2018 Ford Escape vs Nissan Rogue

May 30th, 2018 by

2018 Ford Escape vs Nissan Rogue

Compact crossovers are among the most popular vehicles on roads right now. But what makes them unique–and how do you decide which one is the right one for you? It’s rare to be able to find two of the best sellers side by side to do a true comparison, so that’s where we come in. How does the 2018 Ford Escape compete against the Nissan Rogue? Take a look.

Will You Like The Way It Looks?

Personal preference is an entirely abstract concept, and now something we can really pin down for you. But it’s worth noting that both the Escape and the Rogue are best sellers for a reason, but that also means that there are plenty of them on the road. The Rogue is clearly an SUV, but offers a smaller profile for drivers who want an easier driving experience than a larger SUV. The style of the Rogue is very different from the Escape, though, adopting an aggressive deep V grille and chunky front bumper.

2018 Ford Escape Exterior

In complete contrast, the Ford Escape is sportier and looks more like a tall hatchback than a standard SUV. You’ll still get the high-riding crossover driving experience, but the Escape has a more contemporary look than the Rogue. The Escape’s refresh has made it even more attractive.

How Do They Drive?

The contemporary approach of the Escape continues from the styling to the engines and performance. Buyers have no less than three engines to choose from with the Ford, with the least powerful of the three giving the Rogue a run for its money. At the top? A 245 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo that Nissan can’t touch.

2018 Ford Escape AWD

The Nissan Rogue only offers buyers one gas engine option, though they do have a hybrid version of the Rogue if a greener option appeals to you. Most Rogues that you’ll find on dealer lots, however, will have a 2.5-liter inline-four engine with a CVT transmission with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. That 2.5-liter inline offers 170 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque, which is perfectly acceptable but certainly not very exciting.

What’s the Interior Like?

The fun, sporty Ford Escape has pretty thin seats that are not as bolstered and comfortable as those in the Nissan Rogue. The Rogue also has more interior passenger volume overall, with 105.8 cu.-ft compared to just 98.1 cu.-ft. in the Ford.

2018 Ford Escape interior

The quality of the Nissan Rogue’s interior at the entry level is below par and probably not as good at the base Ford Escape S, but going up the trims the Nissan Rogue beats the Ford Escape handily. The Nissan, overall, has the more comfortable and better quality cabin.


The Nissan Rogue is an excellent compact crossover that gives SUV lovers something reasonably compact but still entirely family friendly. The 2018 Ford Escape is the Rogue’s equal in terms of family friendliness, but is way out in front of the Nissan for style, fun, and performance.

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