Comparing the 2017 Ford Escape to the Toyota RAV4 at Denny Menholt Ford in Butte, MT

Perfect for small families, people who like to carpool, and solo drivers who like to have some extra space as they cruise, a compact crossover SUV might just be the vehicle of your dreams! The 2017 Ford Escape is certainly no exception to this rule and, in fact, we here at Denny Menholt Ford believe it deserves to be right at the top of your must-drive list. Of course, we know that savvy drivers in the Butte, Dillon, Anaconda, Whitehall, and Three Forks MT areas need more information than that, so we welcome one and all to take a look below and see the 2017 Escape compared to a main rival: the 2017 Toyota RAV4.

Crossover Showdown: 2017 Ford Escape vs. the 2017 Toyota RAV4

  • The staring price of the 2017 Ford Escape is $24,645 MSLP. The starting price of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is more expensive, starting at $25,370 MSLP.
  • With the power and convenience of the SYNC system, the Ford Escape provides a more robust and user friendly infotainment experience than the Toyota RAV4.
  • Optional parking assistance technologies in the base Escape trim make parking all the easier; similar technologies can only be found in higher trim levels of the RAV4.
  • With a slightly shorter height and a noticeably shorter length, the smaller overall size of the Escape allows it to navigate city streets more easily than the RAV4.
  • Thanks to a longer wheelbase, the Escape also offers more front and rear head, hip, and leg room than the RAV4. Your taller passengers will be more comfortable and stay smiling on even the longest rides.
  • The Escape's 7.8 inches of ground clearance makes it the superior choice for tackling obstacles; the RAV4's 6.1 inches of ground clearance just doesn't compete.
  • According to, the Escape has earned 4-star and 4.5-star ratings for all Average Consumer Ratings categories - Interior, Reliability, Performance, Comfort, Technology, and Value  earned 4 stars; Safety earned 4.5 stars.
  • At their highest trim levels - the Escape Titanium AWD vs. the RAV4 Platinum AWD - the Escape still offers:
    • A more affordable price than the RAV4; compare $31,895 MSLP to $37,110 MSLP.
    • A more powerful engine than the RAV4; compare 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque to 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque.
    • The standard convenience of the SYNC infotainment system.
    • More standard features than the RAV4 such as a premium sound system, genuine leather-trimmed seats, and an anti-theft system.
    • The same superior exterior and interior measurements over the RAV4.
    • The same superior ground clearance over the RAV4.
    • Higher maximum towing than the RAV4; compare 3,500 lbs. to 1,500 lbs.
    • More exterior color options than the RAV4; compare 8 colors to only 4 colors.

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