Comparison: 2017 Nissan Rogue vs 2017 Ford Escape

Richmond area drivers shopping for a compact SUV often ask us how the Rogue stacks up to other models in the same class.

When comparing the 2017 Nissan Rogue to the 2017 Ford Escape, you'll see that the Rogue is a better option if you're looking for a compact SUV that's highly efficient, has distinctive styling, and comes stocked with standard tech and entertainment features. Read our full review, then visit us for a test drive:

Performance and Efficiency

Nissan Rogue

The 2017 Rogue comes with one gasoline powertrain and a hybrid option. The base engine is a 2.5-liter DOHC inline-4 that makes 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, mated to the Nissan Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission and with available all-wheel drive. The Rogue FWD gets an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 33 MPG highway, while the AWD model gets 25 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.

The 2017 Rogue Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC inline-4 engine combined with an electric motor, making a net 176 horsepower. According to EPA estimates, FWD models get 33 MPG city and 35 MPG highway, while AWD models get 31 MPG city and 34 MPG highway.

Ford Escape

The 2017 Escape comes with three gasoline engine options, but no hybrid. The base engine is a 2.5-liter inline-4 with a 6-speed automatic transmission, making 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. You can also choose a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, or a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that produces 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Only the turbocharged options come with available all-wheel drive.

The base Escape gets 21 MPG city and 28 MPG highway, while the 1.5-liter turbocharged FWD option gets 23 MPG city and 30 MPG highway and the 2.0-liter turbo FWD gets 22 MPG city and 29 MPG highway. All-wheel drive models get approximately 21 MPG city and 27 MPG highway.

Features and Tech

Nissan Rogue

The 2017 Rogue comes in five trims: S, SV, SL, SV Hybrid, and SL Hybrid. The Rogue S comes standard with LED daytime running lights, an Advanced Drive-Assist Display, cloth seating, a Divide-N-Hide Cargo System, and EX Flex Seating with second-row split-folding/sliding/reclining bench with pass-through. It also comes equipped with Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and streaming audio, Sirius XM Radio, and RearView Monitor. The SV adds heated outside mirrors, dual-zone climate control, push-button ignition, Remote Engine Start System, power-adjustable seating, and Quick Comfort heated front seats.

The Rogue is also available with NissanConnect with Navigation, Mobile Apps, and Services, as well as a 7-inch touchscreen display, Siri Eyes Free, Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link, Around View Monitor, heated steering wheel, Bose Premium Audio, and driver assistance technology. 

Ford Escape

The 2017 Escape comes in three trims: S, SE, and Titanium. The Escape S comes standard with LED taillights, 60/40 split-fold rear bench seat with recline, MyKey, and a rearview camera. The base model is also equipped with the SYNC infotainment system with voice recognition, 4.2-inch display, 911 Assist, AppLink, and USB port. The Escape is not available with Bluetooth tech and Sirius XM is available only on upper trims.

When you upgrade your Escape, you can get SYNC 3 with 8-inch display, dual-zone climate control, remote start, push-button start, a panoramic vista roof, heated front sears, leather-trimmed seating, and some driver assistance tech.


Nissan Rogue

Starting at $23,830 MSRP

Ford Escape

Starting at $23,750 MSRP