2017 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2017 Ford Escape for Mobile, Daphne, and Pascagoula

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape

When shopping for a compact SUV, you’re more than likely considering the 2017 Toyota RAV4 and the 2017 Ford Escape. To make the decision-making process easier, Palmer’s Toyota Superstore are putting these two models to the test. In a detailed comparison, we are taking a look at the RAV4 LE base trim and the Escape S base trim (unless otherwise noted) to see how each stacks up. Then stop by Palmer’s Toyota Superstore in Mobile, AL, to put the RAV4 to the test!

Fuel Economy

When shopping for a compact SUV, fuel economy numbers are more than likely a major deciding factor. For those who need more in their tank, the RAV4 has an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The For Escape S, in comparison, has an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Powerful Performance

The Toyota RAV4 has a 2.5L Dual VVT-i engine, which generates 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5L VVT-i engine option ups the ante to 194 hp. Essentially, you should expect this to be a vigorous ride. In the Ford Escape, you will find a 2.5L engine with 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque—close but not quite powerful enough when pitted against the standard RAV4 engine.

Cargo and Capacity

When it comes to space, the Toyota RAV4 has a total cargo volume of 73.4 cubic feet. If you keep the second row up for your passengers, then you still have 38.4 cubic feet of space to use. The Ford Escape has a total of 68 cubic feet of space for cargo, and 34 cubic feet of space behind the second row. You can count on both of these compact SUV’s to seat five passengers, but those sitting in the front row of the RAV4 will notice that there is more shoulder room than the Escape: 57.3 inches of room in the RAV4 instead of 55.9 inches in the Escape.


Toyota has made a game-changing move for safety by making optional features standard on the LE trim. Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) is standard, which means it includes Pedestrian Detection, a Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, Steering Assistance for lane departing, a Pre-Collision System, and Dynamic Cruise Control. By comparison, the Ford Escape S lacks these cutting-edge safety features.

Put the 2017 RAV4 to the Test at Palmer’s Toyota Superstore!

Test drive the 2017 Toyota RAV4, and see why it is trusted by Mobile, Daphne, and Pascagoula drivers. Come see us at Palmer’s Toyota Superstore for more details, or contact us online to book your test drive or to make an inquiry.