|2017 Toyota Rav4 LE||VS||2017 Ford Escape|
|176 hp / 172 lb-ft of torque||Standard Engine Output||168 hp / 170 lb-ft of torque|
|10.0||Fuel Economy (city)||11.1|
|7.8||Fuel Economy (hwy)||8.1|
|4,220 kg/year||CO2 Emissions||4,485 kg/year|
|680 kg (1,499 lbs)||Towing Capacity||680 kg (1,499 lbs)|
|2,080 l (73.4 cu.ft.)||Cargo Space||1,926 l (68 cu.ft.)|
The 2017 Rav4 LE is a strong contender in terms of exterior design. A sharp front and rear bumper design is complemented by a sporty stance. The body panels were honed to smooth out the airflow and the stabilizing fins and shark fin antenna reduce highway turbulence. The Escape was substantially refreshed for 2017, so those two a head to head.
Both vehicles fit five passengers, and are among the roomier crossovers in the compact category. Critics noted that Ford’s front seats were exceptionally good, although Toyota’s are comfortably firm with thinner padding, avoiding the couch-cushion effect.
Ford Escape with the voice-controlled SYNC infotainment system boasts one of the most high-tech cabins in the segment, but RAV4 offers more standard interior features, as well as plenty of available tech. Toyota’s 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system comes standard, as does a six-speaker sound system, and Bluetooth.
The Escape’s base engine isn’t known for its fuel economy. It consumes 11.1 L of fuel every 100 km in the city and 8.1 L on the highway. The RAV4 fares a bit better, at 10.0 L in the city and 7.8 L on the highway. The RAV4 was designed with the priority of family comfort over performance. It handles confidently and provides a smooth ride.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Escape received the top rating (Good) in every test aside from the small overlap front test, in which it received a score of Acceptable. The IIHS chose the RAV4 as a 2017 Top Safety Pick+. It bested the Escape and received a Good rating in all crash tests and a Superior for frontal crash protection.