Compact SUVs give you the best of both worlds. Their roomy interior can help you carry lots of cargo, while their agile handling makes it easy to park and navigate city streets. Plus, they're always prepared to help you get through rough weather.

The Subaru Forester and the Ford Escape check all those boxes and offer a dependable drive around Ithaca, NY. Which one is right for you, though? To help you decide, the team at Maguire Subaru had them square off in this Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape comparison.  Schedule a test drive today.

Interior Dimensions


Both SUVs feature seating for up to five people. The Subaru Forester gives you and your passengers more room to stretch out, though, with 111.9 cubic feet of passenger space. The Ford Escape has a smaller cabin with only 104 cubic feet of passenger space.

You'll definitely notice the difference when you sit behind the wheel. The Forester has 41.2 inches of headroom and 43.3 inches of legroom. The Escape feels a bit cramped with only 40 inches of front headroom and 42.4 inches of legroom.

Each one is also capable of carrying lots of cargo. Once again, though, the Subaru provides you with more space. It offers up to 76.1 cubic feet of cargo room. The Escape has much less storage space with only 65.4 cubic feet

Safety Features

Whether you're driving through some summer showers or making your way through the snow, the Subaru Forester keeps you in control with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. It also lines the interior with seven airbags, so you'll be well protected.

There are also lots of safety features that can help you avoid accidents. For example, the DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System can sense when you're tired or not paying attention and remind you to focus on the road or take a break from driving. EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology also comes standard. It gives you more awareness with features like:

  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning
  • Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management

When it comes to the Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape, the Escape also features seven airbags and lots of standard driver-assistance features. Unfortunately, it comes with standard Front-Wheel Drive and doesn't offer anything that analyzes your driving patterns, like the DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System in the Forester.

Infotainment System

The Subaru Forester also comes with a smartphone-compatible touchscreen display. A 6.5-inch screen is standard, but an 8-inch one is also available. The standard Bluetooth® lets you stream music and make hands-free calls, while Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ give you access to your phone's apps. To give you more music and shows to choose from, SiriusXM® All Access Radio comes standard, too.

The Ford Escape offers all the same features-however, nearly all of them are only available on the higher trim levels. Its standard infotainment system only includes Bluetooth®. Plus, instead of a touchscreen, it comes with a small 4.2-inch monitor.

Test Drive a Compact SUV

Visit Maguire Subaru to learn more about this Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape comparison and take a test drive. The Subaru Forester offers peace of mind, more cargo room, and more standard features to drivers and families in Ithaca, NY.

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