Vehicle Comparisons:
2017 Ford Escape vs Subaru Outback

When drivers in Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte are in the market for a new car, there are a number of features they are looking for, including performance and safety. With increasing popularity, the compact SUV is one of the top classes to shop for.

In this comparison, the team from The Lake Dealerships will take a look at two specific models in this class: the 2017 Ford Escape and the 2017 Subaru Outback. It will review some of the features in both vehicles to help determine which is best for your needs.

Ford Escape vs. Subaru Outback: Engine Performance

2017 Ford Escape vs. 2017 Subaru OutbackSubaru offers two engine options for the Outback: a 175-horsepower 2.5L four-cylinder engine for base models, and an optional 265-horsepower 3.65L four-cylinder engine in upper models. Both provide automatic transmission. While the base engine provides mileage of 25 mpg city/32 highway, the optional engine sees these numbers decrease to 20/27.

Ford’s Escape, has a base 168-horsepower 2.5L four-cylinder automatic engine with front wheel drive and mileage of 21 mpg city/29 highway. Two other options are available:

  • A 179-horsepower turbocharged 1.5L automatic (23/30 mpg)
  • A 245-horsepower turbocharged 2.0L automatic (22/29 mpg)

Each vehicle also received high marks for handling and steering.

Escape vs. Outback: Safety Features

Each vehicle has received high marks from both Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While the Subaru Outback received good ratings from the IIHS for all five safety points, the Ford Escape has an acceptable rating for the newer, small-overlap front crash test. Both models received similar marks from the NHTSA, with each receiving five-star grades for front and side protection, and four-star grades for rollover.

Both cars also offer a variety of safety features. The Outback has driver-assist technology, which monitors traffic and pre-collision braking, along with blind spot detection and cross-traffic alert. The Escape includes many of the listed features as well as other safety options. These include the following:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Enhanced Active Park Assist
  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Driver Alert System
  • Curve Control

Escape vs. Outback: Interior Features

2017 Ford Escape vs. 2017 Subaru OutbackThe Subaru Outback has a number of standard features, including room for five, a rearview camera, HD Radio, and a 6.2-inch touchscreen with smartphone compatibility. Additional options include leather seats, push-button seats, and many of the above listed safety features, such as blind spot monitoring.

For the Escape, Ford’s SYNC system is included with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support for iPhones and Android smartphones. Much like the Outback, a rearview camera and five-person seating is standard. Featured options include:

  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Remote push-button start
  • Automatic parking assist with front and rear parking sensors

Test Drive The 2017 Ford Escape

While both the Outback and the Escape offer a variety of impressive driving features, the 2017 Ford Escape delivers superior performance, safety, and technology—all at a great value. At The Lake Dealerships, we carry the Ford Escape in several models, each with the options that best fit the needs of drivers in the Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte area.

Learn more about the car by visiting our dealership to set up a test drive, or contact us online today.