Compare Ford Escape vs. Toyota RAV4

Compare the Ford Escape against the Toyota RAV4. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Escape stacks up against the RAV4 in terms of performance, features, safety, prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Escape or RAV4. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2013 Ford Escape 2012 Toyota RAV4
2013 Ford Escape 2012 Toyota RAV4
FWD 4dr S
  • FWD 4dr S
  • FWD 4dr SE
  • 4WD 4dr SE
  • FWD 4dr SEL
  • 4WD 4dr SEL
  • FWD 4dr Titanium
  • 4WD 4dr Titanium
FWD 4dr I4 (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr I4 (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr I4 (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr I4 Sport (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr I4 Limited (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr I4 Sport (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr I4 Limited (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)


MSRP $22,470 $22,650  
Invoice $21,178 $21,178
Avg. Paid $15,809 $18,635

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.8 8.7  
Critics' Rating 8.0 9.0
Performance 8.0 8.1
Interior 7.2 7.4
Cost to Own 9.0 9.2
Safety 8.5 8.9
Reliability 3.0 4.5

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Great reliability score
  • Ample cargo space
  • Lively available V6 engine
  • Available third row
  • Confusing infotainment system
  • Low reliability rating
  • Mediocre interior quality
  • Awkward cargo door

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.5L/152 Gas I4 2.5L/152
MPG 22 City / 31 Hwy 22 City / 28 Hwy



Body Style Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door  


Wheelbase(in) 105.900 104.7  
Length, Overall (in) 178.100 181.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.400 71.5
Height, Overall (in) 66.300 66.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Privacy Glass Optional
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional  
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3598 3360  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard  
Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Optional
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional  
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Luggage Rack Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 98.100 108.2
Front Head Room (in) 39.900 40.8
Front Leg Room (in) 40.400 41.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.000 57.1
Front Hip Room (in) 54.800 53.8
Second Head Room (in) 39.000 39.7
Second Leg Room (in) 36.800 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.300 55.3
Second Hip Room (in) 52.400 52.4
Third Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 68.100 73.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 34.300 36.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Entertainment System Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard  

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional  
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard


Cloth Seats Standard Standard  
Additional Rear Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard  
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.5L/152 2.5L/152
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 168 @ 6000 179 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 170 @ 4500 172 @ 4000
Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 37.000 34.8


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.100 15.9


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut  
Suspension Type - Rear Semi-Trailing Arm Double-wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Coil spring


Automatic Standard Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
4-Speed Automatic Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.