Compact SUVs, like the Subaru Forester and Ford Escape, are a great fit for both drivers and families. They're safe, reliable, and offer lots of cargo room. Which one is right for you, though? Paul Miller Subaru put this Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape comparison together to help drivers near Parsippany, Wayne, and Morristown decide.

Performance & Capability

The Subaru Forester has standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and runs on a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. This powertrain is paired with Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission that's both efficient and capable. It includes 7-speed manual mode, Adaptive Control, and Incline Start Assist. While it gives you the freedom to take control with paddle shifters, it can also boost your fuel economy on long drives and help your Forester get up to an EPA-estimated 33 MPG highway.

The Ford Escape offers several engines but comes with standard front-wheel drive. While it also provides you with an EPA-estimated 33 MPG highway, its transmission isn't as precise or efficient as the CVT, and it doesn't include Adaptive Control.

Interior Dimensions

Both the Subaru Forester and Ford Escape offer seating for five with lots of cargo room. While each SUV gives you room to relax, the Subaru features more space to stretch your legs. It has 111.9 cubic feet of passenger space, while the Escape only has 104 cubic feet of space.

Then, in the front, drivers and passengers have plenty of room. The Forester's front seat features 41.2 inches of headroom and 43.3 inches of legroom. There's plenty of space for three people to sit comfortably in the back, too, with 57.2 inches of shoulder room.

The Escape is little smaller up front with 40.0 inches of headroom and 42.4 inches of legroom. The second row is also a bit of tighter squeeze, too, with 56 inches of shoulder room.

From towing a trailer to carrying groceries in the trunk, both SUVs are also ready to haul lots of cargo. However, just like the cabin, the Subaru gives you more space where you need it most. With the back seats folded down, the Forester features 76.1 cubic feet of cargo room. The Ford Escape doesn't let you load nearly as much with only 65.4 cubic feet of cargo room.


Safety Features

The Subaru Forester keeps you safe with seven airbags, standard all-wheel drive, and lots of driver-assistance features. For example, a Rear-Vision Camera comes standard to give you a closer look at what's behind you when you're backing up.

EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology also comes standard. It can give you more awareness and prevent accidents with the following features:

  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning
  • Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering

On top of looking out for everything around your SUV, the available DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System monitors how you're driving. If it detects signs that you're tired or distracted, it'll remind you to keep your eyes on the road.

With seven airbags and a Standard driver assistance system in the Ford, you are ready for anything, but its lack of standard AWD means you should stick to the beaten path. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer any technology that can tell when you're drowsy or distracted.

Infotainment System

Every Subaru Forester comes with a touchscreen in the center of the dashboard. It makes your drive easier by offering navigation, lots of music to choose from, and convenient smartphone compatibility. Some of the standard features include:

  • Bluetooth®
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™
  • SiriusXM® all Access Radio and Travel Link®

All of these features are available in the Ford Escape, but very few of them are standard. The base trim doesn't even offer a touchscreen. Its standard system only has Bluetooth® on a 4.2-inch monitor.  

Test Drive a Versatile SUV at Paul Miller Subaru

Reach out to the team at Paul Miller Subaru to learn more about this Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape comparison and take a test drive. The Forester offers more standard features, traction, and cargo room to drivers near Parsippany, Wayne, and Morristown.

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