If you're looking for a versatile, midsize SUV that can handle your daily commutes and family camping trips, this 2018 Ford Escape vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4 comparison is for you. This article will compare the engine specs of both models, and also look at infotainment features, as well as cabin space.

If you're around Newtown, Langhorne, or Southampton, this comparison will help you select the right car for your lifestyle. And, if you have any questions, you can always contact our friendly team at Fred Beans Ford of Newtown.

2018 Ford Escape

2018 Toyota RAV4

Maximum Horsepower



Automatic Start/Stop Engine


Not Available

Front Legroom

43.1 inches

42.6 inches

Maximum Towing Capacity   

3,500 pounds

3,500 pounds

Maximum lb-ft of Torque
















Ford Escape vs Toyota RAV4: Engine Specs

The 2018 Ford Escape has three available engine options to choose from, with the most powerful engine being the 2.0L EcoBoost® I-4. This engine produces 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. To help increase efficiency, it also comes with Auto Start-Stop Technology, which reduces the amount of time your engine idles, leading to decreased emissions.

Other notable performance features in the Escape include an available towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds, and optional Intelligent 4-Wheel Drive.

The Toyota RAV4 also has 3,500 pounds of towing capacity. However, you'll only get to choose between two available engine options, with the most powerful being a 2.5L 4-cylinder that produces only 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque.

Ford Escape vs Toyota RAV4: Cabin Space & Versatility

The 2018 Ford Escape has a spacious cabin that helps seat five passengers comfortably. You'll enjoy 43.1 inches of legroom in the front seats, and 37.3 inches of legroom in the rear seats. Altogether, you'll have 98.7 cubic feet of passenger volume.

Plus, with up to 68 cubic feet of cargo space, you'll want to keep items concealed. To help do this, the Escape offers a rear interior cargo cover. Along with this feature, four cargo tie-down hooks come standard with every trim.

The Toyota RAV4 also places an emphasis on comfort. However, the cabin is slightly smaller for passengers, with 42.6 inches of front legroom, and 37.2 inches of rear legroom. Also, the RAV4 doesn't feature standard tie-down hooks.

Infotainment Technology

To help keep you entertained, the Ford Escape has implemented some attractive technology features such as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. With these systems, your smartphone links with your Escape, allowing you to access music, navigation, or apps on the touchscreen display.

With the FordPass™ smartphone app, you can utilize helpful tools like finding gas stations and comparing prices, or even locating, paying for, and reserving parking spots in advance. Finally, with SYNC® Connect, your car serves as a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing you to connect up to 10 devices.

The RAV4 has an Entune™ Audio Plus system featuring an App Suite, which will also give you the ability to utilize apps and music from the touchscreen display on the dashboard. On the other hand, you won't find a feature in the RAV4 comparable to the advanced FordPass™ smartphone app.

2018 Ford Escape vs 2018 Toyota RAV4: Conclusion

When comparing these two versatile models, the 2018 Ford Escape proves to be a more desirable option for drivers around Newtown, Langhorne, and Southampton, thanks to an impressive performance and an advanced infotainment system.

Contact Fred Beans Ford of Newtown to test drive the Ford Escape today! 

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