For drivers around the Wakefield and Reading areas, a compact SUV like the Subaru Forester or Ford Escape is ideal for your daily commutes around town. However, the team at Ira Subaru wanted to know which one of these vehicles offers more of what Danvers area drivers need.

To find out, we created this Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape comparison in which we'll put these SUVs side-by-side to compare their safety technology, handling capabilities, and engine specs.

Subaru Forester vs Ford Escape: Safety Technology

One of our favorite aspects about these two vehicles is that they both make safety a priority by offering several smart features that help you stay more aware of your surroundings.

For example, both the Forester and Escape have a lane departure warning system that issues an alert if you accidentally drift from your intended lane of travel. They also have a forward collision mitigation system that provides a warning to slow down or stop for unexpected hazards on the road ahead.

A key difference is that these features are available on the Escape as an upgrade and aren't offered on the base-level trim. The Forester, on the other hand, makes its EyeSight® suite standard on all trim levels.

So, without upgrading, drivers in the Escape may not have the same level of protection as those in the Forester.

Handling Capabilities for the Subaru Forester and Ford Escape

When it's time for a winter morning commute, we like that both the Subaru Forester and Ford Escape have a smart all-wheel drive (AWD) system.

In the Escape, the AWD system is available as an upgrade. In the Forester, the Subaru Symmetrical AWD system is a standard feature. The Forester also has available X-MODE®, which can optimize your traction control for your specific situation.

You can do this by choosing between three different drive modes-Snow, Dirt, Mud-to suit your needs. Unfortunately, the Escape doesn't allow you to optimize your handling capabilities in this way.

Forester vs Escape: Engine Specs

As you would expect for these brands, both the Subaru Forester and Ford Escape offer strong, innovative engine options.

In fact, they both come standard with a 2.5L I-4 engine. In the Forester, this engine delivers 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. In the Escape, it has an output of 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. This power is impressive, but it still falls slightly below the output in the Forester.

This 2.5L engine in the Forester also has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 26 city/33 highway MPG when operating with AWD. Compare this to the EPA-estimated 21 city/29 highway MPG in the Escape with front-wheel drive.

For a more accurate comparison, you can upgrade the Ford Escape to its 1.5L engine, which is the first to make AWD available on this model. With this engine, you'll produce 179 horsepower and have an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 22 city/28 highway MPG.

In either scenario, the Forester comes out ahead of the Escape in terms of power and fuel economy.

Subaru Forester or Ford Escape?

At Ira Subaru, we compared the Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape and found that the Forester seems to bring more with it to the Danvers, Reading, and Wakefield areas. If you want to see it for yourself, visit our dealership and we'll get you behind the wheel.

Contact us to test drive the Subaru Forester today!

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