Comparison: 2018 Nissan Rogue vs 2018 Ford Escape

Greater Richmond area drivers love a small SUV, but in an increasingly crowded segment, it's not always easy to choose a model. We know the Rogue is top of its class, and we're happy to prove it.

In this one-to-one comparison of theĀ 2018 Nissan Rogue and the 2018 Ford Escape, we'll detail the differences between these two models and highlight why the Rogue is a favorite in Virginia.

Read on, then visit our Staunton location to get behind the wheel of a Nissan SUV.

Safety Ratings and Tech

Nissan Rogue

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Rogue a Top Safety Pick. It earned best-possible scores in all categories, and was given a Superior rating for its front crash prevention system.

The 2018 Rogue comes standard with Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, and a tire pressure monitoring system with Easy-Fill Tire Alert. Plus, all models have Hill Start Assist, Intelligent Traction Control, Intelligent Engine Brake, Active Ride Control, and LED daytime running lights. The highest trim includes standard Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning with Intelligent Lane Intervention, and an Intelligent Around View Monitor. Options include Intelligent Cruise Control, ProPILOT Assist, an electronic parking brake, and LED daytime running lights.

Ford Escape

The IIHS gave the 2018 Escape good ratings in all categories except small overlap front impact, where it was rated Acceptable. It did not win a Top Safety Pick title, and its front crash prevention system was rated Basic.

Ford makes a solid automobile, but it seems to be lagging in its availability of driver assistance tech, which is increasingly in high demand. Base models do not feature any safety tech, but the SUV is available with adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support, a Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, Reverse Sensing System, automatic high beams, Active Park Assist, Forward and Side Sensing Systems, and a Lane-Keeping System.

Interior Space and Features

Nissan Rogue

The Rogue and the Escape both seat up to five passengers, but the question is, how well do they fit the whole family? The Rogue has 105.8 cubic feet of passenger volume, with 41.6 inches of head room and 43 inches of front leg room. Regarding cargo space, it has 39.3 cubic feet behind the second row, and 70 cubes with the rear seats folded.

All models include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, hands-free text assistant, Siri Eyes Free, Sirius XM Radio, a RearView Monitor, Divide-N-Hide Cargo System, and EZ FLEX Seating with split-folding, sliding, and reclining second row.

Upper trims have dual-zone climate control, Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button ignition, Remote Engine Start with Intelligent Climate Control, Quick Comfort heated seats, Door-to-Door Navigation, voice recognition, HomeLink universal transceiver, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated steering wheel, and seat and mirror Memory System.

Ford Escape

The 2018 Escape has 98.7 cubic feet of passenger volume, with 39.9 inches of head room and 43 inches of leg room in the front row. It also has 34 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 68 cubes behind the first row.

The Escape's base model is decidedly basic, featuring AM/FM stereo with MP3 capability, manual climate control, and Remote Keyless Entry. Upper trims may feature Sirius XM Radio, HD Radio, voice-activated navigation, auto-dimming rearview, and dual-zone climate control. Options include a heated steering wheel and heated seats.

The Ford SUV is not available with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HomeLink, Intelligent Climate Control, or Divide-N-Hide seating.


Nissan Rogue

Starting at $24,680 MSRP

Ford Escape

Starting at $23,850 MSRP