Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Nissan Rogue Near Peoria, AZ

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 Nissan Rogue

Safety Comparison

The Escape Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Rogue doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Escape and the Rogue have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

 

Escape

Rogue

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

243

294

Leg Forces (l/r)

233/311 lbs.

856/397 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

47%

63%

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

235 lbs.

Neck Compression

106 lbs.

109 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

453/192 lbs.

393/402 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

 

Escape

Rogue

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

202 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

477 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

649 lbs.

783 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

357

547

Hip Force

707 lbs.

784 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Rogue isn’t in the top three.

Engine Comparison

The Escape has more powerful engines than the Rogue:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Escape 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

179 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Rogue 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

170 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Rogue Hybrid 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

176 HP

n/a

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl.:

 

Escape

Rogue

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Escape has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue (15.7 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Rogue doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escape EcoBoost’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Rogue:

 

Escape EcoBoost

Rogue

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.84 inches

The Escape stops shorter than the Rogue:

 

Escape

Rogue

 

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Rogue (235/55R17 vs. 225/65R17).

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rogue S/SV/Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rogue SL’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Rogue’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Rogue doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Rogue SL AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Escape is 6.4 inches shorter than the Rogue, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Rogue doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .1 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area than the Rogue with its rear seat up (34 vs. 9.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Escape has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Rogue doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Escape Titanium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rogue doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the Rogue have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escape is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rogue prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Escape’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes fully with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Rogue’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to open or close it. The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches. With the Rogue SV/SL’s power windows, only the driver’s window opens or closes automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Rogue doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Rogue’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Escape has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Rogue has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SV/SL.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Rogue doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Rogue doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $275 less than the Rogue over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Rogue because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Rogue, including $123 less for a water pump, $313 less for an alternator, $7 less for front brake pads, $152 less for a starter, $314 less for fuel injection, $378 less for a fuel pump, $26 less for front struts, $410 less for a timing belt/chain and $651 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Rogue isn’t in the top three.

The Ford Escape outsold the Nissan Rogue by 7% during 2015.

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