Subaru Forester vs Ford Escape Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

In the world of small SUVs, the Ford Escape is pretty standard. It has all the features and capabilities you'd expect from the average small SUV. The 2020 Subaru Forester provides something more. Legendary Subaru capability and versatility join impressive space and remarkable quality to create an SUV that truly stands above its peers. On this page, we'll take a look at how the Subaru Forester compares to the Ford Escape.

Subaru Forester interior with rear seats folded

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Ford Escape: Design

The Subaru Forester and the Ford Escape may look similar. There's only a few inches of difference in exterior size, with the Subaru Forester being slightly longer and the Ford Escape being slightly wider. But the 2020 Subaru Forester makes the most of this space, using its interior room to maximize your comfort. The designers at Ford seem to have taken the "small" in "small SUV" quite literally: the 2020 Ford Escape has just 104 cubic feet of passenger volume. The 2020 Subaru Forester, by comparison, gives you 111.9 cubic feet! Though the Ford Escape and the Subaru Forester have similar standard cargo volume, the extra passenger space means that the Subaru Forester has much greater maximum cargo space: 76.1 cubic feet, compared to the 65.4 cubic feet you'd get in the Ford Escape.


Touchscreen in a Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Ford Escape: Interior Technology & Comfort Features

The increased interior space is part of what makes the Subaru Forester a more comfortable vehicle, but it's just the beginning. Automatic climate control is standard in the 2020 Subaru Forester, and you'll be able to add heated rear seats. Heated rear seats are unavailable in the Ford Escape, and automatic climate control is an available upgrade only.

But when you look at the technology, you'll notice an astounding difference. At the entry level, the 2020 Ford Escape does not include a touchscreen, but simply an LCD display. Even the entry-level Subaru Forester comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, which allows smartphone connectivity through features like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. The Ford Escape does offer an available touchscreen, but you'll have to pay more just to get this basic feature.

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2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Ford Escape: Driver Assistance Technology

By this point, it's clear that Subaru has a distinct technological advantage over the Ford Escape. But this doesn't only apply to the technology that keeps you comfortable: it's also true of the technology that keeps you safe. There are some driver assistance features that come standard on both SUVs, including pre-collision braking and lane keeping assist. But the 2020 Subaru Forester also comes standard with adaptive cruise control. To get this feature on the Ford Escape, you'd have to pay extra. The 2020 Subaru Forester even offers an available feature you won't find in any Ford Escape: DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System! If your driving indicates that you may be drowsy or distracted, this system will alert you so you can do what you need in order to drive safely again.


Subaru Forester parked on beach, with tent set up on roof rails

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Ford Escape: Performance

When you get behind the wheel of the Subaru Forester, you'll understand just why it's so well-regarded. Sure, its engine is similar in horsepower and torque to the engine in the 2020 Ford Escape, but there's more to it than that. The Subaru Forester has a couple distinctive advantages that make the actual performance a lot different. The first is the BOXER® engine. This distinctive design lower's the SUV's center of gravity, providing better balance. It's also designed to cancel out vibrations for a smoother ride on city streets. But when you're headed out on a weekend adventure, the Subaru Forester is still the better choice. While the 2020 Ford Escape comes with front-wheel drive as a standard feature, every 2020 Subaru Forester is equipped with full-time symmetrical all-wheel drive. This makes it an exceptional performer on the trails, especially when paired with available features like Hill Descent Control.

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2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Ford Escape: Value

The 2020 Ford Escape and the 2020 Subaru Forester have similar MSRPs, but the Subaru Forester gives you so much more. Its extra space and features like available heated rear seats can't be had in any Ford Escape. Even features like all-wheel drive and adaptive cruise control would cost much more in the Ford Escape than the Subaru Forester, where they come standard. We invite you to take the 2020 Forester for a test drive today to experience these benefits for yourself.

2020 Subaru Forester2020 Ford Escape
$24,495Starting MSRP*$24,885
182Horsepower180
176 lb-ftTorque177 lb-ft
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
33 Highway MPG / 26 City MPGGas Mileage (w/ AWD)33 Highway MPG / 27 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.