2019 Ford Escape vs 2019 Toyota RAV4

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  • 2019 Ford Escape

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    Starting at

    $24,105

    2019 Toyota RAV4

    A grey 2019 Toyota RAV4 is facing right.

    Starting at

    $25,500

    3Available Engines1
    168-245 HPHorsepower203 HP
    170-275 lb-ftTorque184 lb-ft

    If you are in the market for a smaller and affordable SUV you are probably looking at the 2019 Ford Escape vs 2019 Toyota RAV4. It is hard to say that there is a vehicle that will suit the needs of nearly every driver, but the 2019 Ford Escape and 2019 Toyota RAV4 come as close as possible. The only drivers who wouldn’t find these models enough are those with substantial space or power requirements that the average driver won’t generally have in their day to day life. Basically, these are two small SUVs that are affordable, easy-to-drive, tech-savvy, lively, and flexible enough to keep up with any lifestyle. That being said, these models fit so perfectly that it may be difficult deciding which one fits best.

    The 2019 Ford Escape is a stunningly straightforward compact SUV that makes drivers doubt how they ever lived without it as their partner on the road Adaptable in the best way possible, the 2019 Escape has a little bit of everything. The utility is flexible, the performance is impressively sporty, and the look is sharp, tough, and clean. No driver can deny how convenient it is to owe a perfectly balanced and adaptable model like the 2019 Ford Escape.

    The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a crossover SUV that looks sharp as steel with curves in the most intrepid places. Honestly speaking, It’s a little weak when it comes to performance potential and utility and when compared to others in its class, but it has nice efficiency and plenty of tech that may just be impressive enough to make up for what it lacks. Basically, if you want something sharp and modern, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 may just be a good choice.

    The prices for these two models are pretty even with less than $1,000 between the two in favor of the 2019 Ford Escape, but when it comes to power and utility the 2019 Escape undoubtedly crushes the 2019 RAV4.

  • Design

    A red 2019 Ford Escape is turning a corner on a cobblestone road.
     

    The two elements to the design of a vehicle are style and utility. Both are essential when it comes to delivering a vehicle that a driver will not only like, but will fall in love with. Both the 2019 Ford Escape and 2019 Toyota RAV4 have a design that is all their own, but only one offers a level of vast and flexible space drivers desire in models of this class.

    2019 Ford Escape

    When it comes to style the 2019 Ford Escape keeps it fresh, clean, compact, and straightforward with a few sharp features to give it some personality. The hexagonal grille and sleek headlights are examples of some of the more prominent features that are practical as they are stylish. The grille conceals active shutters that are used to improve efficiency while driving as the lights are LED-infused to keep driver visibility at its best. These sharp features are complemented by the overall clean design of the body that includes curves on the side and hood that are perfectly placed to bring out the best in this model.

    Yes, the 2019 Escape is direct and stunning when it comes to its style, but when it comes to utility, this is a vehicle full of surprises. With two rows of seating, this model can accommodate five passengers while still leaving room for 34 cu.ft of cargo space. If you need more space though, this model is extremely flexible and will allow drivers to fold the split rear seating in order to give a shocking 68 cu.ft of space for all the cargo you will need for your next big adventure.

    2019 Toyota RAV4

    The overall idea for the design of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is keeping it modern in both style and utility. The exterior of the 2019 RAV4 is highly unique with sharp and bulky edges that appear as if the manufacturer had a geometry problem to solve in order to plan his design. Everywhere you look is something new, which while it does succeed in gaining attention, may not do so in a positive way. Honestly speaking, the style is all over the place with its sharp lights, bold hood, and grille that is cut short at the bottom, and it is more distracting than appealing.

  • Performance

    A white 2019 Ford Escape is driving down a dirt road in the woods. Check out performance when comparing the 2019 Ford Escape vs 2019 Toyota RAV4.
     

    Many drivers don’t believe compact SUVs such as the 2019 Ford Escape and the 2019 Toyota RAV4 require much power, but these two still manage to deliver in a big way when it comes to performance capabilities. That being said, the 2019 Escape clearly has the edge when it comes to raw potential and versatility in its selection of powertrains.

    2019 Ford Escape

    The 2019 Ford Escape offers three brilliant engine powers for drivers to have the freedom to choose their own driving experience for a price that works for them. The standard engine changes depending on the trim level, but all have their benefits. A 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque comes standard with the Escape S trim, the base model. This is the most balanced and affordable option of the three. If you upgrade to the SE or SEL trim levels, then you will get a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo engine with 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque that delivers a balanced performance. Finally, if you want to go for the top and get everything this model has to offer with a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine that pushes out 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. This engine also allows for a max towing potential of 3,500. Every option has its advantages; you just need to choose between affordability, balance, or power. In addition to engines, the 2019 Escape offers a number of available stability, traction, and control-based technology features such as its intelligent FWD system that were designed to assure your safety on and off the road.

    2019 Toyota RAV4

    The 2019 Toyota RAV4 maybe be brilliant, but it only offers one main engine. This is fairly common for Toyota as they are very particular in what they use to power their vehicles and want only to assure they pair them with the best. This is not completely a bad thing, but it certainly does limit the driver’s options and takes away their freedom to choose their driving experience. For the 2019 RAV4, the engine is a 2.5L 4-cylinder that produces 205 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque and can tow a max of 3,500 pounds. While this power level is fairly weak for its class, efficiency is where this model truly shines. This engine delivers an EPA rating of 35 mpg highway, but there is also an electric motor hybrid-based engine that rates 38 mpg highway. This model comes in either FWD or AWD in order to suit your needs.

  • Safety

    A dark 2019 Ford Escape is parked outside city buildings on a rainy day.
     

    Safety is an incredibly important factor when shopping for a new vehicle, especially if you’re planning on having friends and family onboard. Thankfully, both the 2019 Ford Escape and 2019 Toyota RAV4 are safe and reliable.

    2019 Ford Escape

    The 2019 Ford Escape comes standard with a rearview camera, as well as MyKey which allows drivers to set restrictions on speed and volume for any secondary drivers. The Escape also offers a long list of available driver assist features including, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, active park assist, rear parking sensors, pre-collision braking, and adaptive cruise control. Overall, the 2019 Ford Escape comes with plenty of standard and available safety features, and given its low starting price, it is easy to upgrade to a nice selection of safety technology.

    2019 Toyota RAV4

    The 2019 Toyota RAV4 comes with a generous suite of standard safety technology, including a rearview camera. lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. However, given its higher starting MSRP compared to the 2019 Ford Escape, this is to be expected. Meanwhile, available driver assist features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear cross traffic braking. Whether you choose the 2019 Ford Escape or 2019 Toyota RAV4, you’ll be safe and protected with plenty of onboard tech.

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