider. The Escape has a considerably longer duration on its roadside assistance warranty, but doesn’t offer the maintenance warranty you get with the Toyota. The two are pretty well-matched when it comes to power output, fuel economy, and vehicle width. The Escape costs a little less at the base level, which may be a key factor for many shoppers as well.
In the end, it’s all up to your needs, budget, and preferences. Schedule a test drive with us at Western Slope Auto if you’d like to take either or both out for a spin and see how they feel on the road!