2015 Ford Escape vs Toyota Rav4

March 31st, 2017 by
2015 Ford Escape

The 2015 Ford Escape and the Toyota RAV4 are two of the most popular small crossover utility vehicles on the market. Drivers love their sporty performance and fuel-efficient engines. Inside, both models offer high-tech convenience features to keep occupants informed and entertained. If you’re having trouble deciding between the two, read our side-by-side comparison to see which of these SUVs are the best fit for you.

2015 Escape vs Toyota Rav4

Power and Performance

The 2015 Ford Escape is our pick for performance. Unlike competitors, the Escape offers three engine options. It also delivers the perfect combination of power and fuel economy. All but the entry-level S models are available with all-wheel drive. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 168 horses and 170 pound-feet of torque. With front-wheel drive, it delivers 22 city/31 highway mpg. Drivers can expect one to two miles less from all-wheel drive models. Escape SE and Titanium models are equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Its output is impressive – 178 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. On the road, front-wheel drive models get 23/32 mpg. SE and Titanium shoppers can choose the available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for maximum power. Its 240 horses and 270 pound-feet of torque ensure swift acceleration as drivers merge onto highways or pass other vehicles.

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 derives its power from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Its output is 176 horses and 172 pound-feet of torque. Shoppers can choose between front- and all-wheel drive. Most front-wheel drive models achieve 23/31 mpg. The front-wheel-drive Limited gets 23/30 mpg. All-wheel-drive RAV4 models max out at 22/29 mpg.

Passenger Protection and Safety

The 2015 Ford Escape puts safety first. A wide range of standard equipment, including airbags and antilock brakes, keeps passengers protected on the road. The standard rearview camera and blind-spot mirrors maximize rear visibility. Ford’s MyKey system lets owners set speed and stereo volume limits for secondary drivers. On the top-trim Titanium, shoppers can choose to add a wide range of high-tech safety systems. Blind-spot warning with cross-traffic alert keeps an eye on what drivers can’t see

The Toyota RAV4 also offers excellent standard safety equipment, including a rearview camera. Shoppers can add the Technology package to outfit the RAV4 with high-tech safety systems.

Convenience Features

The 2015 Ford Escape stands out in this category, thanks to a strong standard features lineup. Keyless entry means drivers don’t have to stand in the parking lot, rummaging around for keys. Sync voice activation technology lets drivers change infotainment settings without looking away from traffic. Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity lets users stream music or make hands-free calls. Higher trim models add more luxurious items. The available MyFord Touch infotainment system lets users interact with apps via an 8-inch touchscreen. The Leather Comfort package gives the Escape an upscale feel with leather upholstery and heated front seats.

The RAV4 is a close second in this category. Like the Escape, standard equipment includes Bluetooth and keyless entry. Users can interact with infotainment apps using the standard 6.1-inch touchscreen. The midlevel XLE comes with Entune smartphone integration and navigation, maximizing infotainment options. The top-trim Limited model offers premium synthetic leather upholstery for greater passenger comfort.

Driving Dynamics

The 2015 Ford Escape’s sharp reflexes and sporty ride make it our pick for driving dynamics. Drivers will love its responsive handling, especially around turns. On the road, all of its engines deliver a spirited performance.

In comparison, the 2015 Toyota RAV4 handles reasonably well. Most drivers will find that the RAV4’s powertrain is sufficient for their daily driving requirements. On the highway, passengers will find that the RAV4 offers a refined, comfortable trip.

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2015 Ford Escape

When it comes down to it, the 2015 Ford Escape has our vote. It comes out on top in every category. Its safety equipment maximizes passenger protection. Inside, occupants can expect a roomy cabin and a long list of modern convenience features. Shoppers can choose from a variety of powerful, fuel-efficient engines to create the Escape that suits their everyday lives.