Choosing between the 2019 Nissan Rogue and Ford Escape can be a tough call, because both crossovers put a big emphasis on comfort and sporty utility. And both are certainly worthy of your attention. So which one belongs in your driveway? Read our comparison guide to learn more.
Cushiest People Hauler: 2019 Nissan Rogue
The 2019 Nissan Rogue is famous for its long-lasting seating comfort and smooth-riding performance. These features alone make for a great family road trip. Throw in the Rogue’s roomy cargo area (39.3 cubic feet to the Escape’s 34 cubes), and you’re all set for some road-trip adventure.
Although the Escape doesn’t have quite as much cargo space, its cabin still delivers plenty of utility with handy storage spaces and commute-friendly ergonomics. Its cabin design looks a little dated, though, especially compared to the stylishly modern Rogue.
Max Safety: 2019 Nissan Rogue
Every Rogue comes with a long list of high-tech driver safety aids, making the Nissan our pick for passenger protection. This technology, including automatic breaking with pedestrian detection and lane keeping assist, has the potential to save lives, and the Rogue gives this tech to you at no extra cost.
These safety systems are also available on the Escape; you just have to upgrade to at least the midgrade SE and add the Safe and Smart package to get them. And that, of course, means spending extra money.
Best Fuel Mileage: 2019 Nissan Rogue
We all love spending less money at the pump. And that’s just another reason to love the Nissan Rogue. With front-wheel drive, this crossover earns 26 city and 33 highway miles per gallon. Add all-wheel drive and those figures drop slightly, to 25 city and 32 highway mpg.
With its thriftiest powertrain, the 2019 Escape earns up to 23 city and 30 highway mpg. Even the all-wheel-drive-equipped Rogue can beat that. If you want to maximize your fuel budget, you know where to turn.
Sportiest Ride: 2019 Ford Escape
When you’re shopping for horsepower, the Escape has it in spades. You can even tailor your on-road experience to suit your need for speed, choosing from three sporty engine options. The sportiest of them all, the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, bolsters your crossover experience with 245 horsepower.
Back on the Nissan Rogue, every trim model gets the same tried-and-true 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission. As we mentioned, this powertrain puts an emphasis on fuel economy, but it’s also pretty quick. The Rogue’s base engine might not be powerful as the Escape’s optional engines, but the Rogue keeps up with the base-engine-equipped Escape just fine. We’re also big fans of the Rogue’s precise, predictable handling, which certainly helps on a curvy road.
The Escape might have the edge for horsepower, but the Nissan Rogue is the best all-around daily driver. After all, the Rogue is the crossover with the cushiest cabin and most impressive safety lineup. And it’s also the crossover that combines a sporty performance with thrifty fuel economy.