2017 Ford Escape vs Nissan Rogue

December 4th, 2017 by

You won’t mistake the Rogue for anything other than a Nissan, especially after the light refresh this year. Those changes have made the Rogue look even more like the rest of the Nissans. The Rogue isn’t as sporty as the Escape, but, instead, it’s a more rugged design with a hint of machismo from that deep-V grille. The Nissan is a smart-looking crossover, but the Escape definitely has the edge in the styling stakes.

2017 Ford Escape vs Nissan Rogue

Styling: Ford Escape

The way compact crossovers look is what attracts the majority of buyers to them, and some sacrifice some practicality in order to be as good looking as possible. That accusation could probably be levelled at the Ford Escape, but you won’t hear many complaints because this is one attractive vehicle and one of the most sporty on the market.

You won’t mistake the Rogue for anything other than a Nissan, especially after the light refresh this year. Those changes have made the Rogue look even more like the rest of the Nissans. The Rogue isn’t as sporty as the Escape, but, instead, it’s a more rugged design with a hint of machismo from that deep-V grille. The Nissan is a smart-looking crossover, but the Escape definitely has the edge in the styling stakes.

Interior: Ford Escape

You’ll find some nice soft-touch surfaces and a very stylish cabin in the Ford Escape, although the stylized cabin doesn’t make the most of the available space quite as well as some of its rivals. The seats have a slim profile so they don’t rob passenger volume, but that means they may not be quite as comfortable as some buyers might like.

An available third-row seat makes the Rogue the smallest crossover to offer such versatility, but nobody will be surprised to learn that the third row is really only good for small children. The rest of the seats are very comfortable, though, with a good amount of flexibility as well as comfort inside the Rogue. You won’t find anything particularly inspiring about the styling, though.

Fuel Economy: Nissan Rogue

Ford has struck a good balance between fuel efficiency and performance with its engines in the Escape. So, although it’s not the most frugal, the Escape does deliver fuel economy that will be more than adequate for all but the most fuel conscious buyers. The best ratings the EPA give the Escape are 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined.

The Rogue may only have one engine and a CVT transmission, but it does serve up some pretty impressive fuel economy ratings with 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined. Those numbers definitely give this section to the Nissan.

Power and Performance: Ford Escape

The combination of strong turbocharged engines and sporty dynamics make the Ford Escape one of the best crossovers for anyone who enjoys driving. Three engines are available to choose from: a 170 horsepower 2.5-liter inline-four, a 1.5-liter 179 horsepower EcoBoost, and a sensational 2.0-liter EcoBoost that delivers an impressive 245 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available.

An almost identical base engine can be found in the Rogue, but if you want more power than that the only other option is the Rogue Hybrid. Even then, we’re only talking about an extra nine horsepower, so this round is an easy win for the Escape.

Learn More about the Ford Escape

If you want a very good, comfortable, capable and fuel efficient compact crossover, the Nissan Rogue is a more than acceptable choice. But if practicality and capability are your main priorities, you’ll probably be looking at larger crossovers than these anyway. By way of contrast, Ford has created the Escape with enough practicality for most buyers, but with a main focus on style and performance. That’s what crossover SUVs of these proportions are really all about, which is why we have no qualms about recommending the 2017 Ford Escape over the Nissan Rogue here.

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