For drivers near Wakefield and Reading, MA, a compact SUV like the 2022 Subaru Forester or the 2022 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've created this Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape comparison, where we'll put these SUVs side by side to compare their safety technology, handling capabilities, and engine specs. Continue reading to learn more, and contact us with any questions.

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 the 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.

Some of the other features you can find aboard both SUVs include:

  • Rear Vision Camera
  • High Beam Assist
  • Blind-Spot Detection

What Makes the Subaru Forester Different?

One of the most helpful features aboard both cars is the Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control. With this feature, your car can manage your acceleration to help match the speed of cars ahead. Just turn it on and all you'll need to think about is steering your SUV.

You'll find this feature available with the higher trims of the Ford Escape, but if you want to have this feature from the get-go, look to the Subaru Forester. Thanks to the standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology suite aboard the Forester, you can expect to have plenty of safety features beginning with the base trim.

One feature unique to the Subaru Forester is the DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System. This available feature monitors your driving patterns to detect signs of fatigue and distraction. Your vehicle can then urge you to pay attention to the road or take a break so you'll always drive in peak form.

Finally, another feature available with the Subaru Forester that you won't find aboard the Ford Escape is Reverse Automatic Braking. If you're backing up and are getting close to another car or object, your SUV can actually bring your Forester to a stop to help avoid a collision.

Subaru Forester vs Ford Escape: Interior Dimensions

You'll want to have lots of cargo room when you're packing for a big trip, and the Subaru Forester and the Ford Escape both offer plenty of space for all your belongings. These SUVs boast spacious interiors with foldable back seats so you can expand the space as necessary.

If you choose the Ford Escape, you'll work with a cargo capacity behind the back seats of 34.4 cubic feet. If you fold down the back seats, you can open a maximum cargo capacity of up to 65.4 cubic feet.

As for the Subaru Forester, you'll initially have slightly less space behind the back seats with a cargo volume of 28.9 cubic feet with the back seats upright. Once you fold down the back seats, though, you'll be working with a cargo volume of 74.2 cubic feet. Overall, if you want a vehicle that will let you bring along all the cargo you need, you'll want the Subaru Forester by your side.

Finally, when it comes to passenger volume dimensions, you'll have plenty of room for everyone to stretch out inside. Drivers of the Ford Escape will have a passenger volume up to 104 cubic feet. With the Subaru Forester, your passenger volume goes up to 111.6 cubic feet. Between both cars, the dimensions you can expect include:


Subaru Forester

Ford Escape

Headroom (front/rear)

41.2 inches/39.6 inches

40 inches/39.3 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

43.3 inches/39.4 inches

42.4 inches/40.7 inches

Shoulder Room (front/rear)

58.1 inches/57.2 inches

57.6 inches/56 inches

Handling Capabilities of the Subaru Forester and Ford Escape

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

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

While both SUVs provide fantastic handling when you're running errands, the Subaru Forester is much more comfortable when you're driving to a campsite. If you're a driver with an active lifestyle, you may want to consider the Subaru Forester for your next adventure.

Subaru Forester vs Ford Escape: Style

Who doesn't want to look great when they're out on the open road? The Subaru Forester and the Ford Escape both bring with them unique looks that are a great fit for a number of different lifestyles. The Ford Escape comes with a sleek body for sure, but it doesn't offer a confidence-inspiring front end that communicates that you command the road.

If you're looking for a vehicle that will let you drive with pure confidence, the Subaru Forester is built with adventurous drivers in mind. With its large front fascia and sturdy bumper, this is an SUV that was built to handle rough conditions.

Not only that, but you'll also be able add a bit of great off-road looks with an available Jasper Green Metallic paint job. You won't find a green color option with the Ford Escape.

Subaru Forester vs Ford Escape: The Verdict

At Ira Subaru, we compared the Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape and found the Forester brings more to the drivers of Danvers, Reading, and Wakefield, Massachusetts. With its impressive safety features and spacious interior, it just offers more of what drivers are looking for in a daily ride. That's why our team is eager to showcase what this model has to offer.

If you want to see it for yourself, visit our dealership and we'll get you behind the wheel for a test drive with one of our sales associates. Contact us to test drive the Subaru Forester today!

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