The Toyota RAV4 has a reputation for sportiness, but is it deserved? In this comparison guide, we'll put it up against the 2018 Ford Escape. We'll see who wins out in sportiness and interior design, along with which one will go the longest before needing repairs.
Acceleration and Handling: 2018 Ford Escape
The 2018 Ford Escape sits near the top of its class for acceleration, thanks to an aggressive 245-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-four engine. The Escape goes from zero to 60 in just 7.1 seconds. That's power you'll love having in the merging and passing lane. The Escape has two other engine options-a powerful 1.5-liter inline-four and relatively weak 168-horsepower 2.5-liter engine. The base engine is only available on the stripped down version of the Escape S trim, so it's easy to upgrade to a turbocharged engine. Handling is superb and makes you feel like a race track star.
On the other side, the Toyota RAV4 is a sluggish, by-the-numbers compact SUV. RAV4 sounds sporty, but it doesn't live up to its name. Even the fastest RAV4 is a full second slower in the zero-to-60 test. Steering is dull and lifeless, suspension is stiff, and driving dynamics in general leave much to be desired. If you want driving to feel like more than a rote chore, you're better off with the Escape.
Reliability: 2018 Ford Escape
But how long can these compact SUVs drive before needing repairs? A good indication is the score they receive from JD Power and Associates. This reliability rating is on a scale of 1 to 5, with 3 being an average car. The good news is that both the Escape and the RAV4 are above average, but they are not equal.
The 2018 Ford Escape earned a whopping score of 4.5 out of 5. That's an indication of quality and endurance that you can take to the bank. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 fared almost as well, with a score of 4 out of 5. That's well above average, but, of course, slightly below the Escape's score.
Interior: 2018 Ford Escape
If you spend a lot of time on the road or simply commute every day, life becomes a joy when your car interior is attractive and comfortable. That's another reason you'll love the 2018 Ford Escape. The Escape has one of the most upscale interiors among compact SUVs. The seats are wide and comfortable, the cabin noise is minimal, and the overall design is attractive and filled with quality materials. There's a fair amount of tech as well, and the whole cabin looks super modern.
By comparison, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 looks a little cheap. The materials used are average to substandard, including faux leather and cheap plastics. The emphasis it on use, not style, and the seats are narrower, especially in the back. On the plus side, it's a quiet cabin the boasts reliable, intuitive technology. Overall, we think you'll be happier inside an Escape.