2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Ford Escape SUV Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

Life in the Rocky Mountains demands a different kind of vehicle. One that's tough enough for bad weather and rough roads, yet still comfortable and practical enough for you and your family. For decades, Utahns have chosen the Subaru Outback for its durability, capability and longevity. The 2020 Subaru Outback brings all this as well as the latest comfort and technology features! The 2020 Ford Escape will make you pay more for similar functionality. The better value for life in Salt Lake City is the 2020 Subaru Outback -- and we'll prove it to you below.

Subaru Outback Split Folding Seats

2020 Subaru Outback vs. 2020 Ford Escape: Size & Capacity

Where the 2020 Ford Escape tried to be all things to all people with its not-quite-a-car, not-exactly-an-SUV shape and proportions, the 2020 Subaru Outback is simply more practical. It boasts a longer body with elegant station wagon proportions and rugged SUV styling. As a result, you get a more spacious interior! The 2020 Subaru Outback gives you 75.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded -- 10.3 cubic feet more than the 2020 Ford Escape. You also get more legroom, hiproom and shoulder room throughout the cabin! The 2020 Subaru Outback gives you 109 cubic feet of total passenger volume -- five more cubic feet than the 2020 Ford Escape.

Have more gear to carry? Standard roof rails with retractable crossbars are standard on the adventure-ready 2020 Subaru Outback. Roof rails are only available on spendy, premium trim levels of 2020 Ford Escape.


Subaru Outback Dashboard

2020 Subaru Outback vs. 2020 Ford Escape: Technology

At the entry level, you find a pair of 7" touchscreen displays inside the 2020 Subaru Outback. Complete with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for pairing your smartphone, this system is simple and intuitive to use, making every drive more connected and enjoyable. A similar system is an available upgrade on the 2020 Ford Escape -- the base Escape model comes with a static display and basic AM/FM radio. Furthermore, premium 2020 Subaru Outback trim levels get a gorgeous, portrait-oriented 11.6" touchscreen with even more functions! There's no touchscreen quite this advanced available on the 2020 Ford Escape at all.


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Subaru Outback All-Wheel Drive

2020 Subaru Outback vs. 2020 Ford Escape: Performance

On the 2020 Ford Escape, all-wheel drive is a $2,020 option. By contrast, this important feature that's especially critical here in Salt Lake City comes totally standard on the 2020 Subaru Outback! All-wheel drive delivers engine power to all four wheels, so that if any wheels are slipping, power is diverted to wheels with the best grip. The result? Better handling in the rain, snow and ice. And with standard Hill Descent Control, the 2020 Subaru Outback takes the stress out of steep descents on dusty trails and gravel roads. Hill Descent Control isn't available on the 2020 Ford Escape at all.

Furthermore, if you want even more power, the 2020 Subaru Outback XT offers up to 260 horsepower from its available turbocharged engine. That's 10 more horsepower than even the most powerful of the 2020 Ford Escape engine options!


Subaru Outback LED Headlights

2020 Subaru Outback vs. 2020 Ford Escape: Safety Awards

The 2020 Ford Escape and 2020 Subaru Outback both received the best-possible crash test scores in all tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, even the available LED headlights in the 2020 Ford Escape were deemed just "Acceptable" by the IIHS. The available steering-responsive LED headlights on the 2020 Subaru Outback received a score of "Good," earning the model the 2020 Top Safety Pick+ award! That's the most exclusive IIHS safety award, even more difficult to earn than the regular 2020 Top Safety Pick distinction received by the 2020 Ford Escape.


Subaru Outback Driver Assistance

2020 Subaru Outback vs. 2020 Ford Escape: Adaptive Cruise Control

Both these cars come standard with a suite of driver assistance features, but the 2020 Subaru Outback gives you more. Ford's Co-Pilot360™ system on the 2020 Ford Escape features standard forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane keeping assistance. On the 2020 Subaru Outback, standard Subaru EyeSight® comes with all this as well as adaptive cruise control! This system automatically modulates your speed to keep a safe distance from traffic ahead of you on the highway. And on the 2020 Ford Escape, it's only available when you pay for a higher trim level.

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Why The Subaru Outback Is The Right Choice For Life In SLC:

The 2020 Ford Escape has a starting MSRP of $24,885, which is about $1,800 less than the entry-level 2020 Subaru Outback. But keep in mind: All-wheel drive alone will cost you $2,020 on the Ford Escape. Once you add that, you'll be paying more for less capacity, less technology and less comfort than you get in the Subaru Outback! That's why you'd be wise to visit Nate Wade Subaru for your next family SUV.

2020 Subaru Outback2020 Ford Escape
$26,645Starting MSRP*$24,885
182Standard Horsepower181
260 Horsepower / 277 lb-ft TorqueAvailable Engine Upgrade250 Horsepower / 280 lb-ft Torque
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
26 MPG City / 33 MPG HighwayFuel Economy (AWD)26 MPG City / 31 MPG Highway
StandardApple CarPlay™ / Android Auto™Available Upgrade
11.6" ScreenAvailable Multimedia Touchscreen8.0" Screen
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade
StandardPre-Collision Emergency BrakingStandard
2020 Top Safety Pick+IIHS Safety Awards2020 Top Safety Pick

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.