Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan JUKE VS 2017 Ford Escape Near Conyers, GA

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2017 Nissan JUKE

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2017 Ford Escape

Safety Comparison

The Juke has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Escape doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Juke (except S/NISMO) offers an optional Around View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Escape only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that flash a light and beep. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Juke and the Escape have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and daytime running lights.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Juke is safer than the Ford Escape:

 

Juke

Escape

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

145

290

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

18 inches

HIC

164

357

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

44 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Juke is 2.6% to 4% less likely to roll over than the Escape.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Juke’s reliability will be 14% better than the Escape.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

The Juke has more powerful engines than the Escape:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Juke 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

188 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Juke NISMO RS AWD 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

211 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Juke NISMO RS 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

215 HP

210 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

170 lbs.-ft.

Escape 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

179 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Juke (base engine) is faster than the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Juke

Escape

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.9 MPH

78.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Juke gets better fuel mileage than the Escape:

 

 

Juke

Escape

 

2WD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (188 HP)/6-spd. Manual

27 city/33 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (215 HP)/6-spd. Manual

26 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

 

 

n/a

21 city/29 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (188 HP)/CVT

28 city/32 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

22 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (188 HP)/CVT

26 city/30 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (211 HP)/CVT

25 city/29 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Juke NISMO RS’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Escape are solid, not vented.

The Juke stops shorter than the Escape:

 

Juke

Escape

 

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Juke SV handles at .85 G’s, while the Escape SE pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Juke SL AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Escape SE (27.1 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Juke’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Escape’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Juke NISMO’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Escape’s (36.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Juke may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 600 pounds less than the Ford Escape.

The Juke is 1 foot, 3.7 inches shorter than the Escape, making the Juke easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Juke SV AWD is quieter than the Escape Titanium AWD (41 vs. 42 dB).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Juke’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Escape’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Juke has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Escape doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Juke is less expensive to operate than the Escape because typical repairs cost much less on the Juke than the Escape, including $347 less for a power steering pump.

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