Toyota RAV4 vs Ford Escape

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape

Have you been searching for the perfect new crossover to fit your personal or family driving needs? Then it’s time to take a closer look at both the 2017 Toyota RAV4 and 2017 Ford Escape. These are two popular crossovers with plenty to offer to Shelby and Mt. Holly drivers, both in the way of all-wheel drive performance and seating for up to five. In a number of additional areas, however, a close inspection shows the Toyota RAV4 has a clear edge over the Ford Escape. Take a look at this comparison guide before making your way to Toyota of Gastonia to check out the new RAV4.

Passenger and Cargo Space

Most crossover SUV shoppers are looking for a vehicle that can accommodate their family, friends, and a hefty amount of personal belongings. While both of these vehicles have seating for up to five, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 comes out ahead of the 2017 Ford Escape in each of the aforementioned categories:

  • Toyota RAV4 – The total interior volume of the Toyota RAV4 measures in at a spacious 140.3 cubic feet. On top of that, you’ll have a roomy 38.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and a max cargo volume of 73.4 cubic feet.
  • Ford Escape – The interior volume of the Ford Escape is only 132.7 cubic feet in total, and there’s only 34.0 cubic feet of cargo space dedicated in back. When you fold down the rear seats of the Escape, the max cargo volume measures just 68.0 cubic feet.

Standard Features

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 and the 2017 Ford Escape both come with a variety of advanced standard features, including Bluetooth®, a rearview camera, cruise control, power windows, and power door locks. Both vehicles also sit comfortably atop standard 17-inch wheels. The Toyota RAV4 stands apart from the Ford Escape, though, because even the base LE trim comes standard with several additional features like a 6.1-inch Entune™ touchscreen interface and remote keyless entry.


Both of these crossovers provide safety equipment like front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, stability control, traction control, and a rearview camera. However, only the 2017 Toyota RAV4 also delivers forward collision warning, forward collision mitigation, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams in its standard safety package.

Get Behind the Wheel of the 2017 Toyota RAV4

Are you ready to take the next step? At Toyota of Gastonia, we have a variety of financing and lease offers available for the 2017 Toyota RAV4, as well as a team of friendly and qualified experts to help you make the right decision for your budget and lifestyle. We also offer upfront pricing on all models, as well as a lifetime powertrain warranty and a 3-day/300-mile exchange program. If you’re ready to take the RAV4 for a test drive, then stop in and see us at 4821 Wilkinson Boulevard in Gastonia, NC, or contact us for more information.