The 2017 Toyota RAV4 vs. the Competition
There are good reasons why the Toyota RAV4 has proven to be so wildly popular with Albertans - its 2.5L four-cylinder engine and 6-speed transmission helps deliver excellent economy, while its standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive means you can handle mountainous terrain and winter weather alike. This family vehicle is also adorned with a long list of standard features such as Bluetooth connectivity, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, a rear-view camera, privacy glass, and even a roof rack for making those long trips as comfortable as possible. But how does all this compare to what competitors like the Ford Escape are offering?
Let's break it down:
|Toyota RAV4||Ford Escape||Honda CR-V||Hyundai Santa Fe|
|Fuel Economy||10.0 City, 7.8 Hwy L/100km||10.6 City, 8.0 Hwy L/100km||9.5 City, 7.5 Hwy L/100km||11.1 City, 8.6 Hwy L/100km|
|Navigation||Optional||On higher trims||On higher trims||Optional|
|Cargo Space||Up to 73.4 cubic feet||Up to 68.0 cubic feet||Up to 70.9 cubic feet||Up to 71.5 cubic feet|
|IIHS Top Safety Pick||Yes - Superior front crash
prevention thanks to standard
TSS (Toyota Safety Sense)
|No||Yes (with optional equipment)||Yes (with optional equipment)|
The Toyota RAV4
Every RAV4 is paired with Toyota’s superior 2.5L four-cylinder engine that produces a solid 176 horsepower--perfect for city life in Edmonton. The new RAV4 is especially fuel-efficient, beaten only by the Honda CR-V--just barely. The RAV4's interior shares its overall design with the beloved Camry and the prestigious Avalon, but gets a cavernous 73.4 cubic feet of storage space (when the rear seats are folded flat). There’s also a ton of standard equipment, such as rear privacy glass, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 6.1-inch display audio touchscreen to keep you and your passengers entertained. Navigation is an option, and it can be controlled with full voice recognition. At a sensible MSRP and with good bang for your buck, the RAV4 is your best bet!
The Ford Escape
As Ford's most affordable Crossover, you're getting a lower MSRP, but you're getting less too. The fuel economy is inferior to competitors, and nav and voice controls are available only on higher, more expensive trims. The cargo space is inferior too, but the real issue is the lack of IIHS top approval.
The Honda CR-V
Definitely the RAV4's biggest competitor, at a slightly lower MSRP and competitive fuel economy--but you get fewer standard features, and the CRV is not necessarily the best choice for life beyond the city. Navigation is available only if you trim-up, which adds additional costs. And as for storage: it just can't compete. The RAV4 beats it in interior space too. And speaking of the interior, it's just tgenerally much higher quality with the RAV4, with quality materials adorning it - not to mention items like a power liftgate are only available on the top-spec Touring mode. It's things like this that add to the value of the RAV4 when compared to the CRV.
The Hyundai Santa Fe
The price is a bit on the higher end, but the fuel economy is what really hurts the Santa Fe, both in and out of the city. Again, storage space is on the lower end, making the Santa Fe not as good for vacationing or even just everyday life like with grocery shopping.