In the 2019 Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue, you can expect hours of on-road comfort and high-tech peace of mind, courtesy of their roomy cabins and street-smart safety gear. But which should you buy? Our guide is here to help you understand the biggest differences between these compact crossovers.
Comfiest Ride: 2019 Ford Escape
If you're shopping for ride comfort, the Escape is your crossover. Inside, you'll find spacious, supportive seating. The cabin remains pin-drop quiet at cruising speed, so there's no need to yell at backseat passengers. We're also big fans of the Escape's climate control system, especially the dual-zone automatic climate controls, which do an excellent job maintaining two distinct settings.
The Rogue also impresses with its roomy seating - you certainly won't feel confined, no matter which seat you settle into. As in the Escape, the Rogue features high-quality cabin materials for lasting comfort. The Rogue cabin does lose a few points, however, for its hard-to-reach navigation system and turn signal stalk, both of which most drivers use often.
Safest Crossover: 2019 Ford Escape
You'll be pleased to note, however, that both crossovers offer optional all-wheel drive. This performance gear provides enhanced driver control on icy pavement. Both the Escape and the Rogue actively help you skirt danger, too, with high-tech driver aids like forward collision mitigation.
Best Tech Lineup: 2019 Ford Escape
Here, the Escape takes an easy lead. Ford's new Sync 3 infotainment system features a crisp, responsive 8-inch touchscreen and intuitive voice controls. It's easy to use, leaving you to focus your attention on the road. Sync 3 also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, technology that displays smartphone apps on the central touchscreen. You can even press a button on the steering wheel and ask Siri to read your text messages aloud.
The new Rogue also offers the latest in smartphone integration, with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on every trim model. However, the Nissan infotainment system isn't quite as intuitive, and you may have to spend a little more time with it before using it comes naturally.
Thriftiest Performance: 2019 Nissan Rogue
The Rogue will help you save the absolute most on gas. With front-wheel drive, the Rogue achieves 26 city/33 highway mpg. Add all-wheel drive and those figures drop slightly to 25/32 mpg.
The 2019 Escape does an excellent job of balancing sporty performance with modern fuel economy, earning up to 23/30 mpg. Unlike the Rogue, the Escape offers three different engine options so that shoppers can create the daily drive they prefer, whether that caters to fuel economy or speed.
In the end, the 2019 Ford Escape has our hearts. We think you'll agree that it's the best crossover for your daily drive, whether you're shopping for a comfy commute or a roomy family hauler.