Crossovers have been gaining fast popularity in the Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster areas over the past several years and for good reason. These vehicles are optimally versatile, providing a smooth drive while giving you that extra oomph you crave behind the wheel. Plus, there's a ton of models to choose from in this class.

Two that top the charts are the Subaru Outback and the Ford Escape. These strong and capable crossover SUVs offer plenty of room for the whole family along with innovative technologies, expansive cargo space, and intuitive safety systems. However, how do you know which one will best suit the needs of your own family?

In this 2020 Subaru Outback vs. Ford Escape comparison, the team at Fred Beans Subaru will help you better understand the features and capabilities of each of these vehicles, so you can decide which one to explore further. Let's jump right in! Feel free to contact us with any questions you have while reading.

2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Ford Escape

Maximum Horsepower (HP)

260 HP

250 HP

Standard Transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission

8-speed automatic transmission

Standard Dashboard Display Screen

7-inch touchscreen

4.2-inch LCD screen

Available Sound System

12 speakers

10 speakers

Maximum Cargo Space

75.7 cubic feet

65.4 cubic feet

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Ford Escape: Technology & Entertainment

Technology is important while on the go and, luckily, both of these vehicles are full of advanced features to make your life more convenient.

Both the 2020 Subaru Outback and the 2020 Ford Escape feature a standard rear-vision camera that makes backing out of parking spots and parallel parking a cinch. And let's face it, who doesn't want parallel parking to be easier?

Both of these crossovers are also equipped with Bluetooth® capability, so you can safely speak on the phone hands-free while keeping your hands on the wheel. Plus, with the USB ports, you can play music right from your device and keep your phone charged. However, though these two models offer a lot of similar features, there are some differences to take note of as well.

For example, the Outback comes standard with the STARLINK® dual 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This features systems like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, Pandora®, and SiriusXM® All Access Radio with Travel Link®. This elevates everything from connectivity and entertainment to navigation.   

On the other hand, 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. Additionally, if you want features like SiriusXM®, advanced navigation, and smartphone support, you'll have to upgrade to the available SYNC® 3 system that comes with an 8-inch touchscreen. Unfortunately, this is only available after the base-level trim.

The 2020 Outback also gives you a chance to upgrade with its available STARLINK® Multimedia Plus system that comes equipped with a whopping 11.6-inch touchscreen. You can also take your on-the-road tunes to the next level with the available Harman Kardon premium audio system that boasts 12 perfectly placed speakers. The most speakers you'll find in the Escape is 10. 

2020 Outback vs 2020 Escape: Interior & Cargo Space

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

The 2020 Subaru Outback and the 2020 Ford Escape both offer roomy interiors that are comfortable even for passengers over six feet tall. However, broad-shouldered passengers may feel more comfortable in the Subaru Outback as it offers 58.1 inches of shoulder room in the front seats and 57.4 inches in the rear seats. On the other hand, the Escape only offers 57.6 inches of shoulder room in the front and 56 inches in the back.

Additionally, the Outback also boasts more passenger room in general as well as a larger cargo space. When all of the seats are upright, everyone on board will have a generous 109 cubic feet to enjoy, while the Ford Escape's passenger volume maxes out at 104 cubic feet.

However, both vehicles have 60/40-split folding back seats that can be flattened to increase cargo space significantly. The Subaru Outback has a spacious 75.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the back seats folded, while the Ford Escape has only 65.4 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.

Subaru Outback Interior Review

Subaru Outback Dimensions Review

Bonus: Outback vs Escape Performance

When it comes to what's under the hood, the 2020 Outback and the 2020 Escape have a lot of parallels. Their standard engines generate a similar horsepower (182 HP for the Outback, 181 for the Escape), and they both have a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

However, when we compare upgraded powertrains, things take a turn. Available for the Subaru Outback is the robust 2.4L turbocharged engine that supplies up to 260 HP. The upgraded engine for the Ford Escape-the 2.0L EcoBoost®-comes in with slightly less power, only getting up to 250 HP.

Additionally, both of these Escape engines come paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. While that drivetrain is sure to achieve seamless shifting and control, it doesn't compare to the standard transmission in the Outback: the Continuously Variable Transmission. This offers guess-free shifting and lightning-quick acceleration for an always-enjoyable commute.

Subaru Outback Performance Specs

Choose Your SUV: 2020 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 one to explore further.

The experts at Fred Beans Subaru believe that our customers in Doylestown, Warminster, and Philadelphia will appreciate the vast cargo space, intuitive technology, large interior, and elevated performance of the 2020 Subaru Outback.

Still, you don't have to take our word for it. To learn more about the 2020 Outback, contact us to schedule a test drive, and we'll show you what this incredible crossover can really do!


More Outback Comparisons:

Subaru Outback vs Chevy Equinox

Subaru Outback vs Honda CR-V

Subaru Outback vs Subaru Forester

Make an Inquiry

Fred Beans Subaru

854 N. Easton Road
Directions Doylestown, PA 18902

  • Sales: 8556172987
  • Service: 215-340-7959
  • Parts: 215-340-7959


  • Monday 09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Tuesday 09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Wednesday 09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Thursday 09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Friday 09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Saturday 09:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed