2020 Ford Escape vs. 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Escape have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Nissan Rogue Sport doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Escape has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Escape the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 119 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rogue Sport has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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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.

Reliability

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The Escape has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 7th.

Engine

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The Escape’s standard 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder produces 40 more horsepower (181 vs. 141) and 43 lbs.-ft. more torque (190 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 109 more horsepower (250 vs. 141) and 133 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

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

Escape turbo 1.5

Escape turbo 2.0

Rogue Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

6.9 sec

9.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

15.3 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.5 MPH

89.3 MPH

80.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Escape

FWD

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

AWD

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Rogue Sport

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escape 1.5 Turbo’s fuel efficiency. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape’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 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue Sport (15.7 vs. 14.5 gallons).

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

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

Escape

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.5 inches

The Escape stops much shorter than the Rogue Sport:

Escape

Rogue Sport

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Rogue Sport (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16).

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

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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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 2.5 inches longer than on the Rogue Sport (106.7 inches vs. 104.2 inches).

The Escape SE handles at .78 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 1.9 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (27.7 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Escape 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

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The Escape has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue Sport (104 vs. 96).

The Escape has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 7.3 inches more rear legroom, 6.4 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rogue Sport.

Cargo Capacity

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The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat up (37.5 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 (65.4 vs. 61.1 cubic feet).

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

Escape

Rogue Sport

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.8”/68.5”

33.3”/62.3”

Max Width

57.3”

54.2”

Min Width

41.4”

n/a

Height

34.8”

33.3”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape SEL/Titanium’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

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The Escape has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Rogue Sport has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Escape SEL/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 Sport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Escape Titanium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Escape’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Rogue Sport’s parking brake has to released manually.

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 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 PIN entry system. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its NissanConnect can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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 PIN entry system. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its 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 Titanium’s 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 Escape Titanium’s 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.

The Escape Titanium’s Active Park Assist 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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