When it comes to the crossover SUV segment in the automotive market, the competition has been heating up steadily over the years.

Two of the top competitors in the compact SUV race are Ford and Toyota. More specifically, we're talking about the 2020 Ford Escape vs. Toyota RAV4.

If you're a Mount Pocono, Tobyhanna, Scranton, Pocono Pines, or Blakeslee resident, we hope you keep reading our Ford Escape vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison. You may just find the ideal crossover to take you from Point A to Point B and beyond.

Interior & Exterior: Escape vs RAV4

In terms of cabin dimensions, the 2020 Escape offers a much more comfortable driving (or riding) experience than the 2020 Toyota RAV4.

The Ford Escape interior gives front-row passengers  40 inches of headroom, 42.4 inches of legroom, and 55.2 inches of hip room, while back-row passengers will have 53.3 inches of hip room.

In the RAV4, front-row passengers will only have 37.7 inches of headroom, 41 inches of legroom, and 54.3 inches of hip room. Additionally, back-row passengers will be placed into tight horizontal confines with 47.7 inches of hip room.

In terms of exterior design, the Ford Escape looks almost completely different from its previous generations. We're talking a front upper grille painted silver with chrome bar inserts and chrome surround, LED signature lighting, and an attractively curved hood. It gives off a bold and sporty vibe, leagues ahead of anything else in its class.

In some ways, the Toyota RAV4's style is like that of the Ford Escape. However, its curves aren't as well-defined, and its front fascia doesn't turn nearly as many heads. This is an SUV that doesn't go for the gold.

Ford Escape vs RAV4 Engines & Performance

Ford lets you choose between two powerful engines: the standard 1.5L EcoBoost® and the 2.0L EcoBoost®. They're each powerful in their own ways, with the entry-level edition of the Escape delivering 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.

The more powerful 2.0L EcoBoost® engine amps up the driving experience. When you press down on the accelerator, you'll enjoy up to 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.

The 2020 RAV4 offers just one engine, and it's a 4-cylinder that makes 203 horsepower. It does the job if you're on city drives and light highway travels, but the 250-horsepower Escape engine outpaces the RAV4's lone offering in every way.

Both vehicles do offer hybrid powertrains. However, if you're sticking to gasoline, the choice is clear.

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Infotainment Technology & Connectivity

Another key aspect to consider when selecting the right model is the infotainment and in-cabin connectivity. Both SUVs are designed to keep you connected while on the open road, but it's the Ford Escape that really shines in this regard.

The interface hub for Ford would be the SYNC® 3 system, which provides quick accessibility on the touchscreen display and is accompanied by features like:

  • 10-speaker B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen®
  • FordPass Connect™
  • Voice-Activated Navigation System with pinch-to-zoom capability
  • SiriusXM™ Traffic with Travel Link®

Toyota leans on its Audio infotainment system, which provides a wealth of accommodations yet necessitates a lengthy learning curve before adjusting to its roundabout controls.

Ford Makes Your Life Easier

The 2020 Ford Escape offers a new feature that many drivers will come to appreciate. Ford has collaborated with Amazon to provide in-car delivery with Key by Amazon for those who are Prime members. If you choose to use this feature, you can have your online Amazon orders delivered securely to your vehicle, whether you're at home, at work, or even on vacation.

All you need to do is download the Key app, and link it together with the FordPass app. After you've done so, do your normal shopping on Amazon and choose in-car delivery as an option at checkout for eligible items.

You'll get up-to-date notifications on your Key app when your delivery is coming. The delivery driver will leave your package in the Escape and double-check the door handle to make sure it's locked.

Unfortunately, you won't find this kind of life-changing feature in the 2020 Toyota RAV4.

Escape vs RAV4 Drive Modes

Are you out on the road and feeling like you want to try something new? Now you can, because the 2020 Escape and 2020 RAV4 both offer selectable driving modes. These drive modes are meant to improve the driving experience and help handle difficult road surfaces.

The Toyota RAV4 offers three convenient driving modes. normal Mode finds the right balance between power and efficiency. Sport Mode speaks to those who love that sharper acceleration feel. ECO Mode moderates the throttle to save fuel.

The Ford Escape has all of those modes but adds on a few you won't find in the Toyota RAV4. Use Slippery Mode for hard surfaces covered with slippery material like ice, water, grass, or thin gravel. Otherwise, head into Deep Snow/Sand Mode, keeping your vehicle under control at low speeds when the snow gets deep or soft, dry sand is present.

Get Ready to Tow In Your Next SUV

When you want to get away for a weekend, it's nice to own a car that provides everything you need in the towing department.

The 2020 Ford Escape towing cpacity gives you. With the 2.0L engine, the maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds when you have the Class II Trailer Tow Package. This is similar to the capabilities of the 2020 RAV4, which can also tow up to 3,500 pounds.

However, if you're just searching for entry-level towing capability, the Escape 1.5L engine tows up to 2,000 pounds. The RAV4 entry-level engine maxes out at 1,500 pounds.

2020 Ford Escape vs Toyota RAV4: The Compact SUV Verdict

After reading this SUV comparison, we suspect that you might prefer the 2020 Ford Escape over the Toyota RAV4. That's understandable. Really, how couldn't you? Luckily, you can take a test drive at Ray Price Ford.

Just contact us today to schedule your exclusive Ford Escape test drive. If you live near Mount Pocono, Tobyhanna, Scranton, Pocono Pines, or Blakeslee, it's very easy to reach us. We recommend that you call us on the phone or stop by our showroom in person. What are you waiting for? Reach out to us!

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