2015 Toyota RAV4 vs. Ford Escape Near Rockford, IL

The field of compact crossover vehicles is both crowded and competitive, which can make deciding on the best fit for your lifestyle difficult. Whether you’re looking for a crossover with lots of space for both passengers and cargo, comprehensive safety technologies to keep you protected, or a powerful yet efficient engine, the versatile and adventurous 2015 Toyota RAV4 for sale near Rockford, IL, will more than meet your needs. In terms of style, safety, and potential, the RAV4 will also come out on top when compared to similar vehicles in its class like the Ford Escape.

One look at these vehicles side-by-side, and it’s clear which one is more dynamic and eye-catching. The Toyota RAV4’s flowing, sculpted exterior commands attention whether it’s on the road or gearing up for adventure, featuring an aerodynamic silhouette that the bulky Ford Escape can’t compete with. The RAV4’s sleek and striking outside mirrors and taillights even contribute to its efficiency, incorporating airflow-directing Vortex Generators to enhance the vehicle’s stability.

Both the Toyota RAV4 and the Ford Escape offer seating for five on the inside, but the difference between the two vehicles is in overall spaciousness and comfort. The RAV4 offers more room and more fun with 38.4 cubic-ft. of cargo volume1 versus the Escape’s 34.3 cubic-ft. There’s also more space to stretch out in the RAV4’s rear seat, providing 37.2 cubic-ft. of legroom over the Escape’s 36.8 cubic-ft. To go along with the increased capacity, the RAV4 features climate control with a cabin air filter, a remote keyless entry system, a power sun/moonroof, and a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat.

When it comes to potential under the hood, the Toyota RAV4 has the edge over the Ford Escape. The RAV4’s 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is not only bigger than the Escape’s 1.6-liter I-4, it’s also more powerful. With the RAV4, you’ll zoom through your daily commute or quick errands with 176 horsepower at 6000 rpm, while the Escape manages 173 horsepower at 5700 rpm. Despite the larger engine, the RAV4 proves bigger can be better with identical fuel efficiency to the Escape: an impressive 22/29 city/hwy MPG2. The RAV4’s 15.9-gallon fuel tank can even take you farther than the Escape can, boasting a cruising range of 400 miles over the Escape’s 375.

In terms of safety, both the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape provide excellent protection through all driving situations and in any conditions. Each come standard with 4-Wheel Antilock Brakes, Electronic Traction Control, Anti-Theft Protection, a rear back-up camera3, and an intelligent airbag system4. However, the RAV4 comes out on top thanks to its Star Safety System™, which combines six smart safety technologies to enhance and ensure your protection at every turn.

Compact crossover vehicles have a lot to offer. The Ford Escape has plenty of features and capabilities, but the Toyota RAV4 takes crossover driving to the next level. Whether you’re looking for versatility, performance, or an adventurous spirit in your next vehicle, you’ll find it all in a 2015 Toyota RAV4 at Anderson Toyota. Visit us today for a test drive in the all-new, and all-encompassing RAV4!

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1 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

2 2015 EPA-estimated city/highway mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

3 The backup camera does not provide a comprehensive view of the rear area of the vehicle. You should also look around outside your vehicle and use your mirrors to confirm rearward clearance. Cold weather will limit effectiveness and view may become cloudy.

4 All the airbag (AB) systems are Supplemental Restraint Systems. All ABs (if installed) are designed to inflate only under certain conditions and in certain types of severe collisions: frontal and knee ABs typically inflate in frontal collisions; side and side curtain ABs in side collisions; Roll-Sensing Curtain ABs at a severe tilt degree, roll or lateral G-force. In all other accidents, the ABs will not inflate. To decrease the risk of injury from an inflating AB, always wear seatbelts, sit upright in the middle of the seat as far back as possible and do not lean against the door. Do not put objects in front of an AB or around the seatback. Do not use a rearward-facing child seat in any front passenger seat. The force of an inflating AB may cause serious injury or death. See your Owner's Manual for further information/warnings.