2017 Subaru Forester vs Ford Escape

The base Forester churns out more horsepower and torque than the Escape and earns better fuel economy with the automatic transmission.

  • The Forester has an flawless safety record, while the Escape only earns a four-star government crash test rating. Forester is an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus
  • With six trim levels, the Forester offers many more model and feature choices than the Escape lineup. Even the base Forester comes equipped with a large standard touchscreen versus the Escape's small central display.
  • The Forester is lighter, taller, and more spacious than the Escape. Both passengers and cargo have more elbow room in the Forester, and when you have an active or large family, that's valuable real estate you can't afford to skimp on.
  • Escape is two inches wider.  Forester is three inches longer and two inches taller.   
  • The Forester, like all Subarus, comes with symmetrical all wheel drive.  The Escapeis a front wheel drive system, and then an optional all wheel drive system  with additional hardware. Big difference.
  • Forester has an 8.7" ground clearance, whereas the Escape is 7.9 inches.  Subaru maintains a low center of gravity. Overall Forester has large advantage in snow, and off road.
  • In terms of cargo space, both deliver 68 cubic feet with the seats down.  Forester advantage is being a bit taller, easier to move items in and out.
  • The Forester is roomier for passengers with 103 cubic feet, compared to Escape's 98.
  • Escape base engine is a  1.6 liter turbocharged in-line four cylinder with 178 horsepower, turning 0-60 in 9.3 seconds.  The Forester's smaller base engine has  170hp with a 2.5 liter four cylinder boxer engine, turning 0-60 in 8.5 seconds.
  • Escape's larger engine costs MPG, delivering 23 city and 32 hwy with front wheel drive.  Meanwhile the Forester with all wheel drive delivers 26 city, 32 hwy.  If you add All Wheel Drive to the Escape, they go down to 22 and 30 respectively.
  • Window visibility clearly favors Forester.  Forester is rated #1 for all vehicles in this category.  Escape has narrow windows in the back.
  • Both offer a moonroof - standard on Forester,  extra on Escape.  The Forester is a large one piece of glass,  the Escape is smaller, two piece.
  • Forester base is less expensive and better equipped including All Weather Package - heated seats, mirrors, wipers, at $26,870.  Escape starts at $27,900
    If you have need more information, we have the resource of the in-store Subaru Digital Showroom. It can detail and compare just about any vehicle in the market to another. It's fun!  Check it out at Patriot Subaru in Saco.

    Patriot Subaru of Saco

    769 Portland Rd
    Directions Route One
    Saco, ME 04072

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