2018 Nissan Rogue vs Ford Escape
If you’re in the market for a capable SUV, the Nissan Rogue and Ford Escape are two popular options. They share many appealing attributes, such as lively performance and spacious interiors—but which vehicle is the better option for you?
SUV shoppers in Cherry Hill, Collingswood, and Mount Laurel, can find out the important differences between these SUVs with our 2018 Nissan Rogue vs. Ford Escape comparison.
The Rogue is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four that produces 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque with a continuously variable transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. There’s also a hybrid option, which pairs a 30-kW electric motor and a lithium-ion battery for a net of 176 horsepower. The Escape comes with a 168-horsepower 2.5-liter inline-four and front-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive is available. There is no hybrid option for the Escape.
When it comes to driving dynamics, the Rogue is far more comfortable and composed than the Escape. It maintains its balance through turns and offers more agility than expected of an SUV, whereas the Escape has dull handling and light steering that offers little feedback.
Interior Space and Comfort
Both the Rogue and the Escape offer well-appointed cabins with heavily bolstered, supportive seating. The Rogue offers more headroom and legroom for all passengers, however, due to the Escape’s heavily sculpted dash and expressive styling that robs the interior of space. Both offer leather upholstery, heated seats, and some other interior amenities to enhance the comfort.
In the cargo hold, the Rogue has 39.3 cubic feet of space with the seats up, which expands to 70 cubic feet with the seats down. It also has a second row that slides fore and aft for better passenger or cargo space, as well as a cargo floor panel that lifts up to reveal extra storage bins for dirty or wet items. The Escape maxes out at 68 cubic feet and lacks sliding seats or a hidden cargo floor, though it does offer two positions for the load floor.
The Rogue and Escape come with some exciting features at the base level, such as power accessories, a rearview camera, and infotainment systems. The Rogue includes a 7-inch touchscreen NissanConnect® infotainment system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone compatibility, however, whereas the Escape only comes with a 4.2-inch center screen for the basic SYNC® system. Getting a touchscreen or upgraded infotainment requires a move up to the higher trim levels.
The Rogue also comes standard with Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, along with several advanced safety features available as upgrades. Getting similar features with the Escape can only be found in the higher trim levels.
Test Drive the 2018 Nissan Rogue
As this 2018 Nissan Rogue vs. Ford Escape comparison has shown, the Rogue offers better performance, a more spacious and comfortable interior, and a wider range of advanced technology and safety features than the Escape.
Drivers in Cherry Hill, Collingswood, and Mount Laurel can find out more about the 2018 Nissan Rogue when they visit Cherry Hill Nissan. Give us a call or come to our showroom to take your test drive!