2017 Subaru Outback vs Ford Escape

The 2017 Subaru Outback vs. Ford Escape are both strong, capable crossover SUVs with plenty of room for the whole family along with all of their cargo. How do you know which will best suit the needs of your own family, though?

This comparison will help you to better understand the features and capabilities of each of these vehicles, so you can decide which to explore further. Contact us with any questions you have while reading.

2017 Subaru Outback

2017 Ford Escape

Maximum Power

256 horsepower

245 horsepower

EPA-Estimated MPG (City/Highway)



Standard Display Screen

6.2-inch touchscreen


Rear Legroom

38.1 inches

37.3 inches

Maximum Cargo Space

73.3 cubic feet

68 cubic feet














Overview: 2017 Subaru Outback vs Ford Escape

 With five roomy seats and lots of cargo space for your sports gear, groceries, or backpacks for school, both SUVs are top-notch options if you're searching for a happy medium between passenger space and cargo space.

Each of these vehicles is full of advanced technology to make your life more convenient. Both the 2017 Subaru Outback and the Ford Escape feature a standard rearview camera that makes backing out of parking spots and parallel parking a cinch-and who doesn't want parallel parking to be easier?

Each is also equipped with Bluetooth®, so you can safely speak on the phone hands-free. Plus, with the USB ports, you can play music right from your device and keep your phone charged. The Outback comes standard with a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while the Escape comes with a 4.2-inch display screen that does not respond to touch commands, making it feel slightly outdated and less user-friendly.

Comfortable Space for All

The 2017 Subaru Outback and Ford Escape each offer roomy interiors that are even comfortable for passengers over six feet tall. Front shoulder room for broad-shouldered passengers is 58.1 inches in the 2017 Outback and 55.9 inches in the Escape.

Leg room in the back seats measure 38.1 inches in the Subaru and 37.3 inches in the Ford, so even adult backseat passengers will have room to stretch out.

Cargo Capacity: Subaru Outback vs Ford Escape

With all seats in place, the 2017 Subaru offers 35.5 cubic feet of space for cargo, while the 2017 Ford delivers 34 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Both vehicles have 60/40 folding back seats that can be flattened to increase cargo space significantly.

The Subaru Outback has a spacious 73.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the back seats folded, while the Ford Escape has only 68 cubic feet of space. Cargo space may be an important consideration if you need to transport luggage for a trip or a week's worth of groceries for the whole family.

Choose Your SUV: Subaru Outback vs Ford Escape

These SUVs are both decked out with notable features to suit your family's needs. Now that you have more information about each option, you can decide which to further explore.

The experts at Fred Beans Subaru believe that our customers in Doylestown and Philadelphia will appreciate the vast cargo space, intuitive technology, and large interior of the 2017 Subaru Outback.

To learn more about the 2017 Outback, contact us to schedule a test drive and we'll show you what the Outback can do.

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