The Subaru Outback gets rave reviews from many trusted sources, but how exactly does it stack up against the competition? In this article, learn more about the 2021 Subaru Outback, the car Consumer Reports calls "simply a smart choice" and how it compares to the Ford EcoSport.

What Cars are Similar to a Ford EcoSport?

The Ford EcoSport is a two-row SUV designed for "carefree, everyday driving,'' according to Ford. U.S. News & World Report classifies the EcoSport as a subcompact SUV, though it also could be considered a Crossover SUV. Other vehicles in this category are the Hyundai Kona or the Kia Soul. The 2021 Subaru Outback is also a two-row SUV sometimes categorized as a Crossover SUV. In this article, we will focus on the similarities and differences between the Subaru Outback and the Ford EcoSport.


Which is Better, the 2021 Subaru Outback vs Ford Ecosport?

The Outback is tough to beat in any category, but it easily bests the Ford EcoSport with more room, better overall safety, higher quality cabin materials, and more and better features for performance and style. U.S. News & World Reports gives the 2021 Subaru Outback a total overall score of 8.2/10 versus 6.3 for the EcoSport. Although the Outback starts out with a higher price tag ($26,795 vs. $20,395), the Outback comes with the choice of a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 182 horsepower or a 2.4-liter turbocharged version with 260 horsepower. The Ford EcoSport has only one option which is a 1.0-liter inline 3-cylinder engine with 123 horsepower. The Outback also comes standard with all-wheel drive versus front-wheel drive on the EcoSport. Fuel economy is similar for city driving (26 mpg for the 2021 Subaru Outback versus 27 mpg for the 2021 Ford EcoSport), but the Outback is much better on the highway (33 mpg for the Outback versus 29 for the EcoSport). 

Which is Bigger, the 2021 Subaru Outback vs Ford Ecosport?

Whether bigger is better or not is subject to debate, but the Outback is certainly bigger than the Ford EcoSport, and in all the right places. It is longer (191.3 inches versus 161.3), taller (66.4 versus 64.8), and roomier too. The 2021 Subaru Outback boasts 109 cubic feet of passenger volume versus 91.1 on the EcoSport, with the Outback having more inches of cabin space in nearly every category. And if you are looking for cargo space, the Outback crushes the EcoSport with 75.7, 32.5, and 32.5 cubic feet of cargo space to seats 1,2, and 3 versus 55.3, 20.8, and 20.8 on the EcoSport. That's a lot of extra gear to pack!

Which is Safer, the 2021 Subaru Outback vs Ford Ecosport? 

Knowing that you and your passengers are safe on the road is important, and the Outback offers the best of the best in vehicle safety with standard features that the Ford EcoSport doesn't offer. Missing from the Ford EcoSport are auto-leveling headlights, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist, all standard features on the 2021 Subaru Outback, which keep the driver focused on the road ahead and aid in crash prevention. Features like these help earn the Subaru Outback a 9.8 safety rating according to U.S. News & World Reports and a Top Safety Pick Plus by the IIHS. The Ford EcoSport simply can't match it.

Is The 2021 Subaru Outback a Good Car?

With standard all-wheel drive, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, a roomy, high quality interior with plenty of cargo space, unparalleled safety features, and a choice of 2.5-liter flat 4-cylinder engine with 182 horsepower or turbocharged 2.4-liter boasting 260 horsepower, the Subaru Outback has a lot of desirable features. All of these things add up to a car that is better than good. All of these are features of the 2021 Subaru Outback, which was included on Consumer Reports' list of "10 Top Picks of 2021: Best Cars of the Year."

Why is the 2021 Subaru Outback so Popular?

With the styling and exceptional features of the Subaru Outback, it is no wonder that it is so popular. The great thing about the Outback and Subarus in general is that they combine all of the best elements of a car suitable for everyday driving - safety, fuel economy, comfort - with performance and design features that allow you to spend your weekends exploring mountain trails. This is why Consumer Reports described the 2021 Subaru Outback as a "do-it-all vehicle with broad appeal and hiking boot styling."

To learn more about the Subaru Outback, contact Rafferty Subaru to schedule a test drive and see for yourself why so many won't settle for less than a Subaru.

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