Both families and commuters can enjoy a capable ride in compact SUVs like the Nissan Rogue and the Ford Escape. Which one's right for you, though? To help drivers in Ithaca, Elmira, and Cortland decide, Maguire Nissan looks at what each one has to offer in this Nissan Rogue vs. Ford Escape comparison.

Interior Dimensions

Both the Nissan Rogue and the Ford Escape offer seating for up to five people. The Nissan gives you a little extra space to relax, though, with 105.8 cubic feet of passenger space. The Escape has a slightly smaller cabin with 104 cubic feet of passenger room.

You'll especially notice the difference when you're behind the wheel. Inside the Nissan, the driver and the front passenger can enjoy 41.6 inches of headroom and 43 inches of legroom. The Escape has a lower ceiling that gives it just 40 inches of front headroom. It also has less front legroom with only 42.4 inches.

The Nissan Rogue also offers lots of cargo room. There's 39.3 cubic feet of space in the trunk. With the back seats folded down, you'll have up to 70 cubic feet of cargo room. The Ford can't carry as much of your cargo. It only provides you with 37.5 cubic feet of trunk space. While it also has folding seats, it can only offer up to 65.4 cubic feet of cargo room.

Infotainment System

Every trim level of the Nissan Rogue comes with a stylish 7-inch touch-screen in the dashboard. This is the home of the NissanConnect® infotainment system. It's easy to use and offers lots of smartphone compatibility.

Standard Bluetooth® and a Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant can keep you connected, plus you'll be able to stream music and podcasts. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are also standard, so you can access your phone's apps.

For the fastest route, you can add Nissan Door to Door Navigation with Premium Traffic. It provides you with real-time traffic updates and turn-by-turn directions. With Nissan Voice Recognition, you can control the whole system without taking your hands off the wheel.

The Ford Escape also offers Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and a navigation system. Unfortunately, its standard system only comes with Bluetooth®. While a touch-screen is available, the base trim only gets a 4.2-inch LCD monitor instead.

Design & Amenities

The Nissan Rogue and the Ford Escape both offer comfortable amenities, like power adjustable front seats, heated seats, and a hands-free motion- activated liftgate. You'll also have a choice between cloth or leather seats as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Overall, the Nissan Rogue has the more versatile design, though. It has a sleek look with chrome accents along the grille, roof rails, and door handles. Additionally, it also features a sporty roofline spoiler and a flat-bottom steering wheel. Together, this creates a nice balance that makes it feel at home in any situation.

The Ford Escape tries but can't quite achieve the same look. It starts with a large, black mesh grille that looks like it was borrowed from a sport sedan. Above that, there's a round hood that makes the overall body look more like a hatchback than an SUV.  

Test Drive a Compact SUV

Visit Maguire Nissan to learn more about this Nissan Rogue vs. Ford Escape comparison and take a test drive. The Nissan Rogue is a stylish SUV that offers lots of space and features to drivers in Ithaca, Elmira, and Cortland.

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