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Ford Escape vs. Subaru Forester

When comparing the Ford Escape to the Subaru Forester, the Ford Escape has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and interior volume. The Subaru Forester has the advantage in the areas of overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Ford Escape versus the Subaru Forester, the Ford Escape is a better car than the Subaru Forester.

Ford Escape versus Subaru Forester Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Ford Escape ranges from $22,861 to $33,995 while a used Subaru Forester from the same model year range is priced between $26,279 to $37,409. For a new model, the Ford Escape's price is between $26,080 and $38,465, with the Subaru Forester priced between $27,341 and $37,623.

Ford Escape versus Subaru Forester Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Ford Escape is 7.8 out of 10 while the Subaru Forester's quality rating is 8.7 out of 10. This results in the Ford Escape being ranked 13 out of 24 Best Small SUVs and the Subaru Forester being ranked 4 out of 24. Out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs, the Ford Escape is ranked 61 and the Subaru Forester is ranked 4.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Ford Escape’s base engine makes 181 horsepower, and the Subaru Forester base engine makes 182 horsepower. The Escape is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 503 miles. The Forester is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 548 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/compact SUVs, the Ford Escape has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more rear leg room and trunk space. The Subaru Forester has the advantage in the areas of front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room and rear shoulder room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Subaru Forester has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance and payload capacity than the Ford Escape.

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2022 Ford Escape

2022 Subaru Forester

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$26,080 - $38,465

Used Asking Price:

$22,861 - $33,995

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

49.7%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$27,341 - $37,623

Used Asking Price:

$26,279 - $37,409

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

38.4%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.8 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

6.5 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

8.1 / 10

Retained Value:

8.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

6 / 24
6 / 24
13 / 24
14 / 61
15 / 61
25 / 61
38 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 61
4 / 61
4 / 24
4 / 24
8 / 24
11 / 61
16 / 61

Summary Review

The Ford Escape is a compact five-person SUV with a smooth ride and efficient engine options. The current Escape was redesigned for the 2020 model year, with new models costing an average of $29,828 and 3-year-old models averaging $20,407.

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Summary Review

The Subaru Forester is a five-seat, compact SUV that foregoes the station wagon styling of other Subaru models for a more utilitarian, square-bodied design. The Forester has earned a reputation as a reliable and capable all-weather SUV with a spacious cabin and versatile cargo space. New models of the Forester cost an average of $32,632 and 3-year-old models average $23,752.

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Pros and Cons

  • Roomy interior
  • Sharp handling with a smooth ride
  • Wide range of powertrains

  • Cheap interior materials
  • Top trims are too pricey
  • Small front seat cushions

Pros and Cons

  • All-wheel drive is standard
  • Better-than-average ground clearance and off-road capability
  • Large cargo area

  • Engine power could be stronger
  • Low tow rating may not match many buyers’ lifestyles
  • Continuously variable transmission (CVT) not to everyone’s liking

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Titanium, S, SEL, SE

Trim Levels

Touring, Sport, Wilderness, Base, Limited, Premium

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

190 foot-lbs @ 3000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.055 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque:

176 foot-lbs @ 4400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.053 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

3

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

28 / 34 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

414 / 503 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Flat/Horizontally Opposed

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

26 / 33 / 29

Range (city/hwy):

432 / 548 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.4 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.6 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.3 inches

Rear Leg Room:

40.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56 inches

Cargo Space:

37.5 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

65.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

141.5 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57.2 inches

Cargo Space:

28.9 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

74.2 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

140.5 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3302 lbs

Width:

85.6 inches

Height:

66.1 inches

Length:

180.5 inches

Wheelbase:

106.7 inches

Ground Clearance:

6.8 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3454 lbs

Width:

80.9 inches

Height:

67.5 inches

Length:

182.7 inches

Wheelbase:

105.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.7 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

225/65R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

225/60R17