On the surface, the 2021 Ford Escape and 2021 Subaru Forester seem like similar SUVs. They both have a spacious amount of room for passengers and versatile cargo capabilities. On top of that, they each come with a variety of tech features for safe and fun commuting around Missoula, MT; Kalispell, MT; Helena, MT; and Coeur d'Alene, ID.

Our Lithia Ford of Missoula team takes a closer look at the specific specs and features of the Ford Escape vs. Subaru Forester to see which model offers exactly what you want within your new SUV.

Enjoy a High-Tech Cabin

While there isn't much of a noticeable difference in the space of these two SUVs, the same can't be said about the tech their cabins feature. That is extremely evident when comparing the digital displays offered in the Escape vs. Forester.

With the 2021 Escape, there is an available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which you can configure to show you the exact driving data you want to know about. While the 2021 Forester offers an available color multifunction display, it is only 6.3 inches.  

Only the 2021 Ford Escape offers an available head-up display too. Keep alert of safety notifications, your navigation, and speed without taking your eyes off the road, since this feature will project all of that info right on your windshield.

A Look at Their Safety Features

When it comes to safety, each provides various technology systems to help keep you aware and away from potential collisions. In each, you will have a bundle of similar standard driver-assistive features. Where things really differ between the Ford Escape vs. Subaru Forester, though, is in the additional safety systems you can get.

The 2021 Escape has the added convenience and peace of mind of the available Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control. Beyond being able to keep you centered in your lane and a safe distance from the car in front of you, it can also automatically adjust your speed when the speed limit changes, thanks to its Speed Sign Recognition.

Available Active Park Assist 2.0 is another extremely helpful feature, especially when looking to park in the city. With this, the Escape can park itself into any open space, whether it's a parallel or perpendicular spot.

Performance Capabilities of the 2021 Escape vs 2021 Forester

From all-terrain and all-weather stability to smooth and efficient driving around town, these two SUVs excel in a variety of driving situations. Again, though, the Subaru is slightly limited, since it has just one engine and drivetrain option.

With the 2021 Ford Escape, you can choose among four different engines and two drivetrains. Because of that, you can enjoy either an extremely efficient ride as you get an EPA-estimated 44 city/37 highway MPG, thanks to its available Hybrid engine, or the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped and when your Escape is powered by the available 250-horsepower 2.0L EcoBoost® engine. The 2021 Subaru Forester only has a 182-horsepower 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that can tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds when properly equipped, and gets-at best-an EPA-estimated 26 city/33 highway MPG.

Time for a Test Drive!

With its performance and high-tech systems, the 2021 Ford Escape offers plenty of capabilities, as well as added safety and convenience for drivers in Missoula, Montana; Kalispell, Montana; Helena, Montana; and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Come get an up-close look at the 2021 Escape here at Lithia Ford of Missoula and contact us now to schedule a test drive, so you can experience the ride in this Ford SUV!


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