If you’re looking for a new crossover to take you through the streets of Geneva, Canandaigua, or Rochester, New York, the competition is fierce. The demand for these versatile vehicles has increased exponentially over the years, leading crossovers to be one of the most competitive classes of cars on the market.

Two of the most popular options available are the 2021 Ford Escape and the Nissan Rogue. Each of these rides has plenty to offer that helps them stand out from the rest, but only one can be right for you. So, to help you decide between these two vehicles, the team at Friendly Ford has put together this comparison. Read on to learn more and contact us if you have any questions.

2021 Ford Escape Engine Specs

Ford Escape on Dirt Road

Escape vs Rogue: Engine Specs

No matter which of these crossovers you choose, you’re in for a powerful engine sure to get you where you need to go. The base model of the Escape features a 1.5-liter EcoBoost® engine, while the Rogue is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine.

The 2021 Ford Escape has three other options to choose from. For ultimate power, opt for the available 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, outputting 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.  Unfortunately, the Rogue only generates a maximum 181 horsepower—and there are no other powertrain options if you’re looking to take your performance to the next level.

Built for Adventure

Interested in taking your vehicle on a thrilling weekend getaway? The 2021 Ford Escape and the Nissan Rogue are ready to help you confidently explore with available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. These systems power all four wheels to provide extra road grip on low-traction surfaces when it’s needed.

When it comes to off-roading and tackling different terrains, both the Escape and the Rogue have variable modes for handling different road conditions. Available drive modes for both models include:

  • Normal
  • Slippery
  • Eco
  • Sport

Now, if you want your lightweight travel trailer to make the trek, you may prefer the Escape. When properly equipped, this crossover can haul up to 3,500 pounds with ease, so you can take your camper or small aluminum boat out for the weekend.

The Rogue won’t be able to meet all your adventure needs, though, since it can only pull up to 1,350 pounds.

Ford Escape Interior

Ford Escape Interior

The Escape and Rogue interior

Both the Escape and the Rogue interiors bring plenty of comfort and convenience to your drives. Each SUV has an available keyless entry feature along with push-button start, and they also offer available dual-zone automatic temperature control.

Both models come with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ along with Bluetooth® and available navigation. So, you’ll have plenty of assistance finding the fastest route to your destination, and you’ll enjoy the ride with high-quality entertainment.

The Escape and the Rogue both also offer a full set of available features to help keep you safe and cozy in cold weather, like: 

  • Heated sideview mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel

Then, to make loading and unloading a bit easier, these two SUVs come with a power liftgate, and a hands-free, foot-activated liftgate is available.

The Escape also offers an available 10-way power driver’ seat. It comes with power lumbar support to make staying comfortable easy on any drive. The Nissan Rogue doesn’t offer this kind of seating versatility, so you may not be able to find the same level of comfort and visibility that you’ll get with the Ford Escape.

Ford Escape Blind Spot Information System

Ford Escape Driving

A Secure Drive for Added Peace of Mind

No matter where you plan to drive your crossover, safety will be a priority in both the Escape and the Rogue. Though no amount of tech can replace the skills of an alert driver, the safety assist features that each vehicle offers can give you a useful helping hand.

Both vehicles will help you navigate the highway securely with the following standard features:

Ford Escape

Nissan Rogue

Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System)

with Cross-Traffic Alert

Blind Spot Warning

Lane-Keeping System

Lane Departure Warning

To give you a hand with parking, each SUV has a rearview camera. But for added convenience, the 2021 Ford Escape has Active Park Assist 2.0 available. This intelligent system steers into parking spots while you solely focus on changing gears, braking, and accelerating.

This top-of-the-line system is not available in the Rogue, though, so parallel parking maneuvers may be a bit trickier if you’re driving the Nissan.

Fortunately, both vehicles also have features that use cameras to monitor traffic in front of your vehicle. They’ll warn you if there’s a potential collision hazard detected up ahead, and they have the ability to automatically apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop.

Further, the Escape has available Evasive Steering Assist. This feature can steer the vehicle out of harm’s way in the event that braking alone isn’t quite enough to prevent an impact.


MPG in the ford escape and nissan rogue

Both the Escape and the Rogue have an EPA-estimated combined fuel efficiency of 30 MPG so you can feel more freedom on road trips as you forego frequent stops at the gas pump. The Escape also has Auto Start-Stop Technology, an energy-saving feature that automatically turns off the engine while the vehicle is at rest. It restarts when the driver lifts a foot off the brake.

If you really want to maximize efficiency, the Escape is the only vehicle of these two SUVs that offers a hybrid option. It gets an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 44 city/37 highway MPG with standard front-wheel drive and an EPA-estimated 43 city/37 highway MPG with available all-wheel drive.

2021 Ford Escape vs Nissan Rogue: Which Crossover Is Right for You?

While both the 2021 Ford Escape and the Nissan Rogue perform admirably, the Escape truly stands out in a crowd. With its top-notch features, the Escape is the clear choice for drivers in the Geneva, Canandaigua, and Rochester, NY, areas.

Get a taste of this vehicle for yourself at Friendly Ford, where our expert team will be happy to show you what the Escape can do. Visit us in person or contact us today!

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