When you’re shopping for a small crossover that’s versatile, sporty, and efficient, the 2020 Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue will definitely make your short list of options. But trying to choose just one can be complicated by the fact that these models have so much in common. Read Jones Ford’s comparison guide to get all the information you need. Pretty soon, you’ll be driving home in the best crossover for your personal needs.
Modern Comfort: 2020 Ford Escape
Inside the Escape’s newly redesigned cabin, you can expect big things. Ford makes excellent use of this crossover’s interior space, setting you up in well-shaped seats with generous hip and knee room. If you’re after a little extra luxury, check out the optional leather upholstery options and ambient interior lighting.
Inside the Rogue, there’s also plenty of space. As with the Escape, the second-row seats slide and recline, a feature that adds to long-term passenger comfort. Up front, though, the seats could use a wider range of adjustments to help driver and passenger enjoy ideal comfort.
Standard Technology: 2020 Nissan Rogue
The Rogue comes standard with some infotainment features that drivers crave, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Its infotainment system, which comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, is driver-friendly. We also like that the Rogue comes standard with technology designed to keep you protected, such as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane keeping assist.
With the Escape, high-tech safety also comes standard. Features like lane keeping assist and forward collision mitigation can actively keep you out of harm’s way. However, the base model doesn’t come with touch-screen infotainment or Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. To get these features, you need to upgrade to the next trim level, the SE.
Enthusiastic Performance: 2020 Ford Escape
If you’re up for a sporty ride, you can count on the Escape to deliver. After a full redesign for the 2020 model year, this Ford crossover is quicker and more powerful than ever. Its most powerful option is the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which speeds up your performance with 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
On the other hand, the Nissan Rogue offers only one engine option. Every trim model comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. In a race, its 170 horses and 175 pound-feet of torque won’t beat any of the Escape’s three powertrain options.
Travel-Friendly Efficiency: 2020 Ford Escape
Choose the Escape for greater efficiency. With front-wheel drive, the SE Sport and Titanium trim models earn 41 mpg combined (44 city/37 highway mpg). With all-wheel-drive, those numbers barely budge, dropping only slightly to 40 mpg combined (43/37 mpg). That’s great news for anyone who wants to do a lot of driving.
The 2020 Rogue isn’t quite as efficient, but it does aim to please. With front-wheel drive, every Rogue trim model earns 29 mpg combined (26/33 mpg). If you prefer an all-wheel-drive performance, economy only drops slightly, to 27 mpg combined (25/32 mpg).
The 2020 Nissan Rogue comes standard with more tech features, but it’s the 2020 Ford Escape that gives you more of what you want in a small crossover SUV. To see what we mean, visit us at your North Charleston Ford dealership, Jones Ford.