Both the EcoSport and the Forester have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
There are almost 5 times as many Ford dealers as there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the EcoSport’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the EcoSport’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 EcoSport uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Forester 2.0XT requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The EcoSport 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.
The EcoSport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Forester 2.5i Touring/2.0XT’s 55 series tires.
The EcoSport 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 Ford EcoSport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Subaru Forester.
The EcoSport is 1 foot, 7.6 inches shorter than the Forester, making the EcoSport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The EcoSport Titanium/SES’ standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Forester’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The EcoSport has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Forester has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Limited/Touring/2.0XT.
The EcoSport has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Forester Base doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.