2020 Nissan Qashqai vs 2020 Ford Escape

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2020 Nissan Qashqai vs 2020 Ford Escape

The Nissan Qashqai is a 5-door compact crossover SUV, introduced in 2006 as Nissan's only model in that segment. It has since been improved and refined considerably, and is now in its second major generation.

 

For 2020, the Nissan Qashqai has been restyled to give it a sleeker and more balanced look, but the underlying features are otherwise largely the same as the overhauled and updated 2019 model.

 

How does Nissan's Qashqai compare to one of its nearest competitors, the Ford Escape? Both are compact SUVs seating five adults, but there are also several important differences.

 

 

Fuel Economy

 

The fuel consumption of both cars is roughly what you'd expect for SUVs in this size range. However, the Nissan has the definite edge on city driving, with figures showing it's nearly 10 percent more efficient.

 

 

Nissan Qashqai

 

 

Ford Escape

 

 

City Economy

 

 

10L / 100km

 

 

11L / 100km

 

 

Highway Economy

 

 

8L / 100km

 

 

8L / 100km

 

However, for people who mainly drive longer distances, the Nissan's city fuel savings might be offset by the Ford's very slight advantage on the highway, where it scores 8L compared to the Nissan's 8.1L.

 

 

Powertrain Comparison

 

Some of the differences between the two ratings can be explained by the standard engines the base-level models offer. While the Ford's is undeniably more powerful, the extra horsepower it offers is perhaps less useful for regular city driving, while using up plenty more fuel for the same journeys.

 

 

Nissan Qashqai

 

 

Ford Escape

 

 

Engine Type

 

 

2.0L regular unleaded

 

 

2.5L regular unleaded

 

 

Horsepower

 

 

141hp @ 6,000rpm

 

 

168hp @ 6,000rpm

 

 

Torque

 

 

147lb-ft @ 4,400rpm

 

 

170lb-foot @ 4,500rpm

 

Both models feature front-wheel drive as standard, with all-wheel drive as an optional upgrade across the range.

 

However, when it comes to transmission options, the Nissan is more flexible, offering a 6-speed manual with overdrive option to go along with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission. By contrast, the Ford has automatic transmission across the range.

 

 

Safety Features

 

So far, the Nissan Qashqai is edging ahead of the Ford when it comes to family driving under regular city conditions. But when it comes to safety, the Nissan pushes even further ahead.

 

Both ranges feature extensive safety systems, including full airbag provision, traction control, brake assist, and electronic stability control.

 

However, as standard, the 2020 Nissan Qashqai offers several features missing from the base Ford Escape.

 

 

Nissan Qashqai

 

 

Ford Escape

 

 

Blind Spot Monitor

 

 

Yes

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Driver Restriction Features

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Yes

 

 

Cross-traffic Alert

 

 

Yes

 --
 

 

Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors

 

 

Yes

 --
 

 

Daytime Running Lights

 

 

Yes

 --

Pricing

 

Both cars are positioned toward the affordable end of the SUV spectrum, but there's no doubt that the Nissan offers the easiest way to own a compact SUV, thanks to the lower price of the base-level trim.

 

 

Nissan Qashqai

 

 

Ford Escape

 

 

Base Trim Starting Price

 

 

$20,198

 

 

$26,399

 

 

Top Trim Starting Price

 

 

$31,398

 

 

$37,699

 

 

 

 

Summary

 

Both cars are attractive takes on the compact SUV concept, and both have their advantages. However, for family drivers who spend most time on short journeys, the Nissan's better fuel economy, stronger safety features, and more affordable starting price make it a hard choice to beat.

 

To arrange a test drive of the 2020 Qashqai Rogue in Calgary, please contact us online or visit our showroom at 7690-110 Ave NW.

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