Compare 2018 Subaru Forester vs Ford Escape | Hazle Township, PA

2018 Subaru Forester vs Ford Escape

Serving Hazle Township, PA, Kingston, and Wilkes-Barre

Compact SUVs have gained popularity over the years for great reason. Apart from the fact that these vehicles are not only affordable and provide utility, most people also look to compact SUVs because they are fuel efficient. They have enough headroom, storage space, and leg space to get the job done without feeling excessively large and bulky to drive.

Both The 2018 Subaru Forester and 2018 Ford Escape models have similarities that make them great vehicles and differences that set them apart. However, with the 2018 Subaru Forester being less expensive while providing greater fuel efficiency paired with a more powerful engine, it's hard to argue that this model year's Forester is out to make a mark.


2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Ford Escape

Starting MSRP*



Fuel Economy (City/Hwy)**

26 city / 32 hwy mpg**

21 city / 29 hwy mpg**

Standard Engine

2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER®



170 hp

168 hp


6-Speed Manual or Optional CVT

6-speed Automatic


There is no doubt that the 2018 Subaru Forester is looking to turn heads with perfect ground clearance, innovative fog lights, and responsive head lights shining the way for it's modern, sleek overall aesthetic that doesn't stray too far from the classic Forester we've come to love. When it comes to interiors, the superior comfort offered by the Subaru Forester is hard to look past. Forester provides 108.3 cubic feet of passenger space while the Ford Escape delivers a mere 98.1 cubic feet. Aside from greater space in the Forester, both models provide users with a broad range of colors.

Performance and Efficiency

The 2018 Subaru Forester comes standard with the powerhouse 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER® motor with 170 horsepower output. Married to a 6-speed manual or option CVT transmission, you can expect phenomenal acceleration and precise handling with a 174lb-ft torque spec. The Ford Escape comes in with the same sized engine, but less performance out of it with 168 horsepower and only 170lb-ft torque.

Unfortunately for the 2018 Ford Escape, it falls significantly short on fuel economy which is surprising on account of its inability to match the power output of the Forester. You can expect a fulfilling 26 city and 32 highway mpg rating out of the Forester, with only 21 city and 29 highway mpg from the Escape. This large difference, especially in city driving, could mean a major increase in fuel costs over the life of both vehicles.

2018 Subaru Forester Interior


Both vehicles offer fantastic safety feautres and amenities, though Subaru has built its brand name on not only quality and longevity, but rock-solid safety. The 2018 Forester comes standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as well as Vehicle Dynamics Control which can automatically detect a slipping wheel and apply braking force to balance out your drive and avert disaster. Of course, features that drivers have come to expect such as brake assist, tire pressure monitoring systems, and a rear view camera are all included standard as well.

Test Drive Today!

The only way to find out which of these two SUV models suits you best is to take a test drive and see the 2018 Subaru Forester in all its glory. Visit our Subaru dealership in Hazle Township, PA whenever it's convenient for you. Our team will be excited to show you all of the ins and outs of any model you seek in a very low pressure and comfortable environment.


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

**EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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