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Comparing the 2017 Nissan Rogue and 2017 Ford Escape Side-By-Side

The automotive industry is currently flooded with SUV options. This certainly isn’t a bad thing for customers, as this means they have a number of models to choose from. However, it can be a bit overwhelming choosing between the various offerings.

If you’ve started your research, you’ve surely debated the 2017 Nissan Rogue vs. the 2017 Ford Escape. Customers may be inclined to side with the reliable Ford offering, but that might not actually be the best route. Let’s see how these two SUVs stand side-by-side, and it might change your mindset…

Performance

2017 Nissan Rogue

There are a pair of capable and efficient engines available with the 2017 Nissan Rogue. The standard 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine is plenty muscular, as owners can anticipate an impressive 170 horsepower and 175 pounds-feet of torque. Meanwhile, thanks to the array of fuel-saving technology, these drivers can also expect a 33 mile per gallon highway fuel efficiency when accompanied by the Xtronic CVT front-wheel drive system (32 mph when accompanied by the Xtronic CVT all-wheel drive system).

Alternatively, drivers can opt for the innovative 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine. For a hybrid engine, the unit is plenty capable, delivering an impressive 176 horsepower and 141 pounds-feet of torque. Predictably, those hybrid capabilities also lead to improved fuel efficiency, as owners can save money via the 35 mile per gallon highway fuel efficiency.

2017 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape provides their customers with three available engine options, but these offerings don’t come close to matching the capabilities of the engine offerings on the Nissan Rogue.

The 2.5-liter iVCT engine is the standard option, with the unit being capable of pumping out an underwhelming 168 horsepower and 170 pounds-feet of torque. The fuel economy is the engine’s one redeeming quality, as the system can deliver a 29 mile per gallon highway fuel efficiency. The 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine (with Auto Start-Stop technology) provides slight boosts to these specs, as the system can produce 179 horsepower and 177 pounds-feet of torque, while also delivering an impressive 30 mile per gallon highway fuel efficiency.

The 2.0-liter Twin-Scroll EcoBoost engine (with Auto Start-Stop technology) is for those seeking the utmost power, as this inclusion produces 245 horsepower and 275 pounds-feet of torque. Predictably, fuel efficiency suffers a bit, as drivers can only expect 27 miles per gallon on the highway when equipped with the four-wheel drive system.

Roominess

2017 Nissan Rogue

Since you’re going to be pursuing an SUV, you’ll surely expect an abundance of cargo room. Fortunately, the 2017 Nissan Rogue delivers in this regard. It starts with the spacious interior, which provides 70-cubic-feet of space behind the front row. Drivers can also capitalize on 39.3-cubic-feet behind the second row, as well as the eight-feet of length. As a result, drivers will truly be able to fit whatever cargo they need to squeeze in.

Nissan’s engineers also made it incredibly easy to configure the interior to fit any combination of cargo and passengers. The EZ Flex Seating System allows you to adapt your interior, as owners can manipulate the second and third rows. Owners can even hide these seats thanks to the Divide-N-Hide Cargo System.

Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to load any of your cargo, as the Motion Activated Liftgate provides easy access to your interior. Instead of having to finagle for your keys while your hands are full of groceries, drivers can simply wait for the trunk to open itself.

2017 Ford Escape

Ford’s hulking SUV also delivers an abundance of interior room… but not nearly as much as the rival Nissan Rogue. The vehicle normally sits up to five passengers, but the interior can be manipulated to unlock a maximum 68-cubic-feet of cargo space. The vehicle still provides a notable 34-cubic-feet behind the back row, but that’s still a downgrade on the Rogue’s specs.

Similar to the Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape owners can also take advantage of the 60/40 split rear seats to fit a combination of passengers and luggage. The 17-inch-wheel version of the SUV also includes adjustable floors, which will allow drivers to organize their luggage and cargo.

Safety

2017 Nissan Rogue

There are a number of useful features that won’t only make the 2017 Nissan Rogue incredibly easy to control, but also incredibly safe. For starters, the vehicle was specifically designed to withstand a collision, as inclusions like the Zone Body Construction should keep every occupant safe and secure. The six standard air bags will provide the necessary amount of cushion, while the Tire Pressure Monitoring System will assure that these important parts don’t suddenly fail.

Of course, it’s important to remember that Nissan drivers shouldn’t even find themselves in an accident in the first place. The various safety technologies will play a significant role in helping drivers avoid collisions. For instance, the Forward Emergency Braking will be especially useful when drivers require sudden stoppage power, and the included Pedestrian Detection technology will be especially useful when driving in the city. The Blind Spot Monitor will serve as an extra set of eyes and alert the driver of a vehicle that may have snuck up beside the Rogue, and the accompanying Lane Departure Warning will alert the driver when it’s safe to switch lanes.

2017 Ford Escape

There are a number of similar safety capabilities included on the 2017 Ford Escape, with many of the amenities revolving around prevention. Systems like the Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support will provide drivers with an extra set of eyes, altering the driver (and even altering the brakes) when a crash seems to be imminent.

The Enhanced Active Park Assist system is especially useful for those who have difficulties maneuvering into a tight parking spot. A number of accompanying technologies will assure that your SUV never suffers an accidental fender bender, preserving the quality of your recently-purchased vehicle.

 

I don’t think we need to spend much time reviewing who the clear victor is in the competition between the 2017 Nissan Rogue vs. 2017 Ford Escape. The former option delivers better interior space, more capable engines, and versatile safety options. There’s really no better option in the entire segment!

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