Jones Ford Verde Valley Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Toyota Rav4 Near Verde Valley, AZ

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 Toyota Rav4

Safety Comparison

The Escape Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Escape has standard SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Escape and the Rav4 Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid:

 

Escape

Rav4 Hybrid

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

243

279

Neck Stress

396 lbs.

505 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

233/311 lbs.

502/540 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

236 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid:

 

Escape

Rav4 Hybrid

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

110

168

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.6 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

381 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

357

427

Hip Force

707 lbs.

724 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Rav4 Hybrid isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 51 more horsepower (245 vs. 194) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 206) than the Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid:

 

Escape

Rav4 Hybrid

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.8 sec

14.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

22.7 sec

23.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.8 sec

8.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.7 sec

4.1 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.1 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.4 sec

Top Speed

116 MPH

114 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Escape has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Rav4 Hybrid (15.7 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escape’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4 Hybrid:

 

Escape

Escape EcoBoost

Rav4 Hybrid

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

The Escape stops shorter than the Rav4 Hybrid:

 

Escape

Rav4 Hybrid

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Rav4 Hybrid (235/55R17 vs. 225/65R17).

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 Hybrid XLE’s standard 65 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rav4 Hybrid Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Rav4 Hybrid’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Rav4 Hybrid’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Rav4 Hybrid (105.9 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Rav4 Hybrid Limited pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rav4 Hybrid XLE (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Rav4 Hybrid (7.8 vs. 7 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 400 pounds less than the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid.

The Escape is 3 inches shorter than the Rav4 Hybrid, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the Rav4 Hybrid Limited (69 vs. 71 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .1 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and 3.5 inches more rear hip room than the Rav4 Hybrid.

The front step up height for the Escape is 1.7 inches lower than the Rav4 Hybrid (16.8” vs. 18.5”). The Escape’s rear step up height is .3 inches lower than the Rav4 Hybrid’s (17.5” vs. 17.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape Titanium’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Escape Titanium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the Rav4 Hybrid have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escape is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rav4 Hybrid prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rav4 Hybrid’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Rav4 Hybrid’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Escape’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Rav4 Hybrid’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Escape Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Escape and the Rav4 Hybrid offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Rav4 Hybrid isn’t in the top three.

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