2020 Subaru Outback vs Ford Escape Comparison Information in Shingle Springs, CA

The Subaru Outback may technically fit into the SUV segment, but it's a vehicle with its own style and history. Combining the practicality of a Subaru SUV with the space and style of a wagon, the Outback is the perfect choice for people who desire to combine versatility and capability with comfort. The Subaru Outback is an impressive enough vehicle on its own, but it becomes even more stunning when you compare it to a competitor like the 2020 Ford Escape. That's just what we'll do here! Take a look at how these two SUVs compare before you head to Shingle Springs Subaru for your test drive.

Subaru Outback front three-quarters view

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Ford Escape: Design & Capacities

From the start, the station-wagon-inspired body of the Subaru Outback sets it apart from the Ford Escape, which tries to mix car and SUV styles with an odd result. But looks are just the beginning. The 2020 Subaru Outback is also, quite frankly, a better-designed vehicle. Its standard roof rails give you extra capability to carry bikes, kayaks, or other oversized gear along without taking up valuable interior space. The Ford Escape only offers roof rails as an upgrade. On the subject of saving interior space, this is another area where the Subaru outback excels. It has 109 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the Ford Escape has 104 cubic feet. While the Ford Escape does have about a cubic foot more cargo space with all seats in place, folding down the second row changes that. Doing so in the 2020 Subaru Outback yields up to 75.7 cubic feet, while the Ford Escape gets up to 65.4 cubic feet.


11.6-inch touchscreen in a Subaru Outback

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Ford Escape: Technology

The Subaru Outback is outfitted with state-of-the-art infotainment technology that's unrivaled by anything outside of luxury cars. The 2020 Ford Escape, on the other hand, seems stuck in the 20th century. Choose an entry-level Ford Escape and you'll get a static LCD display without connectivity features like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Of course, you can upgrade to an 8" touchscreen in the Ford Escape--but it's nothing like what you'll find in the Subaru Outback. At the entry level, you'll get two 7-inch touchscreens. Upgrade to a higher model and your Subaru Outback will come equipped with a high-resolution 11.6-inch touchscreen! Standard cloud-based applications and other features make the Subaru Outback the natural choice for those who want to stay comfortably connected.

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Subaru Outback driving over rocks

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Ford Escape: Performance

Both the 2020 Ford Escape offer a variety of engine choices, but the engines in the Subaru have something special: they're all BOXER® engines that provide better balance for improved handling. In addition, the available engine upgrade in the Subaru Outback is more powerful than even the most powerful engine in the Ford Escape. The Subaru Global Platform helps provide smooth and refined handling on the roads, but it's off-road performance that really sets the Subaru Outback apart.

We'll start with the obvious: the 2020 Subaru Outback comes with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. While you can get AWD with the Ford Escape, it will cost more. But AWD is just the beginning. Every 2020 Subaru Outback also comes with off-road features like X-MODE® and Hill Descent Control--features that aren't available in the Ford Escape at all. X-MODE® is a system that engages the AWD to reduce individual wheelspin and increase control on slick and tricky surfaces. The extra off-road-capable Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT model even includes a special dual-function X-MODE® system that features a Deep Snow / Mud setting.


Subaru Outback driving over off-road area

2020 Subaru Outback vs. 2020 Ford Escape: Safety

These are both safe SUVs, but Subaru goes above and beyond. The Subaru Outback offers features like LED Steering Responsive headlights, which turn with your wheels so that you'll be better able to see the path ahead of you when you take turns in the dark. Such a feature can't be found in the Ford Escape. In fact, these headlights may be part of why the 2020 Subaru Outback earned the prestigious 2020 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), while the 2020 Ford Escape earned only the 2020 Top Safety Pick award. Choosing the Subaru Outback will also get you adaptive cruise control, which is available as an upgrade only if you choose the Ford Escape.

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2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Ford Escape: Value

It's true that the 2020 Subaru Outback has a higher starting MSRP than the 2020 Ford Escape, but this is only true of the front-wheel drive model. Add AWD to a Ford Escape and you'll actually end up paying more. For more capacity, better technology, and greater capability, the Subaru Outback is remarkably affordable.

2020 Subaru Outback2020 Ford Escape
$26,645Starting MSRP*$24,885
182Standard Horsepower181
260 Horsepower / 277 lb-ft TorqueAvailable Engine Upgrade250 Horsepower / 280 lb-ft Torque
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
26 MPG City / 33 MPG HighwayFuel Economy (AWD)26 MPG City / 31 MPG Highway
StandardApple CarPlay™ / Android Auto™Available Upgrade
11.6" ScreenAvailable Multimedia Touchscreen8.0" Screen
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade
StandardPre-Collision Emergency BrakingStandard
2020 Top Safety Pick+IIHS Safety Awards2020 Top Safety Pick

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.