Toyota RAV4 vs Competitors for Sale in Smithfield, RI
Since crossovers are in such high demand, the competition within this segment is fierce. Every automaker is working tirelessly to make sure that their models grab good market share in that crowded segment. Some of the most common attributes people seek in this class include power, cargo capacity, and safety. Other buyers also look for towing capacity and off-road ability. Delivering all of these in spades is the 2020 Toyota RAV4. Here, we’ll look at how closely it competes with the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sportage, Nissan Rogue, and Subaru Forester.
Power and Fuel Efficiency
Of all the crossovers listed above, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 features the strongest base engine, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 203 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet of torque. This powerplant beats out the base engines in the CR-V (190 hp, 179 lb.-ft. of torque), Escape (180 hp, 177 lb.-ft. of torque), Santa Fe (185 hp, 178 lb.-ft. of torque), Sportage (181 hp, 175 lb.-ft. of torque), Rogue (170 hp, 175 lb.-ft. of torque), and Forester (182 hp, 176 lb.-ft. of torque). The RAV4 also boasts impressive fuel economy, especially considering its above-200 horsepower. The XLE trim with front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The CR-V (28 city/34 highway), Escape (27 city/33 highway), Santa Fe (22 city/29 highway), Sportage (23 city/30 highway), Rogue (26 city/33 highway), and Forester (26 city/33 highway) fall short in comparison.
Cargo Space and Towing
Another reason people flock to crossovers is that this vehicle style can accommodate more passengers and stuff than your average sedan, without being “too much vehicle” like a full-sized SUV. When the RAV4’s rear seat is up, the cargo area provides 37.6 cubic feet of space. The Escape, Santa Fe, Sportage, and Forester with the back seat up all offer less space. The Rogue and CR-V have slightly larger cargo capacities, but their tow figures are much lower. For reference, the 4WD RAV4 is able to tow up to 3,500 pounds while the Rogue can only tow up to 1,102 lb. and the CR-V 1,500 lb. The RAV4 can also tow more than the Sportage (2,000 lb.) and Forester (1,500 lb.).
Of the vehicles compared on this page, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 flaunts the highest distinction of safety from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which named it a Top Safety Pick+; the Escape and Rogue were named regular Top Safety Picks. One item of concern with the Honda CR-V is that the IIHS rated its headlights as being Marginal – just one step above Poor. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the RAV4 and most of its other rivals a five-star overall safety rating, but the Rogue was only given four.
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