2017 Ford Escape vs Nissan Rogue

The 2017 Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue are compact crossover favorites. Drivers can't get enough of their comfy, roomy cabins and punchy power. These models perform double duty as parking-friendly city transport and spacious road-trip warriors. Which is your perfect fit? Read our comparison guide to learn more.

2017 Ford Escape vs Nissan Rogue

Cabin Comfort

Thanks to the Rogue's unique Zero Gravity front seats, this crossover is known for its best-in-class comfort. Moreover, you'll also find plenty of space. The Rogue's five-passenger accommodations are an excellent place to spend your summer road trip. And, whether you're making your way over bumpy roads or winding back alleys, the Rogue maintains a smooth ride.

The 2017 Ford Escape front seats aren't designed to fit the contours of your body in outer space (like the Rogue's Zero Gravity seats), but they're certainly a cozy place to be if rush-hour traffic can't be avoided. And, like a good compact crossover should, the Escape provides impressive head and leg room for your growing brood.


In the Escape, smartphone addicts can rest easy. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto display important apps, like Phone and Messages, on your central touchscreen, so there's no need to look down at your device's small screen. You can even use your phone's advanced voice controls to re-route your Maps app for a quicker ride home. The Escape's Sync 3 infotainment system is easy to figure out, and you can switch seamlessly between its menus and the Apple or Android menus. And there's more. This year, the Escape also introduces FordPass technology, which makes life simpler by letting you reserve and pay for parking or schedule maintenance at the dealership - all from a smartphone app.

Tech features in the Nissan Rogue also aim to keep you connected. They won't take you as far as Apple CarPlay and Android can, displaying apps on the touchscreen, but you can still stream music from devices or take hands-free calls on the fly. We're also big fans of the Rogue's surround-view camera system, which is especially great if you're out of practice in the parallel parking department.

Power & Performance

If you're looking for a crossover that can pack a pretty good punch, the Escape is your guy. That's especially true when you select the turbocharged engine. It pumps out the power for a quick, nimble ride. The Escape even feels carlike on the road, taking on sharp corners with ease. Properly equipped, this sporty crossover can tow up to 3,500 pounds, so there's no need to ever be without your Jet Skis. The Escape isn't bad on fuel economy, either, achieving up to 23/30 mpg.

With the Nissan Rogue, you can earn up to 33 city/35 highway mpg. That means excellent savings at the pump. However, acceleration isn't quite as brisk as what you get in the Escape. The Rogue tows up to 1,000 pounds, which is suitable for towing light watercraft or a four-wheeler.


The 2017 Ford Escape will woo you with its pristine crash-test scores. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five stars for overall protection. More than that, though, its high-tech safety gear offers on-road serenity. The forward collision alert system warns you when you need to slow down. The lane-departure prevention system will help you stay on the right track.

We like the Rogue's forward collision mitigation system, which automatically hits the brakes when it senses a crash. As in the Escape, the adaptive cruise control can detect the speed of the car in front of you and adjust your speed accordingly. However, in government crash tests, the Rogue only earned four stars for overall protection.

Learn More about the Ford Escape

Both crossovers blend everyday style with adventurous utility. However, the 2017 Ford Escape is our favorite overall. Not only will it tow a pair of Jet Skis, but it also delivers a sharp, car-like ride. It maneuvers easily, thanks to its quick steering and responsive handling. Inside, you'll never want for anything, thanks to the Escape's roomy seating and cutting-edge infotainment gear.