Ford’s fully redesigned 2020 Escape is fun to drive and is what shoppers are looking for in an SUV. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 is a contender to compare. Let’s compare the two to see which vehicle meets your needs. Come to Brighton Ford and they will take care of you.
Escape’s sporty new redesigned 2020 SUV offers buyers roomy interior and cargo space – even tall adults can ride comfortably in the back seat. With seating for five, this stylish new compact SUV is easy to drive and packed with the latest features. The sliding second-row seats open up to an enormous 40.7 inches of legroom. It gives you 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and when they are folded, the maximum cargo space yields 65.4 cubic feet. For a two-row crossover, that’s a useful amount of room and makes it easier to get in and out of the vehicle. The Escape comes in four trims: S, SE, SEL and the Titanium.
The Toyota RAV4 seats five on its cloth upholstery. Taller passengers may wish for a little more headroom, and front passengers could benefit with more seat adjustments for support on longer trips. It offers quality cabin materials, a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, and a four-way manually adjustable passenger seat. The RAV4 gets 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 69.8 cubic feet with its back seats folded down. It comes in six trims: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, Limited and a new TRD Off-Road model.
The Escape handles well for a compact SUV. It offers three different powertrain options ranging from sporty performance to a new efficient hybrid, with improved power and acceleration to move your vehicle well. Its sporty performance and handling make it drive more like a smaller car. The 180-horsepower three-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged engine and 250-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine provide plenty of power for everyday driving. It earns respectable ratings of 27/33 mpg in the city and on the highway. When properly equipped, the Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Not bad for a compact SUV.
The Toyota RAV4 comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 203 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque. This comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This transmission delivers smooth and timely shifts, but the engine lacks enough torque to get you going quickly and can be loud under heavy throttle. Its base engine provides the RAV4 with the ability to tow 1,500 lbs. Its estimated fuel economy is 28/35 mpg in the city and on the highway.
Ford Escape’s popular safety features include, Evasive Steering Assist, Lane Keeping System, and Blind-Spot Information System (BLIS) to help give you the security you need on our roads. Other safety features include a rearview camera and automatic emergency braking. All this is bundled into the Ford Co-pilot360. The new Escape comes standard with user friendly 8-inch freestanding touchscreen, navigation, android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a SYNC system with an option for a SYNC 3 infotainment system. Starting price for this compact SUV is $24,885 for the S and ranges to $33,400 for the Titanium.
Standard safety features on all RAV4 models feature a rearview camera and Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 bundle of technologies. Included in this bundle are pre-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning. A 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Amazon Alexa integration, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth and voice recognition are also standard. Pricing for the RAV4 starts at $25,850 for the RAV4 LE and ranges to $35,180 for the RAV4 TRD Off-Road.
The 2020 Ford Escape offers much of what you are looking for in a SUV, with added comfort, solid fuel economy ratings, power, and a good price. The comparisons come down to comfort and the power you need in an SUV that makes Ford the desirable choice.