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2018 Subaru Outback vs 2018 Nissan Rogue vs 2018 Ford Escape

2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Nissan Rogue

2018 Ford Escape

2.5L BOXER® 4-Cylinder

2.5L DOHC 4-Cylinder

2.5L iVCT I-4
175 HP

170 HP

168 HP
2,700 lbs (Towing Capacity)

1,102 lbs

1500 lbs
108.1 cu ft (Passenger Volume)

105.8 cu ft

98.7 cu ft

Differences Between 2018 Subaru Outback & 2018 Nissan Rogue & 2018 Ford Escape

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When it comes to functional family vehicles, space, utility, and high-tech features are essential. Three popular choices in this category include the Subaru Outback, a classic wagon, and two compact crossovers, the Nissan Rogue and the Ford Escape. The Outback boasts updated styling inside and out for the new model year, while the Rogue and Escape largely carry over from 2017. Here's how the 2018 models of these highly-rated vehicles compare with one another.

Interior Space

The Outback's interior features include:

  • More than 73 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, compared with less than 70 for the Rogue and Escape
  • Low liftover height and boxy shape that can accommodate tall items and furniture
  • Expanded rear-seat passenger headroom and legroom

Despite its wagon status, the 2018 Outback boasts more interior space than either of its SUV competitors. Although its trunk space is just slightly below that of the Rogue and the Escape, when you fold the rear seats flat it's a whole new ball game. Tall passengers fit comfortably in the Outback, while they may feel a bit cramped in the rear seat of these rivals.

2018 Subaru Outback Interior

Off-Road Capability

When it comes to rough terrain, there's no contest:

  • Outback features standard all-wheel drive
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance

If you plan to do some light trail-riding in your vehicle or just want to be able to safely hit the road in all weather conditions, the Outback is the best choice in this category. It's the only one of the three to come with standard all-wheel drive, while the Rogue and Outback both come equipped with front-wheel drive on the base models. Its ground clearance also exceeds that of competitors, making the Subaru a rugged alternative to other crossovers.

2018 Subaru Outback Exterior

Crash Test Rating

  • Outback is a Top Safety Pick+ of the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety (IIHS)
  • Outback has a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

While all three of these vehicles fared well on industry crash tests, only the Outback received consistently high scores in every area. The Escape received only an Acceptable rating from the IIHS in the Small Overlap Front category and four out of five stars from NHTSA in the Rollover category. Though it's also an IIHS Top Safety Pick, the Rogue earned just four out of five stars overall from the NHTSA.

If you think the 2018 Subaru Outback just might be the new car for you, visit us for your test drive at Proctor Subaru. Our friendly sales staff will be happy to answer all your questions about this unique wagon.

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.