North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Near Calhoun, GA

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2017 Ford Escape

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2016 Subaru Crosstrek

Safety Comparison

The Escape Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Escape’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Subaru Crosstrek has a metal gas tank.

Both the Escape and the Crosstrek have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Subaru Crosstrek:





4 Stars

4 Stars




Leg Forces (l/r)

233/311 lbs.

338/730 lbs.



4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

244 lbs.

Neck Compression

106 lbs.

109 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Subaru Crosstrek:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.6 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

212 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

358 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

649 lbs.

650 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

707 lbs.

1048 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape first among compact SUVs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Crosstrek isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Escape has more powerful engines than the Crosstrek:



Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

170 lbs.-ft.

Escape 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

179 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Crosstrek 2.0i 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

148 HP

145 lbs.-ft.

Crosstrek Hybrid 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

160 HP

163 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Escape EcoBoost is faster than the Crosstrek Hybrid (automatics tested):

Escape 1.6

Escape 2.0


Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

2.9 sec

4.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.9 sec

8.2 sec

10.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.5 sec

5.2 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

16.3 sec

17.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Escape has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (15.7 vs. 13.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escape’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Crosstrek:


Escape EcoBoost


Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

11 inches

10.8 inches

The Escape stops shorter than the Crosstrek:



60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Crosstrek (235/55R17 vs. 225/55R17).

The Escape’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Crosstrek’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Crosstrek’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Crosstrek’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Crosstrek (105.9 inches vs. 103.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escape is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Crosstrek.

The Escape’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.5% to 42.5%) than the Crosstrek’s (59% to 41%). This gives the Escape more stable handling and braking.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Crosstrek 2.0i Premium pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Crosstrek 2.0i Premium (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .1 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Crosstrek.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape SE/Titanium’s rear seats recline. The Crosstrek’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Crosstrek with its rear seat up (34 vs. 22.3 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Crosstrek with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 51.9 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape’s cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Escape also (except S) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the Escape Titanium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape Titanium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the Crosstrek have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escape is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Crosstrek prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Crosstrek’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Crosstrek’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Escape has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Crosstrek has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Limited/Hybrid.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Escape Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Escape has standard extendable sun visors. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Escape Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Escape SE/Titanium’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Escape and the Crosstrek offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Crosstrek because it costs $153 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Crosstrek, including $214 less for a water pump, $85 less for an alternator, $15 less for front brake pads, $321 less for a starter, $172 less for fuel injection, $99 less for a fuel pump, $318 less for front struts and $21 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Escape, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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