Here at Phil Long Ford of Denver, we want to help you choose the compact SUV that fits your lifestyle. That's why we've broken down the 2019 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4 comparison. After evaluating these two SUVs, we think you will be able to figure out which one is best for you and your family. To find the best fit, we need to look at the price, fuel economy, cargo space, seating capacity, and safety ratings. Let's jump into this Escape vs RAV4 SUV comparison.

2019 Ford Escape

2019 Ford Escape Exterior view


The first way to compare these two SUV crossovers is to look at the price. 2019 Escape prices begin at just $24,105. The price of an Escape SE, the mid-level trim, starts at only $26,500. One step up from there, the SEL trim, costs $28,445. At the top of the line, there's the Titanium trim and the starting costs is $32,620.

Fuel Economy

The MPG ratings on a Ford Escape is estimated at 21/29 mpg for the base model. Ford Escape fuel economy ratings remain mostly the same with the 2.0-liter turbo engine at 22/29 mpg. There's a 1.5-liter motor that earns this Ford SUV the best gas mileage at 23/30 mpg.

Exterior Dimensions

The dimensions of a 2019 Ford Escape are 178″ L x 75″ W x 66″ H. In addition, curb weight is 3,501 to 3,755 pounds. The height, length, and weight will vary depending on any equipped Ford Escape accessories such as roof rail cross bars.

Interior Comparison

Interior of a 2019 Ford Escape SUV

As you compare the 2019 Ford Escape interior dimensions, you'll see that this SUV provides 34 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back row extending to 68 cubic feet when the back row is folded. There is room for five adults in the 2019 Ford Escape SUV. Seats in both rows are comfortable and supportive, with plenty of room for all the friends and family.


The Ford Escape comes with your choice of 3 different engine options: 2.5-liter I-4 with 168HP / 170 lb-ft torque, 1.5-liter EcoBoost I-4 with 179HP / 177 lb-ft torque, and 2.0-liter EcoBoost with 245HP / 275 lb-ft torque. All of these engines are paired with a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. AWD and 4WD are available options. The Escape features a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs up to 3,500 lbs only with the 2.0L EcoBoost engine with the Class II Trailer Tow Package.

Safety Ratings

The IIHS awarded the 2019 Ford Escape with Good scores in four out of five crash tests. Other safety ratings for the Ford Escape from the NHTSA provided a five out of five stars overall rating.

2019 Toyota RAV4

Exterior view of a 2019 Toyota RAV4


The base price of a 2019 Toyota RAV4 is $25,500, which is higher than the Escape. There are four trim levels to choose from. The RAV4 XLE starts at $27,300 and the XLE Premium starts at $29,500. The RAV4 Adventure trim begins at $32,900 where the range-topping Limited trim starts at $33,500.

Fuel Economy

It's true that most SUVs can't rival the fuel economy ratings on a Toyota RAV4. It earns 26/35 mpg, which is one of the highest in its class. There are hybrid variants on some 2019 Toyota RAV4 trims as well that achieve even greater MPG ratings.

Exterior Dimensions

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 measures 181-182″ L x 73″ W x 67-69″ H. This SUV has a curb weight of 3,370 to 3,620 pounds. As with the Escape, any exterior Toyota RAV4 accessories equipped to this SUV will increase the height, length, and/or weight.

Interior Comparison

Interior view of a 2019 Toyota RAV4 SUV

You will find an equal amount of cargo space in the Toyota RAV4 SUV. With the rear seats up, you have access to 37.5 cubic feet of room. When the rear seats are folded down, drivers gain access to 69.8 cubic feet of space. Just like the Escape, a 2019 RAV4 has room to hold five adults. Both rows of seats offer ample support, comfort, and provide a decent amount of room.


The RAV4 comes with a 4-cylinder engine that produces 203 horsepower across all trims and drivetrain variants. This isn't as strong as the 2.0L EcoBoost Escape, but it provides enough power to get around. All trims except for the Adventure model come FWD standard. AWD is standard on the Adventure trim and optional on all other trims. The 2019 RAV4 can tow 1,500 lbs up to a max of 3,500 lbs but that max is only achievable with the 2019 RAV4 Adventure.

Safety Ratings

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 received Good ratings in all the crash tests performed by the IIHS. This Toyota SUV was awarded five stars from the NHTSA as well. Neither SUVs have any recalls reported as of May 2019.

Compact SUV Comparison: Who's the best?

Clearly, there is no one outstanding winner for the best compact SUV between the 2019 Ford Escape and the 2019 Toyota RAV4. It strictly depends on your lifestyle, which models suits your needs the best. Ideally, if you want to save money while maintaining plenty of features and ample room, the 2019 Ford Escape is the better choice. At Phil Long Ford Denver, we have some fantastic Escape lease deals happening right now on all our 2019 Ford models. Stop by today and take a test drive! View 2019 Ford Escape Inventory in Denver, CO

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