If you are in the market for a compact crossover, some of the top choices are the Toyota RAV4, the Ford Escape, and the Nissan Rogue. We’ll compare the three options to show you why the RAV4 is the standout, all-around best choice.
When it comes to pricing, the RAV4, Escape, and Rogue are similarly priced. However, when comparably equipped, the Toyota RAV4 will often be the least expensive.
All three models come with standard front-wheel drive, but have available all-wheel drive (AWD). When equipped with AWD the RAV4 delivers an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. Compare this to the Ford Escape, which offers 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. And, with a fuel capacity of 15.9 gallons, the RAV4 will get you quite a bit farther.
Though none of these vehicles should be used as heavy-duty towing machines, for the occasional towing needs, the RAV4 can tow up to 1,500 pounds, when properly equipped. The Nissan Rogue, on the other hand, can only tow around 1,000 pounds.
When it comes to interior space, the RAV4 offers 101.9 cubic feet of total passenger volume. The Ford Escape only offers 98.1 cubic feet. Front seat passengers will enjoy 57.3 inches of front shoulder room, more than either of the other two crossover models. Those in the back seat, can appreciate 38.9 inches of head room and 37.2 inches of leg room. The RAV4 also offers more total cargo volume than both the Escape and the Rogue, with 73.4 cubic feet.
Depending on the trim level, the Toyota RAV4 also offers numerous features that aren’t available on the other two models, such as an auxiliary input jack, bodyside running boards, an electrochromic rearview mirror, parking sensors, and more.
Come test drive the Toyota RAV4 today at Krause Toyota to see how it compares for yourself.