2020 Ford Escape vs Nissan Rogue vs Chevrolet Equinox vs Honda CR-V at Germain Ford of Beavercreek

There's an extensive list of reasons why compact crossover SUVs have rapidly grown in popularity in recent years. Whether you live an active lifestyle or have a growing family, these types of vehicles provide an unparalleled blend of capability, versatility, and value that is hard to match. If you're looking for a compact SUV, it's likely that the Ford Escape has caught your attention. To showcase how the Escape remains the premier choice in the segment, our team at Joe Rizza Ford has created this comprehensive model comparison. Below, we'll examine exactly how the Escape compares against some of its biggest rivals including the Nissan Rogue, Chevrolet Equinox, and the Honda CR-V.


Ford Escape vs Nissan Rogue

Ford Escape Exterior
Nissan Rogue Exterior

2020 Ford Escape S FWD

VS

2020 Nissan Rogue S FWD

$24,885 ✓

MSRP

$25,300
27 / 33 / 30 ✓

MPG (city / hwy / combined)

26 / 33 / 29
190 lb-ft ✓

Torque

175 lb-ft
8-speed automatic ✓

Transmission

CVT
Standard, Smart Device ✓

Remote Start

Not Available
38.9 inches ✓

Rear Legroom

37.9 inches
39.3 inches ✓

Rear Headroom

38.5 inches
5 Years / 60,000 Miles ✓

Roadside Assistance Coverage

3 Years / 36,000 Miles

Our first comparison is between the 2020 Ford Escape and the 2020 Nissan Rogue. Looking at the base trims for both models, the Escape benefits from a $415 price advantage compared to the Rogue. Taking a look at the MPG figures for both SUVs reveals even more savings by choosing Ford. In terms of both city and combined fuel economy ratings, the Escape has the edge. Precision engineering allows the Escape to not only deliver superior fuel economy but also to deliver more torque than the Nissan Rogue S.

You'll experience enhanced response and durability from the standard 8-speed automatic transmission on the Escape compared to the continuously variable transmission (CVT) found on the Rogue. Helping you personalize your temperature preferences on chilly winter mornings or hot summer afternoons, the Escape includes standard remote start capabilities which you can access via FordPass Connect. Compared to the smaller Nissan Rogue, the Escape lets you enjoy the benefits of greater rear legroom and headroom for more comfort. Finally, you'll experience greater peace of mind by choosing the Ford Escape thanks to its 5 years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance coverage. This is a full 2 years or 24,000 miles longer than you'll receive with the Nissan Rogue.


Ford Escape vs Chevrolet Equinox

Ford Explorer Titanium
Chevrolet Equinox Exterior

2020 Ford Escape S FWD

VS

2020 Chevrolet Equinox L FWD

27 / 33 / 30 ✓

MPG (city / hwy / combined)

26 / 31 / 28
181 ✓

Horsepower

170
8-speed automatic ✓

Transmission

6-speed automatic
Standard ✓

LED Brake Lights

Not Available
Standard, SYNC ✓

Voice-Activated Audio Controls

Not Available
Standard, FordPass Connect ✓

Remote Start

Not Available
Standard, BLIS ✓

Blind Spot Monitoring

Not Available
42.4 inches ✓

Front Legroom

40.9 inches
65.4 cubic feet ✓

Maximum Cargo Volume

63.9 cubic feet

Up next, we compare the 2020 Ford Escape with the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox. As we've seen previously, the groundbreaking engineering of the Escape makes it easy to see how it outperforms the Equinox in both efficiency and performance. Looking at all three categories of fuel economy, the Escape is the superior choice compared to the Equinox. A more responsive 8-speed automatic transmission contributes to these impressive MPG numbers. You can also take advantage of 11 additional horsepower compared to the less-powerful and less efficient Chevrolet Equinox.

When you choose the Ford Escape, you'll discover an array of luxurious standard features not found on the Equinox. Helping to keep other drivers aware of your intentions, the Escape comes standard with LED brake lights to keep you safe in all types of weather conditions. Stay focused on what's ahead while staying connected inside your Escape using the standard SYNC infotainment system which includes voice-activated audio controls. FordPass Connect allows you to connect your smartphone directly to your vehicle and access a useful remote-start function. As another layer of safety behind the wheel, Ford Co-Pilot360 includes the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) warning system to alert you of vehicles which have entered your blind spot. All of these excellent features are not available or require a more expensive trim level on the Chevrolet Equinox.

In terms of space, the Escape also proves to be the better option. Drivers and front passengers will appreciate the greater amount of legroom in the front row of seats, making it the superior choice for extended road trips. Speaking of road trips, the Escape also has a higher maximum cargo capacity compared to the Equinox. This extra space means you'll be able bring along that extra suitcase or gear for your next journey.


Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V

Ford Escape Styling
Honda CR-V Exterior

2020 Ford Escape SEL AWD

VS

2020 Honda CR-V EX-L AWD

$30,765 ✓

MSRP

$31,550
190 lb-ft ✓

Torque

179 lb-ft
8-speed automatic ✓

Transmission

CVT
Standard, SecuriCode ✓

Keypad

Not Available
Standard, SYNC 3 Assistant mobile device ✓

Emergency 911 Alert

Not Available
Standard, Reverse Sensing System rear ✓

Parking Sensors

Optional
Standard ✓

Heated Steering Wheel

Optional
40 / 42.4 inches ✓

Front Headroom / Legroom

38 / 41.3 inches
5 Years / 60,000 Miles ✓

Roadside Assistance Coverage

3 Years / 36,000 Miles

In our final matchup, we'll investigate how the Ford Escape competes with the Honda CR-V in their most-equipped trims. Although we've looked at base models in the previous matchups, here we'll compare how the well-equipped Escape SEL AWD compares to the equivalent CR-V EX-L AWD. At this trim level, the Escape SEL offers a significant $785 price advantage right from the very start.

In addition to a higher torque rating than the CR-V, the Escape is equipped with a far more sophisticated 8-speed automatic transmission for enhanced acceleration. One class-exclusive feature found on every Escape model is the SecuriCode keypad, allowing you to lock or unlock your doors without using a key. Other benefits of the Escape SEL include its standard rear Reverse Sensing System along with an emergency alert included with the SYNC 3 Assistant

Ideal for dealing with cold winter mornings, the Escape SEL includes a standard heated steering wheel for warming your hands. The Escape also comes out on top when it comes to interior space and comfort in the front seats. You'll have greater front headroom and legroom compared to the Honda CR-V. Lastly, You will receive a total of 5 years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance from Ford which outlasts the 3 years or 36,000 miles of coverage from Honda.


Winner - Ford Escape

Ford Escape Rear Styling

After crunching the numbers and tallying the results, it's obvious that the winner of this comparison is the Ford Escape. The competitors from Nissan, Chevrolet, and Honda are unable to measure up to the tremendous efficiency, value, performance, and technology found on every Ford Escape. Are you ready to experience all that the Escape has to offer? Our team at Joe Rizza Ford is here to help you select the model that's perfectly suited to your driving habits and lifestyle.