2019 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2019 Ford EcoSport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Rogue Sport are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Rogue Sport has standard Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The EcoSport doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rogue Sport SV/SL has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The EcoSport doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Rogue Sport SV/SL’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Rogue Sport (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The EcoSport only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Rogue Sport and the EcoSport 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 and available all wheel drive.

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

 

Rogue Sport

EcoSport

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

36%

Neck Stress

224 lbs.

403 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

163/130 lbs.

495/441 lbs.

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

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 4 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

The Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (141 vs. 123) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (147 vs. 125) than the EcoSport’s standard 1.0 turbo 3 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue Sport is faster than the Ford EcoSport 4 cyl.:

 

Rogue Sport

EcoSport

Zero to 30 MPH

3.8 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

10.3 sec

10.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.2 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.9 sec

18.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80 MPH

79 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue Sport gets better fuel mileage than the EcoSport:

 

 

 

MPG

Rogue Sport

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

EcoSport

 

FWD

1.0 turbo 3 cyl.

27 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Rogue Sport uses regular unleaded gasoline. The EcoSport with the 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Rogue Sport has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the EcoSport (14.5 vs. 13.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Nissan Rogue Sport higher (5 out of 10) than the Ford EcoSport (3 to 5). This means the Rogue Sport produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the EcoSport every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Rogue Sport has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Rogue Sport’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the EcoSport are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rogue Sport has larger standard tires than the EcoSport (215/65R16 vs. 205/60R16). The Rogue Sport SL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the EcoSport (225/45R19 vs. 205/60R16).

The Rogue Sport SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the EcoSport’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue Sport SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The EcoSport’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Nissan Rogue Sport’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford EcoSport only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Rogue Sport has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The EcoSport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Nissan Rogue Sport has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The EcoSport 4x2 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Rogue Sport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Rogue Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The EcoSport 4x2 suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Rogue Sport has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The EcoSport doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue Sport’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the EcoSport (104.2 inches vs. 99.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue Sport is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the EcoSport.

Passenger Space

The Rogue Sport has 4.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the EcoSport (96 vs. 91.1).

The Rogue Sport has 1.8 inches more front hip room, 3.3 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and 4.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the EcoSport.

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the EcoSport with its rear seat up (22.9 vs. 20.9 cubic feet). The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the EcoSport with its rear seat folded (61.1 vs. 50 cubic feet).

The Rogue Sport’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The EcoSport’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

Ergonomics

The Rogue Sport’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The EcoSport’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Rogue Sport has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Rogue Sport SV/SL detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The EcoSport doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Rogue Sport SV/SL’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The EcoSport doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue Sport has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The EcoSport doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Rogue Sport (except SV) offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The EcoSport doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford EcoSport isn't recommended.

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