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Find room for the whole family and quality that lasts in the 2020 Subaru Forester and 2020 Ford Escape. If you're in the market for a new SUV, Grand Subaru wants to help you find the perfect model. We've taken a closer look at the 2020 Forester and Escape in the following head-to-head comparison.

In this guide, we're focusing on the 2020 Subaru Forester Sport, starting at $28,995 MSRP, and the 2020 Ford Escape SE, which starts at $27,105 MSRP. You can learn more about this Subaru SUV with our Forester review page. Call (888) 840-3934 or send us a message online to speak with the team at our dealership in Bensenville, IL.

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Ford EscapePerformance Specs & Towing Capacity

You'll find similar performance delivered by the 2020 Forester and Escape. While the Escape produces higher torque, the Forester gains an edge when comparing horsepower. Performance specs for both SUVs are as follows:

2020 Subaru Forester


2020 Ford Escape

2.5L 4-cylinder


1.5L EcoBoost®

182 HP


181 HP

176 lb.-ft.


190 lb.-ft.

26 city / 33 hwy MPG

Fuel Economy

27 city / 33 hwy MPG

1,500 lbs.

Max. Towing Capacity

2,000 lbs.

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Ford EscapeInterior & Exterior Design

Thanks to modern exteriors and well-appointed interiors, the Forester and Escape will surely leave a lasting impression. Heated front seats, daytime running lights, and a push-button start can be found on either SUV. However, the following 2020 Forester interior and exterior features aren't found in comparable Escape models:

  • Power panoramic moonroof
  • LED headlights and fog lights
  • Raised roof rails
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Cargo-area underfloor storage
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2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Ford EscapeSafety & Technology Features

With so many safety and tech features equipped in the Forester and Escape, there's something for everyone to enjoy. You'll find a touchscreen display, lane keep assist, and a pre-collision braking system in both SUVs. However, only the 2020 Forester offers the following features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure and sway warning
  • HD Radio™
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2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Ford EscapeSize & Cargo Capacity

The Forester and Escape both provide seating for five passengers, as well as ample cargo space for all your luggage and equipment. With the rear seats folded down, the spacious interior of the Subaru Forester allows for 76.1 cu.-ft. of cargo space. On the other hand, the 2020 Escape provides 65.4 cu.-ft. of maximum cargo volume.

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If the 2020 Subaru Forester has grabbed your attention, Grand Subaru is the place to find the model for you! Browse our online inventory to see the selection, and then pair your favorite SUV with an available lease offers. To learn more or set up a test drive appointment, call (888) 840-3934 or contact us online.

2019 Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape Comparison | Size, Design, Specs, and Features

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Reinvigorate your daily drive with the 2019 Subaru Forester or 2019 Ford Escape. These midsize SUVs are ideal for growing families, but which best suits your needs? The experts at Grand Subaru in Chicago, IL, created this SUV comparison to make your decision easy. Simply read through to find which model is right for you, then browse our new 2019 Subaru Forester inventory to find your favorite trim! If you have any questions about the 2019 Subaru Forester, contact a Grand Subaru product specialist by calling (888) 840-3934 or fill out our online form.

For the purposes of this comparison, we'll take a look at the 2019 Subaru Forester Touring, starting at $34,295 MSRP, and 2019 Ford Escape SEL, starting at $28,445 MSRP.

Interior & Design

2019 Subaru Forester Interior

Designed to tackle adventure head-on, the all-new Subaru Forester and 2019 Ford Escape are ready for anything. Both SUVs feature power rear gates and premium leather-trimmed seating. Explore additional interior features that can only be found inside the 2019 Subaru Forester below.

  • Heated front seats
  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated rear outbound seats
  • Leather-trimmed seating
  • LED steering responsive headlights
  • Power moonroof
  • Push-button start
  • Reclining rear seatbacks
  • STARLINK™ 8-in. multimedia navigation

Safety & Technology

2019 Subaru Forester Technology

The 2019 Subaru Forester and Ford Escape help you protect you loved ones on the road, all while keeping everyone seamlessly connected. Both vehicles feature push-button starts and rear-view cameras, but only the new Forester goes above and beyond. View some of the Forester's leading safety and technology considerations below.

  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi® capability
  • Blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert
  • DriverFocus distraction mitigation system
  • EyeSight® driver assist technology
  • High beam assist
  • Hill descent control
  • Harman Kardon® premium audio system
  • Rear-view camera
  • Reverse automatic braking
  • X-MODE®

Engine & Specs

Power and performance are essential for an impressive driving experience, and modern drivers know that the new Subaru Forester and 2019 Ford Escape deliver just that. While both capable SUVs feature integrated start/stop technology to help you save big at the pump, only the Forester includes a 7-speed Lineartronic® CVT. Discover each model's engine specifications below to find the performance you expect.

2019 Subaru Forester


2019 Ford Escape



1.5L EcoBoost®

182 HP


179 HP

176 lbs.-ft.


177 lb.-ft.

1,500 lbs.

Towing Capacity

1,500 lbs.


MPG (city/hwy)


Price & Incentives

The 2019 Subaru Forester Touring trim starts at $34,295 MSRP. Our Subaru incentives and Forester lease deals at Grand Subaru are designed to help make the new Forester even more affordable so you can take this midsize SUV home today!

Schedule a Test Drive

When you're ready, schedule a test drive to experience the versatile 2019 Subaru Forester for yourself. Our extensive new Subaru Forester inventory is bound to have a model you'll love, so stop by our Subaru dealership in Chicago, IL, today! To learn more about the 2019 Subaru Forester, get in touch with the Grand Subaru team by calling (888) 840-3934 or fill out our online form.

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2019 Subaru Forester

Are you getting ready to purchase a new compact SUV? The new Subaru Forester and Ford Escape are both popular SUVs thanks to sought-after features like heated leather front seats and reclining and flat-folding rear seats. So, which is the better choice? Our competitive review will tell you just that. After reading, browse our inventory to pick out your new car. Have questions? Call Grand Subaru near Chicago at (888) 840-3934.

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Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape: Safety & Technology

2018 Subaru Forester Interior Dashboard While the Ford Escape received decent safety scores, the Subaru Forester is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and has a Five Star overall rating from the NHTSA. This is not only because of its superior construction, but also because the new Subaru Forester is full of advanced technology. Subaru EyeSight driver assist technology includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist and sway warning
  • Pre-collision braking and throttle management

SUBARU STARLINK™ is a set of technologies you'll find on the new Forester that includes both safety and entertainment features. The equivalent features on the new Ford Escape are not nearly as comprehensive.

  • SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia includes:
    • Android Auto™/Apple CarPlay™ compatibility
    • Voice command
    • Navigation
    • App suite including Pandora, Stitcher, Best Parking, and Yelp
    • And more
  • SUBARU STARLINK™ Safety and Security includes:
    • Remote services
    • Roadside assistance calling
    • SOS emergency calling
    • Maintenance reminders and diagnostic reports
    • And more
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Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape: Engine & Performance

2018 Subaru Forester The Subaru Forester has two engine options: a four-cylinder and a more powerful turbocharged engine. Both engines use a boxer configuration. This piston layout reduces vibration, making them less susceptible to wear and tear; functions more smoothly, reducing fuel consumption and improving acceleration; and lowers the center of gravity, improving handling. Unlike the Escape, the Forester also comes standard with all-wheel drive.

The Ford Escape has a 2.5L inline-four on the base model, and two turbocharged inline-four engines available on higher trims. However, neither are as powerful as the Subaru's own turbocharged engine. In this table, we take a closer look at the standard engine options.

Subaru Forester


Ford Escape

2.5L Boxer-Four


2.5L Inline-Four

170 HP


168 HP

174 lb.-ft.


170 lb.-ft.



FWD/6-speed automatic transmission

26 MPG city/32 MPG hwy

Fuel Economy

21 MPG city/29 MPG hwy

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Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape: Seating & Cargo Capacity

2018 Subaru Forester Interior Seating and Cargo Space The Subaru Forester and Ford Escape each have room for five passengers. However, if you are looking for the roomiest cabin and largest trunk, the new Subaru Forester in the clear winner. Plus, it has additional storage space under the floor of the rear cargo area.

Subaru Forester


Ford Escape

108.3 cu. ft. (2.5i)/103.3 cu. ft. (all other trims)

Passenger Space

98.7 cu. ft.

34.4 cu. ft. (2.5i)/31.5 cu. ft. (all other trims)

Rear Cargo Space

34.0 cu. ft.

74.7 cu. ft. (2.5i)/68.5 cu. ft. (all other trims)

Total Cargo Space (Seats folded)

68.0 cu. ft.

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Schedule a Test Drive Near Chicago, IL

Has it become obvious that the Subaru Forester is the right new compact SUV for your needs? Then make sure to schedule a test drive at our Subaru dealership just outside of Chicago. We have over a hundred new Forester models available spanning every color and trim package. You can see for yourself why the latest Subaru Forester is a better choice than the Ford Escape. Call (888) 840-3934 to schedule your visit today.

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