Ford Escape vs. Subaru Outback

The 2018 Ford Escape is one of the most popular midsize SUVs for drivers looking for a fun and reliable vehicle that has enough room for their cargo. At Richmond Ford West, we've showed this vehicle to plenty of our friends in the Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump areas. However, some of our friends asked us if the Subaru Outback was a better choice. We decided to take a closer look to see which vehicle is the better choice for drivers.

This Ford Escape vs. Subaru Outback comparison is going to cover a few factors to show you how these two midsize SUVs compare. We'll be exploring the entertainment and technology, the style and design, and the safety features. By seeing the differences between these two vehicles, you'll be able to tell which one is better fit for you.


2018 Ford Escape vs. 2018 Subaru Outback: Entertainment & Technology

 When it comes to entertainment features, both vehicles provide their respective drivers with plenty of options. Each vehicle features a dashboard-mounted screen, with the Ford Escape and its SYNC® system and the Subaru Outback with its STARLINK™ system. Each of these systems provide easy access to the media options; however, the SYNC® system in the Ford Escape features voice recognition, which lets the driver access their preferred media options while keeping their hands on the wheel.

  • The Ford Escape features six speakers, and the Subaru Outback features four speakers.
  • Each vehicle features USB and auxiliary connections for external media devices.
  • Both vehicles offer a trial subscription of SiriusXM®, but the Ford Escape trial lasts for six months and the Subaru Outback trial is only for four months.

Learn more about all the technology features in the Ford Escape here!

Style & Design

The Ford Escape and the Subaru Outback couldn't look any more different. Despite being in the same automotive class, there are clear visual distinctions that can really affect your decision of which vehicle seems right for you.

The Escape embodies the midsize SUV appearance, with its commanding presence, spacious cabin, and tall stature. The Subaru Outback, on the other hand, seems more like a wagon-inspired vehicle. It's relatively low to the ground, and it doesn't carry the authoritative caliber that the 2018 Escape has.

Ford Escape vs. Subaru Outback: Safety Features

 Both midsize SUVs offer similar safety features. Each vehicle features stability and traction control for more precise and stable maneuvering when traveling over slick roads. Both vehicles even feature advanced airbag systems that measure the force of impact to know how much to inflate the airbags. However, there are a few notable differences to look out for.

  • The Escape also includes a driver's knee airbag to provide additional collision protection.
  • The 2018 Escape features the SOS Post-Crash Alert System™, which unlocks the doors, cuts off the engine, and activates the emergency flashers after a crash. A similar feature is available with the Subaru Outback after an upgrade.

Interested in the towing capabilities of the Ford Escape? Click here to learn more!

Find Out More About the 2018 Ford Escape at Richmond Ford West

Did this Ford Escape vs. Subaru Outback comparison provide you with the information you were looking for on how each of these vehicles differ from each other? At Richmond Ford West, you can easily browse our online inventory and we'd be happy to give you a closer look at the Ford Escape, so you can see all the advantages that it has.

We're always happy to help our friends in the Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump areas make the decisions that's right for them. Schedule a test drive for the 2018 Ford Escape today.


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