2018 Ford Escape PerformanceDependable, versatile, and loaded with family-friendly features, it's obvious why small SUVS are some of the most popular vehicles you see traveling the roads of Lehigh Valley, East Stroudsburg, and Easton, PA. Year after year, two models continually find new ways to reach the top of their class: the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4.

At Ray Price Stroud Ford, our team is committed to providing customers around Stroudsburg and Nazareth with the best information on our full line of Ford models. To see how the Ford Escape stacks up against the competition, we placed the Escape and RAV4 into a head-to-head comparison to determine which is the better overall choice. Continue reading to see which SUV comes out on top!

Learn more about the 2018 Ford Escape in our vehicle review.

Ford Escape vs Toyota RAV4 Performance and Capability

2018 Ford Escape Towing CapacityDesigned to take on the long and open road, the Escape offers drivers the choice between four distinct trim levels to fit your unique driving style. 

  • The standard S trim comes equipped with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that delivers 168 horsepower. 
  • It's possible to upgrade, however, to a 1.5L EcoBoost® or an impressive 2.0L EcoBoost® engine that packs 245 horsepower with 275 lb-ft of torque.
  • Effortlessly managed via a 6-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with Sport Mode, the Escape offers additional features, such as: available all-wheel drive and AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, which provides greater confidence when navigating slippery back roads. 
  • When fully equipped, the Ford Escape delivers a max towing capacity up to 3,500 pounds.

Meanwhile, the Toyota RAV4 offers its own 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 176 horsepower, controlled through a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. A front-wheel drivetrain is standard across its two trim levels that includes Electric Power Steering for sharper handling. When full equipped, the RAV4 delivers up to 1,500 pounds of max towing.

Escape vs RAV4 Interior Design and Tech

Whether you're carpooling the kids between after-school activities or loading up for a week down the shore, both models offer creative storage options designed to fit your entire life. Step inside, and you'll notice how light and airy both cabins feel, offering comfortable seating for up to five passengers.

Storage and Multimedia Features

2018 Ford Escape Technology FeaturesThe Escape provides multiple storage bins, including a large center console to secure your most important items while its 60/40 split-fold rear seatback makes loading and unloading large items a breeze. Perfect for hauling a new TV across town or gearing up for the big Sunday tailgate.

Standard features like dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control provides the perfect comfort level from wherever you're seated. The Escape also remains on the cutting edge by offering a full suite of innovative tech, including:

  • SYNC® 3 Voice Recognition Communication and Entertainment System
  • Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation with SiriusXM®
  • Rearview Camera
  • Steering wheel with cruise and audio controls

There are also available features like a Panoramic Vista Roof®, which floods sunlight throughout the interior.

Likewise, the Toyota RAV4 provides its line of modern features to help take the edge off your commute, including: Entune™ Audio with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, remote keyless entry, backup camera, and multiple power points throughout the cabin.

Which SUV Takes the Top Spot?

While this comparison shows that both small SUVS provide an array of outstanding performance specs and features, the Ford Escape is the clear winner in each category.

For drivers near Lehigh Valley, East Stroudsburg, and Easton interested in taking a closer look, stop by Ray Price Stroud Ford or go online to schedule a test drive today! We're dedicated to helping our customers from Stroudsburg, Nazareth, and beyond find their dream car.

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