Toyota RAV4 vs the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V

People purchase SUVs for a variety of reasons, but more often, it is because they have more responsibilities than the average sedan might be able to accommodate, such as taking the kids to school or making grocery store runs. No matter what your needs are, we here at Toyota of Batavia have just the right SUV to meet them: the Toyota RAV4. This mid-sized crossover enjoys a reputation of popularity thanks to its long-term reliability, fuel efficiency, interior space, and safety. 

The Toyota RAV4 vs the Ford Escape

We begin our comparisons with one of the most well-known mid-sized SUVs of the Ford lineup: the Ford Escape. While Ford models are known for their powertrain and durability, as befitting a utilitarian company, they often fall short in terms of family-friendly features and lack important safety components and other conveniences. 

Nevertheless, both of these mid-sized SUVs feature a robust inline four-cylinder (I4) engine as well as front-wheel drive.


  • However, the Toyota RAV4 comes available with All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control for increased traction. This feature is available in all trim levels of the Toyota RAV4, though it is unavailable in the base trim of the Ford Escape. The Ford Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system must be added with a higher trim level and an extra fee.
  • When you first step into the Toyota RAV4, you will find a more spacious interior, overall, than that of the Ford Escape. The Toyota RAV4 features almost 102 cubic feet of passenger volume, providing lots of head and leg room for your passengers in the backseats as well as you and your co-pilot up front. The Ford Escape contains about 98 cubic feet of passenger volume, which is a noticeable difference in space to many who are used to having lots of head and leg room.
  • In addition to its interior passenger volume, the Toyota RAV4 has a great deal of cargo space to offer for groceries, supplies, furniture and the like, with up to 38 cubic feet behind the second row alone! The Ford Escape contains about 34 cubic feet of cargo volume, with more cargo space available when the rear seats are folded in.
  • When it comes to safety, the Toyota RAV4 is one of many new Toyota models which feature Toyota Safety Sense™ (TSS-P™), which provides a host of high-tech driver-assist features to give you a better view of your surroundings and help you on the journey ahead. The features of TSS-P™ include Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/ PD), Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beams (AHB). These features, and their Ford equivalents, are unavailable on base trim levels of the Ford Escape and must be upgraded.
  • Finally, while both of these SUVs are quite comparable where fuel efficiency numbers are concerned, the fuel economy of the Toyota RAV4 is aided by the fact that it is the more lightweight SUV overall, weighting in at 3,455 pounds on its own. The Ford Escape weighs in at 3,576 and its gross vehicle weight ratio (GVWR) is unlisted.

The Toyota RAV4 vs the Honda CR-V

Next up, we come to the Honda CR-V, which one could argue is the "flag ship" of the Honda SUV lineup as it is the most iconic. Honda cars are known for their dependability and reliability, so they are quite comparable to the Toyota brand in a variety of important ways. 

However, once again, there are a great deal of flaws in the Honda CR-V which cause it to fall short of the Toyota RAV4, such as its efficiency, technology, and overall convenience.

 
  • Let us begin at fuel efficiency, which is something both of these brands are known for providing. While both mid-sized SUVs can travel a decent number of miles per gallon, the Toyota RAV4 can travel considerably further before requiring a stop at the fuel pump, with a cruising range of 416 miles. The Honda CR-V can travel up to 392 miles before requiring refueling, which can be a noticeable difference when traveling longer distances. The Toyota RAV4 also has a much higher fuel capacity of almost 16 gallons, whereas, the Honda CR-V can retain about 14 gallons of fuel.
  • Aiding in the fuel efficiency of the Toyota RAV4 is its gross vehicle weight ratio, or GVWR, which is a rough estimate of how much the SUUV will weigh when it is at full capacity of passengers and cargo. The GVWR of the Honda CR-V is almost 4,700 pounds, whereas the Toyota RAV4 weighs in at a GVWR of 4,525. The more lightweight of the two SUVs will typically be the more fuel efficient.
  • As with the Ford Escape, the Honda CR-V does come available with several high-tech driver-assistive features, courtesy of the Honda Sensing® driver-assist system. These features are highly comparable to the Toyota Safety Sense™ system, however, they are unavailable on the base trim level of the Honda CR-V and must be upgraded with the purchase of a higher trim level.
  • The Toyota RAV4 has a much lower turning radius and can clear corners up to 34.8 inches wide, making it a more efficient at turning sharper corners. The turning radius of the Honda CR-V is about 37 inches, which can make a noticeable difference when driving through cities.
  • Finally, for a little extra convenience, all trim levels of the Toyota RAV4 come standard and available with such convenience features as an MP3 player, a CD player, seatback storage, privacy glass, voice-activated sound controls, and a six-speaker sound system. The base sound system for the Honda CR-V contains four speakers, with all of this additional equipment available on other trim levels for an extra fee.


The Toyota RAV4 is not simply just a car, it could become a welcome addition to your growing family with all that it can do for you. However, it is one thing to say your mid-size SUV is the best, but it is quite another thing to prove it with more than mere words. That is why we here at Toyota of Batavia went ahead and compiled some research on how the new Toyota RAV4 stacks up against a couple of other well-known mid-sized SUVs of its class: the Honda CR-V and the Ford Escape. 

These two models, while their sizes, engines, and starting prices are quite comparable to the Toyota RAV4, they fall short in a variety of important aspects that an SUV should not lack. Let us see how each of these worthy challengers fare against the Toyota RAV4 so you can decide if this new Toyota SUV is right for you and your family's needs. Our dealership is located right here in Batavia, New York at 3899 West Main Street.

Come on Down to Toyota of Batavia to Learn More!

As you can see, there is a lot more excellence that the Toyota RAV4 can provide for you in important ways that its top competitors cannot match. If the Toyota RAV4 sounds like your style, then check one out today and test drive this all-new mid-sized SUV here at Toyota of Batavia! If you would like more information on the Toyota RAV4 or any of the other services our dealership offers, then feel free to contact us here online and one of our knowledgeable sales professionals will answer your inquiries in a timely manner. See you soon!

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