2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Ford Escape Model Comparison Information in Redwood City, CA

March 28, 2019

As an award-winning Subaru dealership in Redwood City, it doesn't take much to guess our answer to this question. However, we believe it's important to step beyond the handwaving that's so common at dealerships and present you with the facts in SUV comparison pages like this one. Below, we look at the value, space, features, performance, and safety of the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester and the popular Ford Escape.

Once you have an idea of what to expect in each small SUV, we invite you to come experience the new 2019 Subaru Forester in person and take it for a test drive. We have a huge selection to choose from and our pricing is among the best you'll find in the San Francisco Bay Area at Carlsen Subaru.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Ford Escape: Interior

While these small SUV models start out with virtually the same price tags, even we were surprised at the difference inside. Behind the rear seats, you'll find similar cargo space with the Subaru Forester holding a slight 1.5 cubic feet advantage. But the similarities in space end there. Fold the rear seats down in each small SUV, and the Ford Escape only manages to offer 68 cubic feet of maximum cargo space compared to a cavernous 76.1 cubic feet in the back of the new Subaru Forester. Then, there's the passenger space.

The Subaru Forester has long been a segment leader in passenger space, and the all-new 2019 model offers even more with up to 111.9 cubic feet of passenger space. The Ford Escape, on the other hand, expects up to five people to cram into just 99 cubic feet of space. That's how much passenger space you'll find in the small economy car from Subaru.


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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Ford Escape: Technology

It's a bit surprising to think that you could get a new small SUV without a touchscreen infotainment system today. But that's exactly what Ford is selling at the start of the Ford Escape lineup. Their entry-level SYNC® system does provide some modern conveniences like Bluetooth® and voice recognition, but you'll be stuck with a small screen and push-button controls.

With virtually the same starting MSRP, the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester comes standard with a 6.5" color touchscreen with all the same features of the Ford SYNC® system plus a few others. Other standard technology advantages you'll find in the new small SUV from Subaru include automatic climate control, remote-activated perimeter lights, auto up/down driver's window, and an auxiliary audio input jack. Most of these will cost extra as additional options on the Ford Escape. If you're needing an auxiliary jack to plug your old MP3 player into, the Subaru Forester is the best choice since you won't find an AUX jack in any of the Ford Escape models.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Ford Escape: Performance

The difference in performance between the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester and the latest Ford Escape is also striking. They may start out with essentially the same MSRP, but your money gets 182 horsepower in the new Subaru Forester compared to just 168 horsepower in the Ford Escape. Despite less power, the Ford escape also gets noticeably worse fuel economy with up to an estimated 29 MPG. The Subaru Forester, on the other hand, gets up to 33 MPG, and it comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. If you pay to upgrade a new Ford Escape with available four-wheel drive for better traction, you'll get even worse fuel economy.

Power and gas mileage is one thing, but the most noticeable performance difference between these two small SUVs is realized behind the wheel. That's because the Subaru Forester is equipped with a flat BOXER® engine that runs quietly while also providing a low center of gravity. The result is nimble handling and a more comfortable ride. This is just a preview of how the new Subaru Forester Outperforms the Ford Escape, so come see us for a test drive to discover more.


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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Ford Escape: Safety

Whether your next new small SUV is for family or you just need more space in your daily driver, nothing is more important than safety on today's unpredictable roads. Subaru understands this, and it shows with top industry safety ratings year after year for the Subaru lineup, including the Forester small SUV. This year, the 2019 Subaru Forester has earned the prestigious 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick. What's more, the folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the new 2019 Subaru Forester a top five-star overall safety rating.

The 2019 Ford Escape, meanwhile, didn't earn an award from the IIHS due in part to a Poor rating for passenger safety in an important frontal crash test. What's more, the ease of use for the child seat anchors received a Marginal rating. It may have the same price tag, but it's clear that the Ford Escape isn't as safe as the Subaru Forester.


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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Ford Escape: Driver Assistance

This year, the advanced EyeSight® driver assist technology is standard on every Subaru Forester. This includes features like automatic pre-collision braking, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. You won't find pre-collision braking on the Ford Escape, and what driver assist safety technology it does offer will cost significantly more as upgrades. If there was any doubt that you'll get more for your money in a new Subaru Forester, this point alone should go a long way to put those doubts to rest.

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Why Get a New Subaru in Redwood City, CA?

Over recent years, Subaru has entered the mainstream in a big way while continuing to earn a wide range of industry awards. Year after year the ALG recognizes Subaru as the brand that holds its value over time better than any other. The experts at Kelley Blue Book have again determined that Subaru still has the lowest five-year Cost to Own of all brands for 2019, and the American Customer Satisfaction Index has rated Subaru #1 in Owner Satisfaction. These are just a preview of the many awards and accolades earned by Subaru vehicles, and we're proud to be among the elite dealerships that earned the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer Commitment Award.