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Understandably, a lot of today's families need a spacious vehicle that can handle a variety of different weather conditions. The 2016 Subaru Outback surely fits that description. Furthermore, the Outback's rugged design enables adventure seekers to travel off-road. All versions of the wagon come strapped with Subaru's capable Symmetrical AWD system. The Ford Escape is yet another vehicle that prides itself on delivering versatility. In the eyes of some automotive journalists, the Escape has improved significantly over the last few years. Take a look at how the 2016 Subaru Outback fares against the latest Ford Escape.
2015 Subaru Outback Specs
2015 Ford Escape Specs
Which Car Delivers Better Performance?
Both the Ford Escape and the 2015 used Subaru Outback come standard with a rather peppy four-cylinder engine. While the Escape develops 168 horsepower, the Outback is able to pump out 175 horsepower. Both vehicles are also available with a more powerful upgrade. With a total output of 256 horsepower, the Outback's stout V-6 engine overshadows the Escape's turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Escape's EcoBoost engine can only muster up 240 horsepower. In terms of real-world acceleration, both vehicles are relatively quick when equipped with an upgraded engine. However, the Outback's bigger engine may come in handy when traveling on a mountainous roadway.
How do the Safety Features Compare?
Based on its solid crash test scores, the 2016 Subaru Outback is among the safest vehicles in its class. In fact, the rugged wagon earned an outstanding five-star safety rating. On the other hand, the Ford Escape has quite a few shortcomings when it comes to safety. When tested at the governmental crash testing facility, the Escape was only able to obtain a four-star safety rating. According to Edmunds, the Escape received a notably poor rating in the frontal small overlap test. This should be a concern for the drivers who are looking for the best possible protection. Unlike the Subaru Outback, the Ford Escape does not offer a pedestrian detection system or a lane departure warning system.
How do the Interior Features Line Up?
In regards to overall versatility, the Subaru Outback deserves a lot of praise. Not only will the front passengers have a lot of legroom, but the backseat occupants will also be able to stretch out. The Outback's nearly 1.5-inch advantage in rear-seat legroom will make major difference for tall family members. Travelers will also appreciate the wagon's extra width. When the rear seat-backs are folded down, the Outback offers a whopping 73.3 cubic feet. With a total cargo capacity of 67.8 cubic feet, the Escape trails the Outback by about 5.5 cubic feet.
Although the Escape has definitely improved, it still lags behind the Outback in a lot of key areas. The 2016 Subaru Outback's excellent safety rating and roomy interior give it a big advantage. If you are looking for a versatile automobile, stop by your local Subaru dealer to test drive the used or certified pre-owned Outback.
**EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.
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