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2021 Ford Escape vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Review

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2021 Ford
Escape

MSRP*: $25,555 to $36,455
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2021 Toyota
RAV4

MSRP*: $26,250 to $36,180
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Invoice* $24,788 to $34,997 $24,544 to $33,829
MPG - City 23 - 44 MPG 25 - 28 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 37 MPG 32 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 60.8 - 65.4 ft3 69.7 - 69.8 ft3
Engine I-3, Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Automatic, Continuously Variable Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 165 - 250 hp 203 hp
Towing Capacity 1,500 - 3,500 lbs 1,500 - 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 180.5 - 181.3 in 180.9 - 181.5 in
Exterior Width 74.1 in 73.0 - 73.4 in
Leg Room Front 42.4 in
Rear 38.9 - 40.7 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 37.8 in
Head Room Front 40.0 in
Rear 39.3 in
Front 37.7 - 39.5 in
Rear 39.5 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Ford Escape offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Toyota RAV4. The Ford Escape will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Toyota RAV4.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Ford Escape as you will with the Toyota RAV4, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Ford Escape will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Toyota RAV4. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Ford Escape will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Toyota RAV4.

Dimensions
The Ford Escape is a little wider than the Toyota RAV4, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. When looking at overall length, the Ford Escape takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Toyota RAV4.

Handling
The Ford Escape has a larger turning radius than the Toyota RAV4, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
If you've got something you need to pull, the Ford Escape will do just as well as the Toyota RAV4, since they have about the same towing capacity. The Ford Escape has a little less horsepower than the Toyota RAV4.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Ford Escape doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Toyota RAV4.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Ford Escape and the Toyota RAV4. The Ford Escape has less cargo space than the Toyota RAV4, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Ford Escape comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Toyota RAV4.