Drivers in the greater Charlottesville area who need a new compact SUV may want to know how the 2018 Nissan Rogue compares to the 2018 Ford Escape. If this describes you, you’re in luck.

Below is our one-to-one comparison of two of Virginia’s top-selling small SUVs, examining safety ratings, availability of driver assistance tech, horsepower, and fuel economy.

Read on, then visit us for a test drive of the new Rogue:

Safety Ratings and Technology

Nissan Rogue

The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Rogue a 2018 Top Safety Pick, earning best-possible scores for crashworthiness and front crash prevention. Nissan equipped all models of the Rogue with Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, a RearView Monitor, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Easy-Fill Tire Alert.

Upper trims also include Intelligent Cruise Control, an Intelligent AroundView Monitor, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, and Lane Departure Warning with Intelligent Lane Intervention. The highest trim is also equipped with High Beam Assist Headlights, fog lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and voice-activated navigation to lessen distractions on the road.

Ford Escape

The IIHS didn’t rate the Escape as highly as the Rogue because the Ford SUV lost points in driver-side small overlap front impact as well as front crash prevention. The Escape’s collision mitigation system, which does not come standard, earned a Basic rating. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported two recalls on the model, citing problems with the brake hoses and the passenger-side airbags.

The Escape comes standard equipped with automatic headlights, a rearview camera, and MyKey teen driver technology, but you’ll need to upgrade if you want more advanced tech. Upper trims have Enhanced Active Park Assist with Forward and Side Sensing Systems and a Reverse Sensing System. The Ford Safe and Smart Package – an option on upper trims – adds a slew of features, including adaptive cruise control, Blind Spot Information System, a Lane-Keeping System, and auto-dimming mirrors.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Nissan Rogue

All models of the 2018 Rogue have a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The engine is connected to an Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission with Sport Mode Shifter, and the powertrain is available with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. The Rogue is also available as a hybrid model, while the 2018 Escape is not.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the most fuel-efficient variant of the Rogue gets 26 MPG city and 33 MPG highway.

Ford Escape

The Escape has three engine options. The base is a 2.5-liter iVCT inline-4 engine that makes 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-4 that produces 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, and a 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-4 that makes 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. All models have a 6-speed automatic transmission, which may not feel as smooth as a CVT. Only EcoBoost models are available with AWD.

The U.S. DOE reports that the most efficient Escape gets up to 23 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.

If you need more convincing that the Rogue is the best small SUV on the market, then visit us in Charlottesville today.


Nissan Rogue - KNMAT2MT0JP519022

Starting at $24,800 MSRP

Ford Escape

Starting at $23,940 MSRP

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