2019 Ford EcoSport vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the EcoSport and the Rogue Sport 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, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, 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 EcoSport is safer than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

 

EcoSport

Rogue Sport

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

325

398

Chest Compression

.5 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk

38%

65%

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

260 lbs.

Neck Compression

74 lbs.

78 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

329/236 lbs.

328/396 lbs.

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

Warranty

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the EcoSport’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

Engine

The EcoSport’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 25 more horsepower (166 vs. 141) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (149 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the EcoSport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The EcoSport 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 Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

EcoSport

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.65 inches

The EcoSport stops shorter than the Rogue Sport:

 

EcoSport

Rogue Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The EcoSport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rogue Sport S’ standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

The EcoSport SES 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The EcoSport SES 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (28.7 seconds @ .56 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the EcoSport’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Rogue Sport’s (35 feet vs. 36.9 feet).

Chassis

The Ford EcoSport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 200 pounds less than the Nissan Rogue Sport.

The EcoSport is 11.1 inches shorter than the Rogue Sport, making the EcoSport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The EcoSport has .1 inches more front legroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom and 4 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue Sport.

Towing

The EcoSport has a 1400 lbs. towing capacity. The Rogue Sport has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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

The EcoSport Titanium/SES’ standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rogue Sport’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The EcoSport 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 Sport has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SV/SL.

The EcoSport Titanium/SES’ standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

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