2020 Compact SUVs – The Discussion Continues

Will you be looking for new 2020 compact SUVs to drive in the near future? If so, the all-new 2020 Ford Escape will be available to you and it will offer you many of the qualities you’ve been looking for. Of course, you do need to know more about other models in order to make the right decision. With that in mind, we’re taking a look at the Escape when compared to the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, which are both excellent choices in this class as well. The decision is up to you, but these three models certainly offer you the drive you’re looking for.

Engines for Your Drive in these 2020 Compact SUVs

The new Ford Escape offers you a choice of four different powertrains to choose from. The base model is a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that makes 180 horsepower. The CR-v and RAV4 both offer naturally aspirated engines for the drive. The Honda engine makes 184 horsepower while the Toyota engine has a serious increase in power to give you 203 ponies under the hood. The upgraded engine of the Escape brings you 250 horsepower to give you the most power in this class.

All three of these SUVs can tow a load for you with the Escape offering you up to 3,500 pounds of towing with the larger engines while the hybrid models can tow up to 1,500 pounds. The RAV4 tows 1,500 pounds and the CR-v is also rated at 1,500 pounds to give you the ability to take a small load with you on the road.

Fuel Mileage Ratings

The Toyota RAV4 is rated to give you up to 35 mpg on the highway while the Honda CR-V shows up with a 34 mpg rating. We don’t have the numbers for the Ford Escape just yet, but with smaller engines, turbocharging, and hybrid options, you can expect the Escape to offer you a stronger fuel mileage rating than the competition.

Exterior Size in these 2020 Compact SUVs

All three of these SUVs offer you nearly identical dimensions, but the Ford Escape appears to be smaller than the Toyota or the Honda. This is a visual trick that’s accomplished with the curvy styling offered in contrast to the block styling of the other two models. In fact, the Escape is wider, taller, and rides on a longer wheelbase than the RAV4 or the CR-V, which might come as a surprise to you.

Interior Roominess

One area where the Ford Escape is lacking is in rear-seat legroom. Both the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V have more legroom for passengers in the rear than the Escape. The front legroom is similar in all three models. Even though the Escape has a sloping roof, it has the most headroom in the rear to make sure your passengers can be a bit more comfortable while seating in the rear of your vehicle. You’re going to want to have your regular passengers check out the room in the Escape to see if it’s the right choice for you.

The Features and Safety You Want in Your 2020 Compact SUVs

The Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assistance features is being offered as a standard part of all 2020 Ford Escape models. This bundles the benefits of automatic high beams with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. Most of these features are also standard on the RAV4 but the CR-V will require you to upgrade to the EX model in order to have what you’re looking for. The Toyota model does have adaptive cruise control as a standard part of the package, but this is an optional item for both the Ford and the Honda.


The Ford Escape will be offered with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system for SE models and higher to give you a 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection and a digital display. The RAV4 is packaged with either a seven or eight-inch touchscreen and Wi-Fi while the Honda offers a seven-inch screen as its largest offering.

The right connectivity for you can be found in the SUV that you choose from these three; find the right one by taking each for a test drive to decide which compact SUV will be the one you drive every day.



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