2014 Subaru Forester XT Review Compared to Ford Escape
Best Reason to Buy: Driving position & visibility Many manufacturers, in making their compact crossovers sleeker and swoopier, seem to have forgotten why many buyers buy crossovers in the first place. Not Subaru. The new Forester's windshield isn't laid way back. Its roof is high, but its beltline (base of the windows) isn't, and doesn't sweep dramatically upward until its last few inches. The pillars separating the new Forester's unfashionably large windows, even those at the back, are thin by current standards. Add it all up, and visibility is outstanding in all directions. This said, as in any crossover the base of the rear window is high enough that low objects (such as small children and bicycles) aren't visible through it. A rearview camera is standard on all but the least expensive Forester model.
In the more stylish Ford Escape, the view forward is dominated by a deep instrument panel and the view rearward is constrained by a raked beltline and thick triangular D-pillars.
Best Reason Not to Buy: Handling The redesigned Subaru Forester doesn't handle badly. Far from it. It steers easily, and handles safely and predictably. Driving the new Forester could hardly be more pleasant. But, even with the XT's sport suspension it doesn't feel sporty or especially fun. For that the Escape is a better choice. If power isn't a consideration, the Mazda and Toyota also feel more taut and responsive.
Other Reasons to Buy: Price or payments, Rear seat room & comfort, Ride smoothness, Powertrain performance
Other Reasons Not to Buy: Interior styling, Exterior styling, Controls and instruments