2018 Ford Escape vs Subaru Outback

SUV shoppers in West Chester, Glen Mills, and Malvern 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 2018 Ford Escape and the 2018 Subaru Outback, how will you be able to choose between them?

Escape vs Outback: Performance

Both the Escape and the Outback offer optional engines geared towards high performance.

The Outback's high-performing 3.6L V6 engine, unfortunately, is only available in the top two of a total six trim levels. This not only means you'll have to upgrade quite a bit to access it, but you'll also max out at 175 horsepower in most of the Outback's trim levels. As for the Escape, you'll have either a 179-horsepower 1.5L EcoBoost® engine or a 245-horsepower 2.0L EcoBoost® engine in six out of its seven trim levels.

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's trims.

Escape vs Outback: Convenience

Convenience is prioritized in both the 2018 Escape and the 2018 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 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 feature you won't find in the Outback 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. When your hands are full and you need to get into the Outback, you'll have to put it all down and get our keys out.

Escape vs Outback: Safety

The 2018 Ford Escape goes above and beyond when it comes to safety by offering the Ford Safe and Smart™ Package. This package includes some of the most highly sought-after active safety systems on the market like Auto High-Beam Headlights, BLIS® (Blind Sport Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Forward Collision Control with Brake Support.

You'll have access to a few of these features in the 2018 Subaru Outback including Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, which use sensors to monitor spots in your vision that you may not be able to see so well. However, you will miss out on the other features including Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers.

Ford Escape vs Subaru Outback: The Verdict

As you can see, there's plenty to be excited about when it comes to the 2018 Ford Escape and the 2018 Subaru Outback. However, we at Fred Beans Ford of West Chester believe drivers in West Chester, Glen Mills, and Malvern will appreciate the Escape's standard power, impressive convenience features, and advance safety.

Don't take our word for it! Give us a call today to schedule a test drive and come down to the dealership to see what the Escape is capable of for yourself.

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Fred Beans Ford of West Chester

1155 West Chester Pike
Directions West Chester, PA 19382

  • Sales: (610) 696-4700
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  • Friday 8:30AM - 7:30PM
  • Saturday 8:30AM - 5:00PM
  • Sunday Closed
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