2017 Ford Escape v. 2017 Toyota RAV4

Those shopping around for a versatile SUV for you and your family are probably choosing between the 2017 Ford Escape and the 2017 Toyota RAV4 LE. These are two of the top SUV models on the market today, both sharing a ton of positive characteristics and helpful features. We know how difficult it is to pick between these two models, which is why we have done our homework on both of them. The goal of the staff here at Jack Powell Ford is to help you through each and every step of the car-buying process, especially the research phase. We are aware of how important this phase is when buying a new vehicle. Jack Powell Ford has pitted the 2017 Ford Escape against the 2017 Toyota RAV4 LE to determine which vehicle fits the needs of you and your family the best.



Behind the grille of the 2017 Ford Escape, you'll find a V6 3.5 liter engine that is larger than the 4-Cylinder 2.5 liter engine under the hood of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 LE. Both of these vehicles feature an automatic 6-speed transmission, but only the Escape brings you SelectShift. SelectShift gives you the option to choose between a fully automatic shifting or semi-automatic clutchless shifting transmission. When it comes to power, the 2017 Ford Escape holds the advantage over the 2017 Toyota RAV4 LE. While the Escape boasts 290 horsepower at 6,500 RPM, the RAV4 tops out at 176 horsepower at 6,000 RPM. The Escape brings you 255 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 RPM while the RAV4 brings you 172 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 RPM. While the maximum towing capacity of the 2017 Ford Escape is 3,500 lbs., the towing capacity for the RAV4 is a mere 1,500 lbs.



The engine of the Escape is also more versatile than that of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 LE, running on either ethanol or gasoline, while the RAV4 must run on strictly gas. The 2017 Ford Escape holds 18.6 gallons of fuel, while the RAV4 is filled to the brim at 15.9 gallons. Sit comfortably in the power driver's seat of the Escape, a feature that the RAV4 doesn't posses. The 2017 Ford Escape also has the upper hand when it comes to safety, earning a five star safety rating in the overall frontal crash test, while the RAV4 only earned a four star rating. This is most likely due to the fact that Escape has front and rear head curtain airbags along with front knee airbags, which the RAV4 does not have.

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