2016 Ford Escape vs 2016 Toyota RAV4

The 2016 Ford Escape vs. the 2016 Toyota RAV4

The 2016 Ford Escape is one mighty SUV. Offering drivers from Peotone and Bradley a choice of ruggedly powerful engines, a generous—and comfortable—amount of interior space, and an array of safety systems to keep you and passengers safe and sound, the Ford Escape outperforms its rivals in almost every way. But for all you doubters out there, we’ve prepared this comparison to demonstrate to you just how superior the 2016 Ford Escape is to its competition. Just read on to see how the Escape compares to one of its arch-rivals, the 2016 Toyota RAV4.


First of all, the 2016 Ford Escape is one massively powerful vehicle, offering drivers a selection of titanic (yet still efficient) engines:

  • The 2016 Ford Escape – The base-line Ford Escape trim runs on a 2.5L iVCT engine that can generate 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, while both the mid-level and upper-level trims give you either a 1.5L EcoBoost® engine with Auto Start-Stop that can grind out 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, or a 2.0L Twin-Turbo Scroll EcoBoost engine with Auto Start-Stop that produces as much as 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Ultimately, then, the Escape is going to give you top-of-the-line power, and especially towing capability: the Escape promises between 1,500 pounds and 3,500 pounds of it. Finally, the Escape is an efficient machine: its 1.5L EcoBoost engine, for example, can get 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
  • The 2016 Toyota RAV4 – The RAV4 also gives you a choice of engines—a 2.5L 4-cylinder DOHC 16-Valve with Dual VVT-i engine; and a 2.5L 4-cylinder DOHC 16-Valve with VVT-i hybrid engine. The RAV4’s biggest strength is probably its efficiency: for example, its gas engine ensures that you can get 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, and the hybrid gives you 34 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. But neither of these engines delivers as much horsepower as the Ford: the first gets only 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, while the second promises only 194 net system hp.

Space and Design

In addition to affording drivers great engine power and notable efficiency, the 2016 Ford Escape also gives you ample space for passengers and cargo, and some exciting design perks, as well:

  • The 2016 Ford Escape – The Escape offers seating for five, but even more excitingly, it gives you 98.7 cubic feet of comfortable passenger space, as well as 68 cubic feet of cargo room. This means that you’ll be able to pack all the luggage you’ll need on your next trip without cramping your passenger’s space. But in addition to providing abundant room for passengers and their luggage, the Escape also gives you a hands-free liftgate system, which makes it possible for you to open or close the liftgate simply by swiping your foot underneath a set of sensors underneath the car’s body, making loading and unloading easy as can be!
  • The 2016 Toyota RAV4 – The 2016 Toyota RAV4 gives you seating for five, and a generous allotment of cargo space—between 70.6 and 73.4 cubic feet, in fact. But the RAV4 does not offer the same sort of liftgate system that the Ford gives you, nor does it come equipped with identical features to make packing and unpacking easier.


Finally, the 2016 Ford Escape is equipped with a range of powerful safety devices and systems meant to keep you and everyone else along for the drive safe and sound:

  • The 2016 Ford Escape – The Escape comes outfitted with a Personal Safety System (with dual-stage driver- and front-passenger airbags and knee and front-mounted side airbags;) as well as a Safety Canopy System, which provides another two side-curtain airbags in addition to a range of powerful driver assist programs. It also gives you a Tire Pressure Monitor System, which makes it possible to check on your tires’ pressure without even leaving your vehicle. Finally, the Escape’s AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control system helps maintain your stability when traveling at high speeds.
  • The 2016 Toyota RAV4 – The RAV4 also gives you some decent safety devices, including a Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist; a Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system; and a Star Safety System, which provides Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and Brake Assist. However, the RAV4 includes neither the Escape’s Personal Safety System, nor its Safety Canopy System, nor AdvanceTrac.

Test Drive the 2016 Ford Escape Today!

Best of all, drivers from Bradley and Peotone can test drive this powerful new Ford SUV simply by stopping by Terry’s Ford, which is located at 363 North Harlem in Peotone. In fact, you can even arrange a visit by giving one of our representatives a call at 888-832-3250. We can assure you that this is a car that’s got to be seen—and driven—to be believed, so visit our dealership pronto to test drive the all-new 2016 Ford Escape!