2019 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Escape SE/SEL/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 Sport doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Escape 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 collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and 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 Sport:



Rogue Sport


5 Stars

4 Stars




5 Stars

5 Stars







4 Stars

2 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

175 lbs.

260 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

453/192 lbs.

328/396 lbs.

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


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 Escape’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Rogue Sport isn’t in the top three in its category.

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.


The Escape’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 27 more horsepower (168 vs. 141) and 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (170 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Escape’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 38 more horsepower (179 vs. 141) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Escape Titanium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 104 more horsepower (245 vs. 141) and 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport:


Escape 4 cyl.

Escape 1.5 turbo

Rogue Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.1 sec

8.9 sec

9.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

16.7 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.9 MPH

82.4 MPH

80.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape EcoBoost’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 Escape has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue Sport (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 Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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



Escape EcoBoost

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

The Escape stops much shorter than the Rogue Sport:



Rogue Sport


60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Rogue Sport (235/55R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Escape’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue Sport (235/55R17 vs. 225/45R19).

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 Sport S’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue Sport S.

Suspension and Handling

The Escape 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 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 Sport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the Rogue Sport (105.9 inches vs. 104.2 inches).

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Rogue Sport (7.8 vs. 7.4 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


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 Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Escape has 2.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue Sport (98.7 vs. 96).

The Escape has .3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 3.9 inches more rear legroom and 5.5 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape’s rear seats recline. The Rogue Sport’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat up (34 vs. 22.9 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 61.1 cubic feet).

The Escape’s cargo area is larger than the Rogue Sport’s in almost every dimension:



Rogue Sport

Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Escape SEL/Titanium has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Escape Titanium, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a power liftgate.


The Escape has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Rogue Sport has no towing capacity.


When three different drivers share the Escape (except S), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape (except S)’s optional 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 Sport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the Rogue Sport 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 Sport prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rogue Sport’s passenger windows don’t open or close 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/SEL/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost NissanConnect can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s optional 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 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 Sport has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SV/SL.

The Escape’s optional 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.

The Escape Titanium’s 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 Sport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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