2017 Ford Escape vs 2017 Subaru Forester

The compact crossover fan club has been growing exponentially in recent years. Drivers are flocking to these vehicles, draw to the versatility that comes with these capable vehicles. All of this popularity means that there are many options in this class to choose from. Looking at the 2017 Ford Escape vs the 2017 Subaru Forester will help narrow down the options for many crossover fans. So how do these two sporty and compact crossovers compare to each other?

Both Ford and Subaru offer their compact crossovers in multiple trim levels. Each model comes equipped with a different collection of standard features at a different price level. Comfort and technology features offered on the new Escape include Ford’s SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated seats and mirrors, USB, Bluetooth and auxiliary connectivity and remote engine start.

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2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Subaru Forester
2.5-liter four-cylinder Base Engine 2.5-liter four-cylinder
3 Engine Options 2
245 Max Horsepower 250
Yes AWD Available Yes

2017 Ford Escape Engine Options

Both the 2017 Ford Escape and the 2017 Subaru Forester are offered with multiple engine options. Two total engines are offered on the Subaru, while the Escape can be equipped with three different power sources. Both crossovers begin by offer 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines. Ford is able to expand beyond what is offered on the Forester with it’s two available turbocharged, EcoBoost engine options. The first is a turbo 1.5-liter that offers 179 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque while earning the best fuel economy ratings available on the Escape at 23 city/30 highway miles per gallon.

Rounding out the Escape engine lineup is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that maxes out the crossovers performance ratings at 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet. Subaru’s second engine is able to match the performance ratings on the EcoBoost engine, deliver 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, but suffers in the fuel economy category. When equipped with the larger engine, the Forester earns an estimated 23 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highways. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine offered on the Escape is able to best these numbers, earning an estimated 22 city/29 highway miles per gallon.

The 2017 Ford Escape continues to build on all the traits that have made this compact crossover one of the new stars in the company’s lineup.

2017 Ford Escape interior
2017 Ford Escape wheel
2017 Ford Escape side
2017 Ford Escape dash and display

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