In the class of compact crossovers, the Ford Escape and the Toyota RAV4 are two options that continue to make the best-sellers honor roll year after year—and we can see why. Both entries are sufficiently spacious for a family, offer cash-hoarding fuel economy numbers (especially with their optional hybrid powertrains), and deliver a satisfying experience from any seat.
But which chart-topping ute offers the best overall value for you new car investment? That’s the question we’re looking to answer in this comparison of the 2021 Ford Escape versus the 2021 Toyota RAV4.
2021 Ford Escape
2021 Toyota RAV4
|181 - 250 horsepower||Engine Output||203 horsepower|
|2 Gas, 1 Hybrid, 1 PHEV||Powertrain Options||1 Gas, 1 PHEV|
The comparison table confirms that the 2021 Ford Escape offers advantages beyond a lower starting price. The RAV4’s base 203-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine puts it at the top of the class for standard horsepower, but it’s really no match at all for the Escape’s available 250-horsepower EcoBoost® powerplant. Even the base 1.5-liter engine feels zippier and quieter than that of its Toyota counterpart.
All versions of the 2021 Ford Escape come built with an 8-inch center touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® integration, plus a Co-Pilot 360 bundle of driver assists that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, a blind-spot detection system, and automatic high-beam headlights.
Interested in learning more about the 2021 Ford Escape? Drivers in Atlanta and the surrounding area can meet with their local team of Ford experts and test drive the lineup when they visit the Akins Ford dealership in Winder, GA.