SUVs have taken the world by storm, seamlessly combining power, capability, interior space, and the latest technologies. These sporty vehicles are coveted by all sorts of drivers from families who are always on the go to thrill-seekers taking on the unknown. But with so many available, which one is best for your driving needs? 

SUV shoppers in West Chester, Glen Mills, and Malvern, PA, will be thrilled to hear there's not one, but two impressively capable SUVs on the market right now. With so much to be excited about in both the 2020 Ford Escape and the 2020 Subaru Outback, how will you be able to choose between them? The team at Fred Beans Ford of West Chester is here to help.

To find out which SUV will better suit you, read our 2020 Ford Escape vs. Subaru Outback review below!

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Subaru Outback

Standard Transmission

8-speed automatic

Continuously variable automatic

EPA-Estimated MPG - City

27 MPG

26 MPG

Standard Towing Capacity

3,500 pounds

2,700 pounds

Standard Cargo Space

Up to 37.5 cubic feet

32.5 cubic feet

Blind Spot Detection



2020 Escape vs 2020 Outback: Performance

One of the most important things to look at when shopping for an SUV is what kind of performance it will provide you. Luckily enough, both the Escape and the Outback offer optional engines geared toward high performance.

When we compare standard configurations, there are a lot of similarities between these two models. Both offer engines that produce over 180 horsepower, but when we look at torque, it's a different story. The Ford 1.5L EcoBoost® generates up to 190 lb-ft of torque, which outdoes the Outback model's 176 lb-ft of torque when equipped with its standard 2.5L engine.

Additionally, the Ford Escape is standardly equipped with an Auto Stop-Start feature that works to boost efficiency by shutting the engine off when the vehicle is stopped. You won't see this feature in any of the Subaru Outback trims.

The Outback high-performing 2.4L engine, unfortunately, is only available at the highest of a total of five trim levels.

On the other hand, the Ford Escape offers three more engines to choose from. For unrivaled power, opt for the 2.0L EcoBoost®, which gives you 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Or, if elevated fuel economy is more for you, there are two hybrid engines to choose from including a plug-in option. Both receive at least 200 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque, so you won't be sacrificing power, either. The Outback isn't available with any sort of hybrid engine.

Ford vs Subaru: Towing & Capability

When it comes to moving your belongings, both the Escape and Outback have you covered. However, there are a few differences to take note of.

When standardly equipped, the Ford Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds when paired with the Class II Trailer Towing Package. This includes the equipment you need to make towing easier, but more importantly, safer as well.

If you want to reach a towing rating of 3,500 pounds in the Subaru Outback, you're going to have to move to the highest trim level. If you stick with any of the other four trims, you'll max out at a towing capacity of 2,700 pounds.

Additionally, the Outback doesn't offer the extra assurance with towing equipment and technology that is found in the Escape model's towing package.

Ford Escape vs Subaru Outback: Convenience

Having features that make driving easier than ever is everyone's dream. This is why convenience is prioritized in both the 2020 Escape and the 2020 Outback. They both offer standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats as well as available Push-to-Start, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, and dual-zone climate control system.

The latter feature gives you the ultimate customization of your Escape model's interior climate. Keep everyone on board comfortable by setting the temperature you want and letting the system do the rest. You can even set two different climate temperatures to keep everyone happy.

One Ford Escape technology feature you won't find in the Outback, however, is a hands-free, foot-activated liftgate. This feature allows you to open the rear liftgate with just a sweep of your foot under the rear bumper. This is great when you're carrying groceries or have a little one in tow.

Though the Outback does make available a power rear gate, it's not quite as impressive, as it lacks foot activation. When your hands are full and you need to get into the cargo area of the Subaru, you'll have to put it all down and get your keys out, which is less convenient.

Escape vs Outback: Safety

Safety is the most assessed aspect when buying or leasing a new vehicle. This is why both the 2020 Ford Escape and 2020 Subaru Outback put a focus on your family's safety with a suite of driving assistive features.

The 2020 Ford Escape safety features go above and beyond by making their Ford Co-Pilot360™ driving aids standard on all Escape trim levels.

This package includes some of the most highly sought-after active safety systems on the market, like Auto High-Beam Headlights, BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, Forward Collision Assist with Automatic Braking, and a Rear View Camera. These all help you avoid accidents and have a better eye on what's around you.

You'll have access to a few of these features in the 2020 Subaru Outback with their EyeSight® Driver Assistive Technologies. This includes Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Keeping Assist, but for added assurance through Blind Spot Detection and Cross-Traffic Alert, you'll have to move to a higher trim to receive them.

2020 Ford Escape vs Subaru Outback: The Verdict

As you can see, there's plenty to be excited about when it comes to the 2020 Ford Escape and the 2020 Subaru Outback. However, we at Fred Beans Ford of West Chester believe that drivers in West Chester, Glen Mills, and Malvern, Pennsylvania, will appreciate the Escape model's standard power, impressive convenience features, and advanced safety and capability. Read the rest of our Escape reviews and comparisons to learn even more!

Give us a call or contact us online today to schedule a test drive. Come down to the dealership to see what the Escape is capable of for yourself.

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