To help make backing safer, the Escape Titanium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Rogue doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The Escape offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rogue doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Escape and the Rogue have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.
There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 27th in initial quality. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 30th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 13th in reliability. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 19th.
The Escape’s optional 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (178 vs. 170) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 70 more horsepower (240 vs. 170) and 95 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.
The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Rogue doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better stopping power the Escape’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Rogue:
For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Rogue (235/55R17 vs. 225/65R17).
The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rogue S/SV’s standard 65 series tires. The Escape Titanium’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rogue SL’s 60 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape Titanium has standard 19-inch wheels. The Rogue’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Rogue doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For greater off-road capability the Escape has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Rogue (7.9 vs. 7.4 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 800 pounds less than the Nissan Rogue.
The Escape is 4.2 inches shorter than the Rogue, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Rogue doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Escape has .1 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape Titanium’s liftgate can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Rogue doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Escape offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Rogue doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Escape has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Rogue doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.
When three different drivers share the Escape Titanium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Rogue doesn’t offer a memory system.
The power windows standard on both the Escape and the Rogue have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escape is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rogue prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
The Escape Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rogue’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.
In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Rogue doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.
The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Rogue’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escape has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Rogue only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115 volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The Rogue doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Rogue doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $345 less than the Rogue over a five-year period.
The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Escape, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.
The Ford Escape outsold the Nissan Rogue by 82% during 2013.