Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Lexus NX Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 Lexus NX

Safety Comparison

The Escape Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The NX Series doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Escape’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Lexus NX Series has a metal gas tank.

Both the Escape and the NX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Lexus NX Series:



NX Series


5 Stars

4 Stars




5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

396 lbs.

509 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

233/311 lbs.

480/609 lbs.




4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

295 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

453/192 lbs.

442/307 lbs.

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

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 Ford Escape is safer than the Lexus NX Series:



NX Series


Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

.4 inches

.6 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

148 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

352 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars





Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars




Hip Force

707 lbs.

828 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 20 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The NX Series isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (245 vs. 235) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 258) than the NX 200t’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the NX 200t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:



NX Series

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape FWD 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the NX 200t FWD (23 city/30 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Escape uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The NX 200t requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Escape has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the NX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (15.7 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The NX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Escape stops much shorter than the NX Series:



NX Series


70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the NX Series (235/55R17 vs. 225/65R17).

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the NX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the NX Series F Sport’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape offers optional 19-inch wheels. The NX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The NX Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the NX Series (105.9 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the NX 200t F Sport AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the NX 300h AWD (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Escape’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the NX Series’ (38.7 feet vs. 39.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the NX 300h (7.8 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Escape’s minimum ground clearance is .9 inch higher than on the NX 200t (7.8 vs. 6.9 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 pounds less than the Lexus NX Series.

The Escape is 4.2 inches shorter than the NX Series, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The NX Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 27.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the NX Series (98.7 vs. 71.6).

The Escape has 2.5 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear legroom than the NX Series.

The front step up height for the Escape is 1.3 inches lower than the NX Series (16.8” vs. 18.1”). The Escape’s rear step up height is .5 inches lower than the NX Series’ (17.5” vs. 18”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the NX Series with its rear seat up (34 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the NX Series with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 54.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the NX Series’ liftover is 31.2 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape Titanium’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The NX Series doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The NX Series doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The NX Series doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The NX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Escape Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The NX Series doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The NX Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The NX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $845 to $2315 less than the NX Series over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the NX Series because it costs $1611 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the NX Series, including $976 less for a water pump, $521 less for a starter, $334 less for fuel injection, $105 less for a fuel pump, $71 less for front struts, $1046 less for a timing belt/chain and $200 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Escape will be $6839 to $8675 less than for the Lexus NX Series.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The NX Series isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Ford Escape outsold the Lexus NX Series by over six to one during the 2016 model year.

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