Jones Ford Verde Valley Compares 2014 Ford Escape VS 2014 Subaru Forester Near Camp Verde, AZ

Responsive image

2014 Ford Escape

Responsive image
VS

2014 Subaru Forester

Safety Comparison

The Escape Titanium’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Forester doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Escape Titanium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Forester doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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.

The Escape offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Forester doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

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, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Neck Compression

126 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’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 13th in reliability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 15th.

Engine Comparison

The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 258) than the Forester 2.0XT’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape 1.6 ECOBoost is faster than the Forester 2.5i (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

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

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

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 Titanium’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Forester 2.0XT’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape Titanium has standard 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 .81 G’s, while the Forester 2.5i Touring pulls only .78 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 Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 700 pounds less than the Subaru Forester.

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 AWD is quieter than the Forester 2.5i Touring (39 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .1 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room and 1.5 inches more rear headroom 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

The Escape has a much larger cargo area than the Forester with its rear seat up (34.3 vs. 31.5 cubic feet).

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 29.4 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape Titanium’s liftgate can be opened 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 liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Escape Titanium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Forester doesn’t offer a memory 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 Titanium’s 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 Premium/Touring/Limited’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Forester doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

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.

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.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Escape, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Ford Escape outsold the Subaru Forester by over two to one during 2013.

© 1991-2016 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved. Who We Are
Click here to view the disclaimers, limitations and notices about EPA fuel mileage, crash tests, coprights, trademarks, and other issues.