How the Toyota RAV4 Measures up to Compact-Crossover Competitors

You don't have to sacrifice sportiness for the sake of space when you opt for the Toyota RAV4. This small SUV surprises with generous interior dimensions, plentiful standard features, and high-tech safety systems -- all available at an affordable price.

The RAV4 stands out from the compact-crossover crowd is more ways than one. Check out the comparison below between the latest model and its Honda CR-V and Ford Escape rivals for more insight into why so many Westminster, Baltimore, Hanover, Rockville and Frederick choose to make their next petite powerhouse a RAV4.

The Toyota RAV4 vs the Honda CR-V

  • Longer, wider, and taller than the CR-V, the spacious RAV4 easily stores more cargo can its less accommodating competitors.
  • The RAV4 also accommodates drivers with their hands full thanks to an available hands-free power liftgate with foot-motion activation. The CR-V doesn't offer this feature.
  • The RAV4 comes equipped for adventure with standard roof rails and auto headlights. The CR-V doesn't.
  • And speaking of sportiness, you can enjoy more of it with the RAV4 SE variant, as it comes equipped with a sport-tuned suspension. The CR-V lineup doesn't include a performance-oriented model.
  • On the other hand, if you prefer something with a lighter footprint, you'll want to go with the RAV4 Hybrid. It offers the same cargo space, reliability, and value of the original RAV4, just in a more efficient package. It's the only one of its kind in the small-SUV segment, so needless to say, the CR-V doesn't offer come as a hybrid.
  • Most notably, the RAV4 outperforms all of its compact crossover competitors with its suite of standard driver assist technologies. All new RAV4 models now come equipped with Toyota Safety Sense® P, which bundles such advanced safety systems at adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection. Comparable features are available on the Honda CR-V, but they're buried in more expensive trims.
  • You can further enhance the RAV4's superior safety with available rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and a surround-view exterior camera system -- none of which are available on the CR-V.
  • Top it all off with more sophisticated features like standard Entune™ touchscreen infotainment and the option of an 11-speaker JBL premium sound system, and it's easy to see how the RAV4 sets itself apart from the less equipped competitors like the CR-V, which can't match either offering.

The Toyota RAV4 vs the Ford Escape
  • The Toyota RAV4 begins at a much lower starting price, beginning at $25,505 which is almost $2,000 cheaper than the $26,695 starting price of the Ford Escape.
  • If you're a music lover, you'll be happy to know that the Toyota RAV4 comes standard with an auxiliary input jack for all movie and music-playing devices. This feature is absent from the base trim of the Ford Escape and must be upgraded with a higher trim.
  • In terms of overall measurements, the Toyota RAV4 is the larger of the two SUVs and measures about 184 inches long and about 66 inches wide, which allows for an interior passenger volume of 102 cubic feet. Whereas, the Ford Escape measures about 178 inches in length and 66 inches wide with an overall passenger volume of 98 cubic feet.
  • Despite this SUV's larger size, the Toyota RAV4 has a much lower turning radius of 34.8 inches, meaning it can turn sharper corners with relative ease in comparison to the Ford Escape, which has a turning radius of almost 40 inches.
  • Finally, like all Toyota SUVs, the Toyota RAV4 comes standard with a lot of high-tech safety features that you won't find on the base trim levels of other SUVs, including the Ford Focus. These features include the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and so much more! These features, and their Ford equivalents, are absent from the base trims of the Ford Escape and must be upgraded with a higher trim level.


Experience the Toyota RAV4 in Westminster

We encourage you to visit the Koons Westminster Toyota showroom to test drive any of the latest RAV4 models, as well as to learn about our many RAV4 leasing and financing programs, as well as current specials. You can also start the shopping process from home by browsing our virtual showroom of new RAV4 models. Save your favorites for future reference, and drop by the dealership when you're ready to take them for a spin.

When it comes to providing a safe and more comfortable ride, with a nice blend of convenient amenities mixed in, there's a lot more that the Toyota RAV4 has over its competitors. Discover yours today and come test drive the all-new Toyota RAV4 right here at Koons Toyota Westminster! We're proudly serving Rockville and Hanover, PA and our sales team can be reached at (41) 886-0200 during regular business hours with any questions you might have. We hope to see you soon!