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The 2016 Ford Escape vs. the 2016 Toyota RAV4

Ford escape suv driving next to a new Toyota RAV4 on Kellogg Ave in Wichita

When you get behind the wheel of a new crossover SUV, don't you want to be in the one that's been called the "most exciting crossover SUV to drive?" If you do, then you want the 2016 Ford Escape! According to The Car Connection, the 2016 Ford Escape feels like "a higher-quality vehicle" than the 2016 Toyota RAV4, calling it "more stylish" and noting that it "drives and handles with a sportier and more pleasurable feel."

But you don't have to take their word for it. Put the two side-by-side and you can see the difference for yourself. While the 2016 Toyota RAV4 may have a slight lead on the Ford Escape when it comes to gas mileage, to get the best fuel economy you have to upgrade to a pricier hybrid model. Meanwhile the 2016 Ford Escape with Intelligent 4WD can tow more than double the weight of the 2016 Toyota RAV4, and boasts a truly hands-free liftgate. Advantage: Ford Escape

Vehicle Power and Handling

When it comes to power, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 may as well not even be in the same class. Sure, the standard horsepower may be comparable, but the 2016 Ford Escape's range of engine options and turbocharged power give it more torque and better performance, not to mention sportier handling. That's why the 2016 Ford Escape can tow up to 3,500lbs, while the 2016 Toyota RAV 4 can only haul 1,500.

The Ford Escape's available Intelligent 4WD monitors traction and cornering conditions every 16 milliseconds, and automatically distributes torque to where it's needed in order to help you stay on the road in bad weather or rough terrain. Power is one thing in a crossover SUV, but chances are you also want decent fuel economy. Fortunately, the 2016 Ford Escape has you covered there, too, with a 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine that boasts an EPA-estimated 32 highway miles-per-gallon, while even the 2.0 liter EcoBoost I-4 can manage 30 miles-per-gallon highway while putting out 240 horsepower. Advantage: Ford Escape.

Vehicle Design and Features

Besides offering superior performance and sportier handling, the 2016 Ford Escape is also a cut above when it comes to features and amenities. Available features include a truly hands-free liftgate that you can activate by kicking your foot near the back bumper when your keys are nearby, voice-activated SYNC 3 technology for hands-free calling, music, and control, Intelligent 4WD, active park assist, Panoramic Vista Roof, leather interiors and even chrome accents in the SE Chrome Package, to name just a few. Plus, all the cargo space that you've come to expect from a crossover SUV—67.8 cubic feet of it, in fact!

When it comes to luxury, style, and available features, the 2016 Ford Escape is a class above the 2016 Toyota RAV4. Advantage: Ford Escape.

Our Conclusions: The Ford Escape is the Better SUV

If you want a sporty crossover SUV with power and style to spare, plenty of cargo space and towing capacity, and one that still won't break the bank at the gas station, then you want the 2016 Ford Escape! Ford's available EcoBoost engine technology produces a cooler, denser fuel-injection that allows every drop of fuel to generate more power, meaning that you get more bang for your buck. That's why EcoBoost engines can generate more horsepower and torque without losing fuel economy. Take the 2016 Ford Escape's 2.0 liter EcoBoost I-4 engine, which cranks out 240 horsepower while still getting an EPA-estimated 30 highway miles-per-gallon.

That's also why the Ford Escape can tow up to 3,500 lbs. when properly equipped, versus only 1,500 lbs. from the 2016 Toyota RAV4. And that's not even getting into the 2016 Ford Escape's sporty handling, substantial cargo space, and range of available features, including Intelligent 4WD, SYNC 3 technology, Panoramic Vista Roof, active park assist, a truly hands-free liftgate, leather interiors, and chrome accents.

With three engine options available, allowing you to maximize horsepower and torque or fuel economy, there's a 2016 Ford Escape that's perfect for your lifestyle, whether you're planning to haul a trailer, go off road, or just take the kids to soccer practice after work. And whatever you do in your new 2016 Ford Escape, you'll be doing it in one of the classiest, most luxurious, most exciting crossover SUVs around!

Already convinced? We've got a wide range of new Ford Escape options available on our lot at Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita today! Still have questions, want to take a test drive, or just want to learn more about new Ford cars and trucks available from your Wichita, KS Ford dealerships? Our friendly team can help you with that, too!