Compare 2018 RAV4 to CR-V & Ford Escape

Compare the Toyota RAV4 to the Honda CR-V & Ford Escape in Winston Salem

There are few better ways of getting around throughout your day and for longer family road trips than with the new 2018 Toyota RAV4, a versatile and well-rounded compact crossover. Here at our Winston Salem, NC Toyota dealership serving Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville, Burlington, Lexington, Thomasville, Mt. Airy and Salisbury, we'll find you the best edition of the new RAV4, your top choice for a versatile crossover.

Of course this is one of the most popular crossovers within a crowded market, but as you research all your options, you'll find plenty of comparable models. When comparing the new RAV4 with the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, you'll find the Toyota option is best in several areas. Take a quick look at these comparisons, then visit Modern Toyota in Winston Salem today for a test drive in the new RAV4.

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2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 Honda CR-V Comparison in Winston Salem

There are two names at the top of the small SUV segment, and they're clearly the new RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. Where the new RAV4 really stands out is in its set of standard tech offerings, including the generous amount of standard safety features. Considering both come from Japanese automakers and carry similar dimensions, any driver could simply say, "what's the difference?" Beyond their similar styles and sizes, the RAV4 has many minor advantages that really add up. Take a look through this comparison, then visit today for a test drive in the new RAV4.

  • In terms of technology, the RAV4 starts you off with a standard touchscreen, and standard voice controls, which means you can access your Bluetooth functions without taking your eyes off the road. Voice controls aren't offered with the CR-V, and you'll need a more expensive trim level for a touchscreen.
  • Also in terms of technology, the standard Toyota Safety Sense P suite in the RAV4 includes dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, a pre-collision system and pedestrian detection. For similarly strong safety offerings, the CR-V will command a costlier trim level.
  • Sticking to safety, the standard front knee airbags with the RAV4 XLE edition may not sound like anything special, but when you consider the CR-V doesn't offer those, you'll drive around with more confidence.
  • While the roadside assistance program with the RAV4 is only for two years, compared to three years for the CR-V, the Toyota plan is for unlimited miles, next to the 36,000-mile cap for the Honda plan. This is a great advantage for drivers who will immediately put on a bunch of miles early on, as you'll still have roadside assistance if you hit the 36,000-mile mark before two years is up.

2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 Ford Escape Comparison in Winston Salem

Bumping up in the small SUV segment in terms of popularity is the Ford Escape, which borrows plenty of design language from popular crossovers like the RAV4 and CR-V. But the Escape can't match the all-around excellence of the new RAV4, and it surprisingly starts off with a pricier cost than the popular Toyota SUV. Furthermore, the base level, as you'll learn about below, of the Escape is far more limited in its options and features than the RAV4 LE starting package. See below what else makes the Toyota small SUV your best bet, then visit us today.

  • Amazingly, the RAV4 is more affordable than the Escape when comparing base levels. This means choosing higher trims and adding more features and options with the Toyota will be more cost-effective than trying to configure the perfect edition of the new Escape.
  • The RAV4 earns considerably better fuel efficiency than the Escape, making the Toyota crossover a better option for your everyday driving, commuting and family travels.
  • In the base level, the Escape doesn't offer AWD, meaning you'll have to spend more for that feature by selecting a higher trim. The RAV4 doesn't come standard with AWD, and you may not need it here in the Winston Salem area, but you'll enjoy knowing it's more affordable to add on than what the Escape commands.
  • Good luck finding the kind of safety features in the Escape that come standard with the RAV4's Toyota Safety Sense P suite. This package includes dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, a pre-collision system and pedestrian detection, all standard, while similar features in the Escape are only offered in more expensive trim levels.