2017 Ford Escape vs. 2017 Toyota RAV4

Many drivers in the Wayne, Patterson, Clifton and Montclair areas prefer the space, luxury and power of an SUV. The higher viewing position and physically larger presence on the road bring peace of mind to many drivers. The SUV market contains plenty of variety as well, though this can make choosing one difficult. 

Here is a comparison of two of the most popular and most well designed SUVs available - the 2017 Ford Escape and the 2017 Toyota RAV4. Learn more about how the Ford Escape and the Toyota RAV4 are dominators on the SUV market, and discover which one would be better for you.

Functionality

Many people buy SUVs for their power. They need a vehicle to haul cargo, whether it's in the SUV itself or attached in a carrier behind. The Ford Escape has a clear advantage when it comes to towing, making it the ideal choice for anyone expecting to carry heavy loads.

The tow ratings for the Escape are among the best in its class. If you really need to push your SUV to the limit, the Escape's EcoBoost engine can facilitate up to 3500 pounds in towing. The RAV4, on the other hand, maxes out at 1500 pounds. That's less than half of the towing capabilities of the Ford Escape.

Safety

SUVs are infamous for their rollover rates. Their top-heavy design makes it much easier to rollover if a turn is taken too hard. Both of these tremendous vehicles received a four-star rollover rating, but the Escape still has an advantage. Unlike the RAV4, the Escape features front and rear head curtain airbags to give you extra protection in case of a rollover.

The Escape also excelled during frontal crash tests, earning a perfect five-star rating. The RAV4 earned four stars in that same test. Overall, the Escape and the RAV4 have a five-star crash test rating, but when you look at the details, the Escape edges out victory in terms of safety.

Technology

New gadgets are some of the most popular features in new cars, and both of these vehicles have plenty. They include driver assistance systems such as lane assist, park assist, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning systems. 

In terms of infotainment systems, however, few on the market can beat Ford's SYNC 3 system. With its voice recognition system, user-friendly design and high-speed performance, the SYNC 3 system has earned its place at the top. Many other systems may be able to match the features listed above, but they cannot compare to SYNC Connect, which allows you to remotely access features of the Escape from your smartphone.

Test Drive the 2017 Ford Escape

Overall, the 2017 Ford Escape is the best SUV to drive around the Wayne, Patterson, Clifton and Montclair areas. With its impressive safety and towing capabilities as well as its fun technological features, the Ford Escape stands out as one of the best SUVs on the market.

Visit Wayne Ford to test drive one yourself and experience the numerous features it has to offer you. Our skilled team is ready to help you with everything you need to find the right vehicle. Come to Wayne Ford or call (888) 349-6857 to schedule your test drive today!

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