When you’re on the search for a powerful and highly capable SUV for your commutes around the Worcester, Auburn, or Shrewsbury, MA, area, there’s a good chance you’re considering either a Toyota RAV4 or a Ford Escape. After all, they both have reputations for delivering impressive features and spacious interior cabins, but which one is actually going to be the right fit for you?

Here at Harr Toyota, we’re dedicated to helping you every step of the way through your car-buying journey, and we know that starts right here with the research process. In order to make it as simple as possible, we’ve created this handy breakdown on the Toyota RAV4 vs. Ford Escape. Now, let’s see how these two SUVs stack up against one another!


Performance Features & Engine Specs

To get started, we’ll head right under the hood and check out what powers these two SUVs.

With the RAV4, you’ll have two different engines to choose from:

  • Standard 2.5-Liter Dynamic Force 4-cylinder engine: 203 HP / 184 lb-ft of torque capability
  • Available Hybrid 2.5-Liter 4-cylinder engine: 219 combined net HP / 176 lb-ft of torque

The standard engine is paired with a Direct Shift 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) and sequential shift mode, while the Hybrid engine works with the Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) with sequential shift mode.

The standard 1.5L EcoBoost® engine found in the Ford Escape falls short, only putting out 181 horsepower. There’s also an available hybrid engine, but once it again it can’t compete with the hybrid found over in the RAV4. It only puts out 165 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque capability.

While the standard 8-speed Automatic Transmission in the Ford is similar to the standard transmission found in the Toyota, it doesn’t have all the same bells and whistles, like sequential shift mode.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Red

Technology Features

You’ll want to be sure your SUV comes equipped with a plethora of technology features designed to keep you entertained no matter how long the drive ahead.

The RAV4 features a standard 7-inch touchscreen, six speakers, and Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® compatibility. This means you can easily connect your smartphone to the audio system and stream music, make phone calls, send texts, and access your favorite navigation apps via simple voice commands.

Over in the Ford Escape, you’ll also get six standard speakers, but that’s where the similarities end. Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® don’t come standard, so you’ll have to upgrade to the available SYNC®3 system if you want the same easy connectivity as in the RAV4.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Interior

The Verdict: 2021 Toyota RAV4 vs Ford Escape

While both SUVs may be decent choices for your commutes around Worcester, Auburn, or Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, it’s clear the Toyota RAV4 outperforms the Ford Escape in crucial categories like performance and technology features.

Here at Harr Toyota, we’re dedicated to providing our drivers with a fun and informative car-buying experience so everyone can find the perfect vehicle for their lifestyle. For more information or to schedule your next test drive, give us a call or stop by our showroom today!

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