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2018 Ford Escape vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

red 2018 Ford Escape and a white 2018 Toyota RAV4 side by side with a slash and a "vs" between them

The compact crossover has to deliver plenty of capability in a variety of aspects. Are the fuel economy and interior space enough to meet the needs of families and individuals with busy commutes? Can it handle the towing and hauling needs of weekend adventures? Is the technology advanced enough to adapt to the changing needs of modern drivers? In this 2018 Ford Escape vs 2018 Toyota RAV4 comparison, we are going to look at two attractive models that offer different advantages for drivers.

Both of these vehicles come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that offers respectable horsepower and torque for the compact crossover class. However, on the 2018 Toyota RAV4 this is the only engine option. The same engine is modified for a hybrid model. In contrast, the 2018 Ford Escape offers two more engine options, including 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBoost models that offers excellent horsepower and towing.

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2018 Ford Escape vs 2018 Toyota RAV4
$23,940 Starting MSRP $24,510
245 hp, 275 lb-ft Top Engine Output 176 hp, 172 lb-ft
1,500 to 3,500 pounds Towing Range 1,500 pounds
Available Wi-Fi Hotspot N/A

Trailering and Connectivity Technology on the 2018 Ford Escape

Each engine available on the Escape in this 2018 Ford Escape vs 2018 Toyota RAV4 comparison offers attractive towing. The base engine offers 1,500 pounds of towing, which is matched by the single engine on the 2018 Toyota RAV4. However, drivers who opt for the 1.5-liter EcoBoost available on the SE and SEL trims can enjoy 179 horsepower, 177 pound-feet of torque, and 2,000 pounds of towing capability when properly equipped. The elite Titanium trim gets a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that offers up to 3,500 pounds of towing.

The 2018 Ford Escape also stands out in this comparison for the features that it offers that are simply not available on the 2018 Toyota RAV4. Things like a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Smartphone compatibility, and the Ford MyKey system (which allows you to program one of the keyfobs with speed, sound-system, or other limitations for a learning driver or when lending your vehicle to someone) are all only available on the Ford SUV.

Are you interested in learning more about the features and performance options of the 2018 Ford Escape near Huntsville AL? Contact a member of the Harbin Automotive team, visit our dealership in Scottsboro, or schedule your test drive online to get on the road with a new Ford Escape and see how you like it.

 

2018 Ford Escape in black with a white background
rear cargo area of the 2018 Ford Escape
steering wheel and infotainment system of the 2018 Ford Escape
2018 Ford Escape five interior seats