2020 Ford Escape vs 2020 Nissan Rogue – Cincinnati, OH

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  • 2020 Ford Escape

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    Starting at

    $24,885

    2020 Nissan Rogue

    A grey 2020 Nissan Rogue is facing right.

    Starting at

    $25,200

    181 - 250 HPHorsepower170 HP
    190 - 275 LB-FTTorque175 LB-FT
    YesHybridNo

    Looking for the performance of an SUV but the handling of a sedan? A compact crossover SUV will be perfect for you. These vehicle designs take the look of a comfortable sedan and bulk it up just a bit, giving the vehicle an elevated frame, more cargo space, and a number of SUV-based upgrades. When considering this type of vehicle, there are a handful of options to choose from. Two of these include the Escape from Ford and the Rogue from Nissan. But which of the two delivers the best bang for your buck? The best way to determine this is to compare the 2020 Ford Escape vs 2020 Nissan Rogue directly.

    Both the 2020 Ford Escape and the 2020 Nissan Rogue are two of the more affordable compact crossover SUV options out there. From going with the base model to the top-tier trim, these SUVs are less expensive than many of the competitors.

    The base "S" trim for the 2020 Ford Escape has a starting MSRP of $24,885. These prices are not including any kind of holiday discounts or special sales, but instead, are simply the manufacturer's suggested retail price. The base 2020 Nissan Rogue, which is also referred to as the "S" package, has a starting MSRP of $25,200. 

    As for the top-tier trim, the Ford's Titanium FWD Escape has a starting MSRP of $33,400. On the other hand, the 2020 Nissan Rogue's FWD SL package has a starting MSRP of $31,590. While the Nissan Rogue is offered at a lower price, it is only available in three trims while the Ford Escape is offered in four (not including the hybrid option).

  • Performance

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    Engine Offerings for the 2020 Ford Escape

    The 2020 Ford Escape does come with two engine options. The 2020 Nissan Rogue, on the other hand, only has one. So you will have more flexibility with your Ford and what you can do with it. The 2020 Ford Escape uses a 1.5L EcoBoost (Ti-VCT GTDI) I3 engine, which produces 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. 

    The only engine option on the Nissan Rogue is a 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine, which produces 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. This means the base "S" package of the 2020 Ford Escape has better specs than the top-level Nissan Rogue. To take it a step further, the engine used on the Ford's Titanium package is a premium 2.0L EcoBoost engine that produces 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. With this kind of engine upgrade, it is easy to see why the Titanium does cost a few thousand more than the top Rogue.

    Hybrid Variants on the Nissan Rogue and Ford Escape

    The Ford Escape also offers two features the Nissan Rogue simply doesn't have. This includes a hybrid 2.5L iVCT I4 engine and a plug-in 2.5L iVCT engine. There is a decline in the towing potential for the hybrid and plug-in options, but if you're looking for a way to cut down on emissions and give yourself a boost in fuel economy (up to 41 mpg combined), the 2020 Ford Escape is the only option of the two vehicles to consider.

  • Capacities

    A blue 2020 Ford Escape is towing a large boat next a lake near Cincinnati, OH.

    One of the reasons you may be considering an SUV of any size is the added ability to tow and toss gear into the cargo area. So whether it's taking kids to soccer practice or heading to a lake for the weekend, you'll want to maximize your cargo and towing potential.

    Cargo Capacity of the 2020 Escape and 2020 Rogue

    The cargo space on all of the Ford Escapes is the same, no matter the trim you go with. When all the seats are up, the cargo volume is 37.5 cubic feet. If you fold down the rear row of seats, the cargo volume jumps to 65.4 cubic feet. As is the case with the Nissan Rogue, all of the trims offer the same cargo space. With all the seats up, the cargo volume is 39.3 cubic feet while the cargo area jumps to 70 cubic feet of space when the rear seat is pushed down. This is a difference of about 2 to 5 feet, depending on the rear seat position.

    Towing Capacity 

    While the Rogue does win the battle of cargo space, the towing potential is a different story. When using a Ford Escape that has the 1.5L EcoBoost engine, the max towing is 2,000 pounds. On the Nissan Rogue, the max towing is 1,102 pounds. This means the base S Ford Escape can almost double the max towing of the top-level Nissan Rogue. With the upgraded 2.0L EcoBoost engine on the Ford Escape, you can tow up to 3,500 pounds. So for a head-to-head comparison of the top trims, the Ford Titanium tows more than three times that of the Nissan Rogue.

    If you were to go with either the hybrid or the plug-in 2020 Ford Escape, the towing does dip to 1,500 pounds. However, even with the dip, the hybrid and plug-in models can still tow more than the best Nissan Rogue.

  • Safety Features

    A blue 2020 Ford Escape is parked at a park while facing the sunset.

    Diving into the Safety Features of the 2020 Escape 

    No matter what vehicle make or model you purchase, safety is always important, so taking a deeper dive into the safety specs is a must. On the base Ford Escape, the SUV comes with a driver, front head, front side, rear head, and passenger airbags. It features four-wheel ABS and disc brakes, plus it comes standard with lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, child safety locks, electronic stability control, brake assist, cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, daytime running lights, and traction control. This is an impressive haul of safety features for a base model, and you don't need to pay extra for any of these features.

    Safety Features on the Nissan Rogue

    The 2020 Nissan Rogue base package also comes with a nice selection of safety features on the "S" package. This includes the same brakes and airbags, plus brake assist, daytime running lights, electronic stability control, child safety locks, blind-spot monitoring, traction control, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and cross-traffic alert. You also have the option of adding integrated turn signal mirrors. So, as you can see, both SUVs are excellent with safety features. 

    When upgrading to the top-tier trims, both SUVs received the upgraded integrated turn signal mirrors and come with all the other standard safety features. So no matter which of the two SUVs you go for, each has the same safety features.

  • Entertainment

    A close up of the drivers display and infotainment system of a 2020 Ford Escape is shown.

    A Smooth and Enjoyable Ride

    Inside the crossover SUV, you'll want to have a vehicle that offers enough entertainment features to help keep your drive enjoyable. On the 2020 Ford Escape S package the SUV comes standard with AM/FM stereo, an AUX jack for connecting your favorite external audio devices (via 3.5mm headphone jack cable), MP3 player compatible, smart device integration through Bluetooth, and a WiFi hotspot thanks to the Ford SYNC system. 

    The 2020 Nissan Rogue S package comes with an AM/FM stereo, AUX input, MP3 compatibility, satellite radio, smart device integration, and a CD player. Having a CD player is nice if you enjoy listening to your music via a CD. It also has satellite radio (subscription required). However, the lack of a standard (or even offered on the trim) WiFi hotspot is a major disappointment. WiFi integration has grown in recent years and, with the number of applications you likely use that pull data, the WiFi hotspot ensures you're always connected, even when driving through traditional dead zones.

    Comparing the Top-Level Features

    On the top-tier Titanium trim of the 2020 Ford Escape, it comes with the same standard features, plus satellite radio, HD radio, a premium sound system, and a navigation system through the Ford SYNC NAV touchscreen. As for the Nissan Rogue top-tier package? It comes with the same standard features, plus HD radio, a premium sound system, and a navigation system. However, it once again fails to offer WiFi. If you're looking for a WiFi hotspot in your vehicle, you'll either need to install one yourself using a third-party or you'll need to avoid the Nissan Rogue altogether, as it simply does not offer this on the Rogue.

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