Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Toyota RAV4 vs. the Ford Escape

Toyota just re-designed the RAV4 for 2013 and it has many great features. There are some big differences between the Rav4 and the Ford Escape. Here are some major differences. Also, check out the video so you can see the interior and exterior of this sleek design first hand.

Warranty: Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 for 2 years and 25,000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Ford doesn't pay schedule maintenance for the Escape.

Reliability: J.D. Power and Associates' 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 27th, below the industry average. J.D. Power and Associates' 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota third in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 8th.

Engine: The Rav4's 4 cylinder produces 8 more horsepower and 2 pounds more torque than the Escape's.

Fuel Economy: On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 FWD (24 city, 31 hwy.) gets better fuel mileage than the Escape FWD 2.5 (22 city, 31 hwy). To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Rav4 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Escape with the 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling: For better maneuverability, the Rav4 LE/XLE's turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the Escape's. The Rav4 Limited's turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Escape's.

Passenger Space: The Rav4 has 3.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escape. It also has 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Escape.

Cargo Capacity: The Rav4 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Escape (38.4 vs. 34.3 cubic feet). The Rav4 has a much larger cargo with its rear seat folded than the Escape with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 67.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics: The Rav4 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Escape doesn't offer a locking fuel door.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Rav4, connecting the driver and passenger's cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle's stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Escape.


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