Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Subaru Forester Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 Subaru Forester

Safety Comparison

The Escape Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Forester doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Escape’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Subaru Forester has a metal gas tank.

Both the Escape and the Forester have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Subaru Forester:

 

Escape

Forester

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

243

317

Leg Forces (l/r)

233/311 lbs.

310/462 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

47%

52%

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

215 lbs.

Neck Compression

106 lbs.

134 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Subaru Forester:

 

Escape

Forester

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.6 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

150 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Forester isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 258) than the Forester 2.0XT’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Forester 2.5i 2.5 SOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Escape

Forester

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

16.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape EcoBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Forester doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Escape uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Forester 2.0XT requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Forester doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escape’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Forester:

 

Escape

Escape EcoBoost

Forester 2.5i

Forester 2.0XT

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

11 inches

10.8 inches

10.9 inches

The Escape stops shorter than the Forester:

 

Escape

Forester

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Forester (235/55R17 vs. 225/60R17).

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Forester 2.5i’s standard 60 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Forester 2.5i Touring/2.0XT’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Forester’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Forester’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Forester doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Forester (105.9 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Forester 2.0XT Limited pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Forester 2.5i Touring (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Escape is 3.4 inches shorter than the Forester, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Forester doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the Forester 2.5i Touring (39 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .1 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more front hip room than the Forester.

The front step up height for the Escape is .2 inches lower than the Forester (16.8” vs. 17”). The Escape’s rear step up height is 1.1 inches lower than the Forester’s (17.5” vs. 18.6”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the Forester’s liftover is 28.6 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape Titanium’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Forester doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape Titanium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Forester doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the Forester have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escape is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Forester prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Forester’s optional rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Forester’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Escape has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Forester has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Limited/Touring/2.0XT.

Both the Escape and the Forester offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Forester doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Forester doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Forester because it costs $171 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Forester, including $242 less for a water pump, $47 less for an alternator, $6 less for front brake pads, $325 less for a starter, $190 less for fuel injection, $48 less for a fuel pump and $365 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Forester isn’t in the top three.

The Ford Escape outsold the Subaru Forester by 75% during the 2016 model year.

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