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2019 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4

Head to Head Comparison Research

2019 Ford Escape vs 2019 Toyota RAV4 Head to Head Comparison Research

 When you’re shopping for your next compact SUV, look no farther than the 2019 Ford Escape from Joe Cotton Ford. It is one of the sportiest choices in the small SUV segment, it also has plenty of cargo space, can tow up to 3,500 lbs and has Enhanced Active Park Assist. But if you have just started shopping and doing your research we hope you will find this head to head comparison page helpful.


The new 2019 Ford Escape is where performance meets fun! This comfortable, stylish, and eco-conscious SUV is designed to take your daily driving experience to the next level.

  • Escape offers features not available on any RAV4 model - including a driver knee airbag, rain-sensing windshield wipers* and Enhanced Active Park Assist.
  • Escape offers three engine choices - two of which are EcoBoost engines that deliver more horsepower and torque than the only engine RAV4 offers.
  • Enhanced Active Park Assist - on Escape controls the steering of Escape from start to finish; conversely, the RAV4 system requires the driver to watch an in-vehicle screen to 
  • monitor parking progress while steering at the same time.

Let’s find out right now as we take a look at this 2019 Ford Escape versus 2019 Toyota RAV4 head-to-head model comparison.





2019 Ford Escape SE


2019 Toyota Rav 4 XLE

1.5L EcoBoost with Auto Start-Stop Technology Standard Engine                        2.5L I-4                           
2.0L EcoBoost with Auto Start-Stop Technology 2nd Engine Choice N/A
179 @ 6,000    |     245 @ 5,500 Horsepower [email protected]  176 @ 6,000
2.5L i-VCT I-4 with 168 horsepower 3rd Engine Choice N/A
177 @ 2,500    |    275 @ 3,000 Torque (lb.-ft @rpm) 172 @ 4,100
3500 lbs. Trailer Towing (max. lbs) 1500 lbs
6-speed SelectShift® automatic Transmission  6-speed automatic
$24,105 Starting MSRP $25,650




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2019 Ford Escape and 2019 Toyota RAV4 - Comparison Facts


Even though the RAV4 is all new for 2019, the Escape still offers key technologies that today's customers expect and some that customers may be surprised by.

  Toyota states that RAV4 has an impressive list of high-tech features, including:

  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Entune 3.0
  • Apple Carplay™
  • Smart Key with push-button start
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control 

Escape can match all of the RAV4 high-tech features,
PLUS, Escape offers features not available on any RAV4, including:

  • Enhanced Active Park Assist*(1)
  • SecuriCode invisible keypad*
  • Forward Sensing System
  • Easy Fuel capless fuel filler  



  • The 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engine available on Escape is more powerful than the RAV4's one. Escape also gives customers more engine choices to meet their specific performance needs.  Escape offers one ton more maximum towing capacity on more models — the equivalent of two Jet Skis or a snowmobile

   Toyota touts the 4-cylinder engine in RAV4 as offering:

  • 203 horsepower 
  • 184 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Max. towing capacity of 1500 lbs. on all but RAV4 Adventure model
  • Max. towing capacity of 3500 lbs. on Adventure model only

  • Escape offers three engine choices — two of which are EcoBoost engines — compared to just one choice with RAV4:
    • 1.5L EcoBoost I-4 with 179 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque
    • 2.0L EcoBoost I-4:
      • More horsepower — with 245 horsepower(2) or an additional 42 horsepower over RAV4
      • More torque — with 275 lb.-ft.(2) or an additional 91 lb.-ft. of torque over RAV4
    • 2.5L i-VCT I-4 with 168 horsepower 

PLUS, Escape, equipped with the 2.0L EcoBoost engine and Class II Trailer Tow Package, has 3500 lbs. of towing capacity or an additional 2000 lbs. of capacity over RAV4 LE, XLE, XLE Premium and LimitedOnly the RAV4 Adventure model has a 3500-lb. max. tow rating.





• 2019 NHTSA 5-Star Overall Crash Safety Rating 

• Available Intelligent 4WD System

• Up to 3,500 lbs. towing capacity3

• Electric power-assisted steering

• Electric parking brake

• Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor®

• Available FordPass Connect™ with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot powered by FordPass™ app

• Available SYNC® 36 technology with Apple CarPlay™ compatibility and Android Auto™ compatibility

• AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) and Curve Control

• Personal Safety System™ for driver and front passenger; includes dual-stage front airbags

• Driver’s knee airbag

• Front-seat side airbags

• Safety Canopy® side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor

• SOS Post-Crash Alert System™

• SecuriLock® Passive

Anti-Theft System

• Available Ford Safe and Smart™ Package includes BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with

Cross-Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control & Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support, Lane-

Keeping System, Auto High Beams, and rain-sensing windshield wipers

• Available Forward Sensing System

• Available Reverse Sensing System

• Integrated blind spot mirrors

• Rear View Camera with color guides

• Available hands-free foot-activated liftgate

• Available high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps

• Available leather-trimmed interior with heated front seats

• Available ActiveX™ Seating Material

• 60/40 split-fold rear bench with tip-fold-flat latch

• Tire Pressure Monitoring System



 Ford Escape S FWD


Overall Rating - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - ★ ★ ★ ★

Overall Side Crash Rating - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Side Barrier Rating - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Side Barrier Rating Driver - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Male/Female Dummy Note - Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Rollover Rating - ★ ★ ★ ★

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result - No Tip

Risk of Rollover - 19.10


Rollover Note - Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in

single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver

which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.


3 powerful 4-cylinder engines available.

Direct-injection turbocharged EcoBoost® in 1.5L or 2.0L

configurations, plus the naturally aspirated 2.5L iVCT.

Turbocharged engine not available on Rogue, RAV4.


Active Grille Shutters.

Can help improve vehicle

aerodynamics. Not available on Rogue, RAV4.


Invisible SecuriCode™ keyless entry keypad.

Enter a personal code to lock or unlock doors. Not

available on Rogue, RAV4.


Available 2-position load floor.

Height-adjustable versatility. Not available on Equinox, RAV4.


Available Enhanced Active Park Assist.1

Ultrasonic sensors lend a hand in parking, from parallel

to perpendicular; includes park out assist. Not available

on Equinox, Rogue, RAV4.

Available windshield wiper de-icer.

A heating element is built into the glass to help prevent snow

and ice buildup in the area where the wiper blades rest.

Not available on Equinox, Rogue.


Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler.

Fill-ups made simple, and helps avoid splash back and fuel theft.

Not available on Rogue, RAV4.




Programmable key can encourage safety

belt use, limit top speed, display an earlier low-fuel

warning, and keep audio volume down. Not available  

on Rogue, RAV4.







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