2021 Subaru Forester
Features & Specs
2021 Ford Escape
City: 26 MPG Hwy: 33 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 26 MPG Hwy: 31 MPG
182 hp @ 5800 rpm
181 hp @ 6000 rpm
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
8-Speed Automatic
Leather Seats
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2021 Subaru Forester vs Ford Escape

The Subaru Forester and the Ford Escape are in the compact, two-row SUV categories. The 2021 Subaru Forester comes standard with an all-wheel-drive, the Escape comes standard with a front-wheel drive, but you have the option of all-wheel drive. The Forester provided more ground clearance with 8.7 inches, whereas the Escape is only 7.9 inches. When you choose between the Forester or the Escape, the decision comes down to how you plan to use your compact SUV. Both have the optional power choices for towing or hauling heavy loads. However, the Subaru Forester has the edge as a recent Best Car To Buy winner. The 2021 Subaru Forester gains big wins in utility and safety classes as one of our most recommended crossover SUVs.

2021 Subaru Forester Power & Handling

The 2021 Subaru Forester is the only non-luxury compact SUV that offers all-wheel drive standards on all models. The Subaru's all-wheel-drive system provides stability and delivers flawless power delivery for maximum traction in any weather or road condition. The Forester offers superior handling, improved efficiency, and a faster response to road conditions than its competitors' systems. The 2021 Subaru Forester comes with the Subaru Boxer engine combined with the Lineartronic CVT transmission. This setup is how the Forester achieves a fuel-efficient 33 MPG highway and over 540 miles of driving range. The 2.5-liter DOHC engine comes with 182 hp.

2021 Ford Escape Power & Handling

The 2021 Ford Escape comes standard with a 1.5L EcoBoost with an 8-Speed Automatic Transmission, front-wheel drive is standard in the base model, but you do have the option for all-wheel drive.

2021 Subaru Forester Features & Design

The Subaru Forester offers five trim levels, all of which come standard with all-wheel drive and provide an impressive fuel economy of MPG 33/26. The entry-level being the Forester, which comes with a lot of standard options. The EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, the Subaru Starlink system, and the LED Steering Responsive Headlights are most impressive. Premium is next, adding in keyless access with a push-button start and a sliding panoramic moonroof. The Forester Sport is third in the trim level lineup, built on the previous models by adding Dual-function X-MODE with Hill Descent Control, Blind-Spot Detection / Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and SI-DRIVE engine management system. The Limited comes with the same safety features as the Sport but adds a little more luxury with leather seats and a rear power gate. The Forester Touring is a fully loaded model with an exclusive saddle brown leather seat, All-Weather Package with heated front and rear seats.

2021 Ford Escape Features & Design

The Ford Escape offers just four trim levels. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Escape base model, but you do have the option to get an all-wheel drive. The S model is the base which comes with features like a 4.2-inch central display screen, 17-inch steel wheels, a 6-speaker sound system, and a height-adjustable driver's seat. The upper trims levels are the SE, SEL, and Titanium. Which offers features like two USB ports in the second row, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple and Android integration, keyless entry and ignition, parking sensors, LED headlights, ambient lighting, front parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an automated parking system, larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, and remote engine start.


The Ford Escape is a capable crossover SUV with available options. However, it is clear to see that Subaru Forester has the upper hand as a recent Best Car To Buy winner. The 2021 Subaru Forester notches big wins in utility and safety as one of our most recommended crossover SUVs. If you are interested in test driving the 2021 Subaru Forester and are in the greater Philadelphia area, stop into Reedman-Toll Subaru today. We can't wait to show you all the Forester has to offer.

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