2018 Ford Escape vs Subaru Forester

When you're searching for your next compact SUV, you're probably looking for a vehicle that combines impressive performance with a spacious interior and top-notch technology features. There are two such vehicles that offer this capable combination.

In this comparison, we at Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg will show you how the 2018 Ford Escape and the 2018 Subaru Forester stack up against each other. Shoppers near Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle should read ahead to learn more!

Engine Performance

Under the hood, the 2018 Escape and the 2018 Forester have a lot in common. Both models are standardly equipped with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. With this standard equipment, both models achieve a respectable EPA-estimated 24 combined MPG1.

The Escape takes capability a step further, though, with its available 2.0L EcoBoost® engine. When paired with the available Class II Trailer Tow Package, the Escape is capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds of trailer weight. With the Forester, your towing capabilities will peak at 1,500 pounds no matter what equipment you go with.

Ford vs Subaru: Interior 

Inside the Ford Escape and the Subaru Forester, you'll have five spacious seats that are standardly upholstered with cloth trimming. However, you can swap out this cloth for available leather upholstery. Take luxury a step further with available power-adjustable front seats that also boast heating capabilities.

On top of these comfortable features, both models also sport plenty of cargo space. The interiors of both the Escape and the Forester offer a generous 34 cubic feet of cargo space even with all five seats up-right and in use.

The Escape kicks interior comfort up a notch, though, with additional wiggle room for all five passengers. You'll have 43.1 inches of front legroom, 54.8 inches of front hip room, and 39 inches of rear headroom. The Forester only offers you 43 inches of front legroom, 53.9 inches of front hip room, and 37.5 inches of rear headroom.

Escape vs Forester: Technology Packages

The interior of the 2018 Ford Escape isn't just spacious for both cargo and passengers-it's tech-savvy, too. The Escape offers a SYNC® 3 infotainment system that boasts responsive voice command recognition, Bluetooth® connectability, turn-by-turn navigation, and smartphone app integration via Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

The Escape doesn't stop there, though. You can also opt for an available Wi-Fi® hotspot in this model. Connect all of your devices for endless streaming and surfing from the comfort of your crossover.

Unforunately, the 2018 Subaru Forester doesn't offer a Wi-Fi hotspot in any of its trim levels. Additionally, you'll have to upgrade for voice command recognition as it doesn't come standard in the Forester.

Test Drive the Escape at Fred Beans!

As you can see, the 2018 Ford Escape comes out on top in every category. Come down to Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg to get the full experience for yourself. Shoppers near Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle can schedule a test drive by contacting us online today!

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1EPA-estimated city/hwy MPG for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric-mode operation.

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