2011 Subaru
Outback 2.5i
vs. 2012 Ford
Escape XLS

2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i

10.0

starting from

$23,920

Reasons to buy the Subaru Outback 2.5i

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Less safe for the driver in head-on collisions
4 stars
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OK brakes
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Power mirrors
Standard
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
2012 Ford Escape XLS

9.2

Runner-up

Ford Escape XLS

starting from

$22,065

Reasons to buy the Ford Escape XLS

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Power locks
Standard
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Power windows
Standard
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Good city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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Good range in the city
403 miles
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Winner: Outback 2.5i
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  • The Outback 2.5i has 2.7x less risk of serious injury, 4 stars vs 2 stars
  • The Outback 2.5i has 1.7x less risk of rolling over, 4 stars vs 3 stars
  • The Outback 2.5i has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 9.9 vs 10.0
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
  • Neither has a power seat option
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Underpowered
  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Active lifestyle? The Outback 2.5i's standard roof rails for extra storage are a nice perk.
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
Overall 10.0 vs 9.2

Crash Test Ratings

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Outback 2.5i
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i
2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The Outback 2.5i is 1.7x safer than the Escape XLS
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 2 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The Outback 2.5i is 1.5x safer than the Escape XLS

Cost

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Outback 2.5i
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i
2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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MSRP $23,920 vs $22,065 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 23 mpg The Escape XLS has great city mileage and the Outback 2.5i is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

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Outback 2.5i
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2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Safety Features

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Outback 2.5i
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2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Outback 2.5i has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Outback 2.5i
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2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 171 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.9 lb/hp vs 18.9 lb/hp The Escape XLS has OK performance while the Outback 2.5i gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Outback 2.5i has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 ft vs 36.7 ft The Escape XLS can make tight turns, and the Outback 2.5i is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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Outback 2.5i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 500 miles vs 490 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 71.3 ft3 vs 66.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 57.2 ft3 vs 55.0 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Standard vs Optional Active lifestyle? The Outback 2.5i's standard roof rails for extra storage are a nice perk.
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Outback 2.5i
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2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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Number of speakers 4 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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Outback 2.5i
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i
2012 Ford Escape XLS Ford
Escape XLS
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0-60 mph 9.6 seconds vs 10.7 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 147 ft The Outback 2.5i's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Escape XLS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 18.2 s @ 79 mph vs 18.1 s @ 81 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 123 mph vs Unknown

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