Subaru XV Crosstrek vs Ford Escape

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John Diether has been a professional writer, editor, and producer since 1997. His work can be found on TV, radio, web, and various publications throughout the world.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a 1992 Cadillac Brougham d’Elegance in his garage. 


, Automotive Editor - September 6, 2016

The crossover segment is the most hotly contested in the automotive industry, even more so when it comes to compact models. Subaru entered fray a few years ago with the Crosstrek, while Ford has been cranking out the Escape for some fifteen years.

Can the relative newcomer from Subaru measure up to the stalwart Escape?

See a side-by-side comparison of the XV Crosstrek & Escape »

What the XV Crosstrek Gets Right

As you might expect from a compact crossover bearing the Subaru name, the Crosstrek offers distinctive character to go with its efficiency and all-wheel drive capability. All models are powered by a 148-horsepower 2-liter four-cylinder engine, paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The Crosstrek is based on the latest Impreza, but rides three inches higher and carries a beefier suspension. You get 22 cubic feet of flat load space behind the rear seats, which grows to 52 cubic feet when they're folded.

What the Escape Gets Right

The current Escape started gaining praise from the moment it debuted. Along with expressive styling inside and out, the Escape boasts responsive handling and overall nimbleness that make it a very satisfying daily driver. High-quality materials are deployed throughout the cabin, and the sweeping dashboard is exceptionally attractive and functional.

Fuel economy is quite good with any of the three available four-cylinder engines. The top choice, a 240-horsepower
2-liter turbo, delivers a potent combo of power and efficiency.

The Best of Both

The Crosstrek comes standard with Subaru's stellar all-wheel drive system and is priced lower than the Escape when comparably equipped. The Escape counters with more cargo space, a sophisticated interior, and a choice of engines.

Our Verdict: Ford Escape

If you're looking for something different, by all means check out the Crosstrek. But if you're like most crossover buyers, you'll be happier spending your money on a shiny new Escape.

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, Automotive Editor

John Diether has been a professional writer, editor, and producer since 1997. His work can be found on TV, radio, web, and various publications throughout the world.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a 1992 Cadillac Brougham d’Elegance in his garage. 


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