2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Ford Escape Comparison Information in Huntington Beach, CA

Finding the perfect SUV for your family can be an overwhelming task considering how many compact SUVs are on the market these days. You need a vehicle that's reliable and durable, something with enough room for everyone, intuitive connectivity, and handling that makes it fun to drive. We believe all of those features plus more are waiting for you in the 2021 Subaru Forester. Below is a head-to-head comparison between the Forester and the 2021 Ford Escape to help make your decision a little easier.

Subaru Forester climate control

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Ford Escape: Size & Comfort

The 2021 Forester is longer than the 2021 Escape, so that means more headroom and legroom so all 5 occupants receive a comfortable ride, no matter how long the journey. The Forester offers 111.9 cubic feet of passenger space as compared to the Escape's 104 cubic feet. Concerning cargo, the Forester delivers a spacious 31.1 cubic feet behind the rear seat or open up to a cavernous 74.3 cubic feet when you lay the rear seats flat. The Ford Escape only offers a max cargo volume of 65.4 cubic feet when the back seats are flat.

Both SUVs offer standard six-way manual driver's seats but while you only get a six-way power seat on the top trim of the Escape, the Forester offers a ten-way power driver's seat on all trim levels above the base model. Heated front seats are another luxury feature that are standard on all models but the base and the top trim level offers standard heated rear outboard seats. To get heated front seats on the Escape, you have to spend more stepping up to higher trim levels and heated rear seats aren't an option.

Subaru Forester technology specs

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Ford Escape: Technology

The 2021 Forester comes standard with a STARLINK® Multimedia center with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display that includes Bluetooth® for seamless smartphone pairing, hands-free texting and calling, and audio streaming. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability comes standard on the Forester as well but if you're looking for those amenities on the 2021 Escape, you have to upgrade trim levels. The Escape also offers a smaller 4.2-inch display screen as standard fare. Rear charging ports are available on the Forester's higher trim levels but on the Escape.

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Subaru Forester performance specs

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Ford Escape: Performance

A 2.5L 4-cylinder BOXER® comes standard on the 2021 Forester, a horizontally opposed engine that creates 182 horsepower and 176 lb/ft of torque. Paired with a CVT automatic transmission, the Forester delivers standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive which means more confidence while driving on wet roads or unpaved surfaces. The 2021 Escape offers a standard 1.5L 3-cylinder engine that makes 181 horsepower and Front-Wheel Drive. All-Wheel Drive is optional but will cost you $1,500 extra and will drive your gas mileage down.

Subaru Forester safety features

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Ford Escape: Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bestowed an overall five star rating on both the 2021 Forester and the 2021 Escape and while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Escape a Top Safety Pick, it also gave its highest honor of Top Safety Pick+ to the Forester. This is in part due to the standard LED Steering Responsive headlights, LED daytime running lights, and available LED fog lights, features not found on the Escape.

Subaru Forester driver assist technology

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Ford Escape: Driver Assist Features

Another reason why the 2021 Subaru Forester garnered the top safety awards is the standard EyeSight® Driver Assist technology. This unique array of features includes Lane Departure Warning, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control, and more. While the Escape shares some driver assist features with the Forester,  one thing it does offer that Subaru does is the DriverFocus®  Distraction Mitigation System. This innovative feature alerts you if it detects you're driving distracted or drowsy.

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2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Ford Escape: Value

There's a very slight difference in the starting MSRP between the 2021 Forester and 2021 Escape, but after learning of all the standard features Subaru offers that Ford doesn't or charges more for, it's obvious that the Forester is the best value for your money. Swing by McKenna Subaru and let our knowledgeable Subaru experts answer any questions you may have and take you on a test drive.

2021 Subaru Forester2021 Ford Escape
$24,795Starting MSRP*$24,885
176 lb-ftTorque190 lb-ft
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
33 Highway MPG / 26 City MPGGas Mileage (w/ AWD)31 Highway MPG / 26 City MPG
111.9 cu. ft.Passenger Volume104 cu. ft.
76.1 cu. ft.Maximum Cargo Volume65.4 cu. ft.
StandardAutomatic Climate ControlAvailable Upgrade
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable
6.5-Inch TouchscreenStandard Center Stack Screen4.2-Inch LCD Screen

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.