2017 Subaru Forester vs. 2017 Ford Escape

Drivers in the Bloomfield, Montclair, and Clifton areas looking for a midsize SUV have many great options to choose from, and Lynnes Subaru is here to help. Two excellent choices are the 2017 Subaru Forester and the 2017 Ford Escape. Read below to decide which is best for you as we compare interior space, engine performance, and vehicle safety.


Subaru Forester Interior vs. Ford Escape Interior

2017 Subaru ForesterThe 2017 Subaru Forester and the 2017 Ford Escape are at the top of their fields in regards to their roomy interiors. Both have comparable front seat passenger space, with the Forester edging out the Escape with 41.4 inches of front headroom to the Escape's 39.9 inches. The back-seat difference is slightly more substantial, as the Forester beats out the Escape with 39.8 inches of headroom and 38 inches of legroom, as compared to the Escape's respective 39 and 37.3 inches.

Both models have collapsible rear seats and give owners a similar amount of cargo room behind the rear seats, with the Forester just edging out the Escape with 34.4 cubic feet to 34 cubic feet. When the rear seats are collapsed, the Forester has a considerable advantage, with 74.7 cubic feet compared to the Escape's 68 cubic feet. This allows Forester drivers to haul more on a grocery store trip or yard sale weekend.

[Learn more about the 2017 Subaru Forester's in this interior review.]

Engine Performance Comparison

The 2017 Subaru Forester has a gas tank that holds 15.9 gallons, slightly larger than the 2017 Ford Escape's 15.7 gallons. Both have similar gas mileage, with the Forester getting an EPA-estimated 22 city MPG, one mile more than the Escape's EPA-estimated 21 city MPG. Both vehicles have the same number of highway miles (EPA-estimated 29 MPG). However, the Forester pulls way ahead when it comes to sheer power. The 2017 Subaru Forester gets 175 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque, compared to the 2017 Ford Escape's 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque.

2017 Subaru Forester Safety vs. 2017 Ford Escape Safety

Subaru Forester InteriorEach vehicle performed admirably in safety tests administered by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). They routinely received 5-Star Safety Ratings from the NHTSA. However, the NHTSA noted that the Escape has a higher chance of rollover than the Forester. Additionally, the Forester received top scores in each of the five areas graded by the IIHS. The Escape only got the top score in four out of five, receiving a score of Acceptable in small overlap front test results.

Test Drive the 2017 Subaru Forester at Lynnes Subaru

Drivers in Bloomfield, Clifton, and Montclair have been presented with exceptional midsize SUVs in the 2017 Subaru Forester and the 2017 Ford Escape. We looked at interior space, engine performance, and vehicle safety. We found that the 2017 Subaru Forester came out on top in each category. To see this remarkable vehicle for yourself, stop by Lynnes Subaru in Bloomfield, NJ. The sales staff is more than happy to answer all your questions. Contact us today to schedule your test drive!

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