In the market for a new SUV but overwhelmed with all the choices? Let us make it easier. We’re comparing two popular SUV models, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and the 2019 Ford Escape, at our Toyota dealership in Waite Park, MN to see which one comes out on top.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is “engineered for versatility,” and it shows when we look at the model details. When it comes to fuel-efficiency, the Toyota RAV4 comes out on top of the Ford Escape, with an impressive estimated 35 mpg highway, over the 29 mpg on the Ford Escape. The Toyota RAV4 still boasts impressive power too. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. 

The plethora of standard options on this new SUV model truly make it one of a kind. For instance, this vehicle comes standard with Adaptive Cruise Control that automatically keeps you a safe distance from the other vehicles while on the road.

The Toyota Safety Sense™ suite of safety features available on all of our new Toyota models can also be found on the 2019 Toyota RAV4. Lane Departure Warning is a standard feature, and the Blind Spot Monitoring System is also available. You can also opt for a dual zone climate control and power liftgate for optimal convenience when traveling. 


2019 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is also a five-passenger SUV, comparable to the Toyota RAV4. It has three engine options including the 1.5-liter four-cylinder, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and 2.5-liter four-cylinder. While the 2.5-liter engine option does produce more horsepower than the standrard Toyota RAV4 engine (245 hp vs 203 hp), it will cost you extra, and it doesn’t come close to matching the efficiency of the Toyota RAV4.

While the 2019 Ford Escape offers many similar safety features, includding lane keeping assist and automatic high beams, these are optional add-ons that cost extra, while they come standard on the 2019 Toyota RAV4. The IIHS named the 2019 Toyota RAV4 a Top Safety Pick, whereas the 2019 Ford Escape earned a score of Acceptable on the driver’s side small front overlap test and a Poor score on the passenger’s side test.

To us, the choice is clear. When it comes to safety and efficiency, there’s just no comparing to the value of the 2019 Toyota RAV4. Come out and see us at 412 Second Street South in Waite Park, MN to take a test drive. You’ll see why the 2019 Toyota RAV4 at St. Cloud Toyota is the perfect fit for you!