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2018 Subaru Forester


2018 Ford Escape

2.5 L 4-cylinder BOXTER


.5L iVCT I-4
26 city / 32 hwy

Fuel Economy

21 city / 29 hwy
250 HP


168 HP

Differences Between 2018 Subaru Forester & 2018 Ford Escape

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Compact crossover SUVs have long occupied a special place in the market for their high level of affordability. However, with time, they have also grown more sophisticated, with a focus on becoming safer, more powerful, and more fuel-efficient. The first compact crossovers include the Subaru Forester and the Ford Escape; by the 2018 model year, they are in their fourth production cycle and third generation of production, respectively. It can be hard to qualitatively separate the two. But ultimately, the 2018 Forester is miles ahead of the 2018 Escape for the following reasons:


For 2018, a 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine makes its debut on the Titanium, which serves as the Ford Escape’s top-of-the-line trim. Befittingly, this brand-new engine provides the most output on this compact crossover: at 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. However, it is upstaged with a gap of five horsepower by the 2.0-liter turbocharged horizontally opposed four-cylinder (H4) engine, which goes on the Forester’s higher-level Limited and Touring models.

2018 Subaru Forester Interior

Fuel Economy

The most fuel-efficient powertrain configuration is provided on the SE and SEL trims of the 2018 Ford Escape, which pair an impressively tiny 1.5-liter EcoBoost I4 with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Couple that with a front-wheel drivetrain and auto start-stop technology, and you can get a peak of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The 2018 Subaru Forester—with the standard 2.5-liter H4 and a 6-speed automatic transmission or continuously variable transmission—offers up to 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. That’s 4 more mpg in city fuel efficiency and 2 more mpg in highway fuel efficiency. And that’s despite the presence of a significantly larger engine (which guzzles more fuel), the absence of auto start-stop technology (for conserving energy by eliminating engine idling during stops), and the presence of standard all-wheel drive (which consumes more energy than front-wheel drive due to power transferred to all four wheels instead of just two).

2018 Subaru Forester Exterior


Regarding basic safety features, the 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Ford Escape have a lot in common. Such equipment includes a rearview camera, electronic stability and traction control systems, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, brake assist, an anti-theft system, and seven airbags (which include a driver’s knee airbag). However, if you go with the top-level Touring trim of the Forester, you will get the EyeSight® driver-assist technology suite, which adds advanced safety features like sway warning, pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and lane departure. None of these features are available on the Ford Escape.

To test-drive the 2018 Subaru Forester and see how it stacks up against the 2018 Ford Escape, don’t hesitate to pay us a visit to our Tallahassee, Florida location today. As the recipient of a 2017 Subaru Stellar Care Award—as well as sterling aggregated reviews on online platforms such as Google, DealerRater.com, and CarGurus—we treasure our ability to make customer satisfaction our main priority. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our Subaru specialists.

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.