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Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Subaru Forester

$645
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Ford Escape

$569
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Subaru Forester Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 20th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $645 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Ford Escape Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 18th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $569 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$645
inexpensive
expensive
$569
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.45
not often
very often
0.36
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(3)
4
(20)
3
(3)
2
(0)
1
(0)
The Subaru Forester ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in body.
“Extremely practical, very roomy. Good at everything, bad at nothing. A/C could blow colder, and ride is a bit harsh, but I love this vehicle. The AWD is excellent. Superb gas milage. 30000 miles wi...”
“Extremely practical, very roomy. Good at everything, bad at nothing. A/C could blow colder, and r...”
5
(11)
4
(25)
3
(12)
2
(14)
1
(6)
The Ford Escape ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.
“2005 Ford Escape.....Biggest P.O.S. vehicle I have ever owned. YOU SUCK FORD AS USUAL. Didn't want to purchase vehicle, but I was in a pinch and needed one asap. Having to put a couple courts of o...”
“2005 Ford Escape.....Biggest P.O.S. vehicle I have ever owned. YOU SUCK FORD AS USUAL. Didn't wan...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Subaru Forester and the Ford Escape are both compact, two-row SUVs. The Forester has all-wheel drive as standard equipment, and the Escape comes with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The Forester also gives you more ground clearance (8.7 inches) than the Escape (7.9 inches).

Comparing engines, the Subaru Forester and the Ford Escape are very close. The Forester has a 170-horsepower standard engine with the option to bump up to 250 horsepower. The Escape has a standard engine with 168 horsepower and an optional engine with 245 horsepower.

Cargo space is another story. The Forester gives you 74.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. But the Escape comes up short with 66.4 cubic feet. It’s a meaningful difference if you plan to haul lots of stuff regularly. 

Making a choice between the Subaru Forester and the Ford Escape comes down to how you plan to use your compact SUV. Both have the optional power choices for towing or hauling heavy loads. But the Subaru Forester has the edge in cargo space and off-road ability.

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