2011 Dodge
Nitro Heat
vs. 2012 Ford
Escape Limited

2012 Ford Escape Limited

10.0

starting from

$26,995

Reasons to buy the Ford Escape Limited

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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Leather
Standard
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Power seats
Standard
2011 Dodge Nitro Heat

8.4

Runner-up

Dodge Nitro Heat

starting from

$22,995

Reasons to buy the Dodge Nitro Heat

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OK brakes
Disc
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Average power
210 HP @ 5,200 RPM
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Average cargo space
75.6 ft3
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Power mirrors
Standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.0
2012 Ford Escape Limited Winner: Escape Limited
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  • Leather comes standard on the Escape Limited; the Nitro Heat only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Escape Limited's power seats; not available on the Nitro Heat
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2012 Ford Escape Limited Winner: Escape Limited
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  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 16 mpg
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Safety Features - vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
Overall 10.0 vs 8.4

Luxury Features

Ford
Escape Limited
2012 Ford Escape Limited
2011 Dodge Nitro Heat Dodge
Nitro Heat
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Escape Limited's power seats; not available on the Nitro Heat
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Escape Limited; the Nitro Heat only offers cloth seats

Cost

Ford
Escape Limited
2012 Ford Escape Limited
2011 Dodge Nitro Heat Dodge
Nitro Heat
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MSRP $26,995 vs $22,995 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 16 mpg The Escape Limited has great city mileage, but the Nitro Heat is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Practicality

Ford
Escape Limited
2012 Ford Escape Limited
2011 Dodge Nitro Heat Dodge
Nitro Heat
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 66.3 ft3 vs 75.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.0 ft3 vs 54.8 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs 4
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Ford
Escape Limited
2012 Ford Escape Limited
2011 Dodge Nitro Heat Dodge
Nitro Heat
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 9.1 seconds The Nitro Heat's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Escape Limited is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 147 ft vs 142 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 18.1 s @ 81 mph vs 17.0 s @ 82 mph The Nitro Heat's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Escape Limited's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Ford
Escape Limited
2012 Ford Escape Limited
2011 Dodge Nitro Heat Dodge
Nitro Heat
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 5 vs 4 The Escape Limited has an OK number of airbags while the Nitro Heat has very few (missing Side)
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The Nitro Heat has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Escape Limited
2012 Ford Escape Limited
2011 Dodge Nitro Heat Dodge
Nitro Heat
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 2 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Ford
Escape Limited
2012 Ford Escape Limited
2011 Dodge Nitro Heat Dodge
Nitro Heat
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Horsepower 171 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 210 HP @ 5,200 RPM The Nitro Heat is of average power, but the Escape Limited is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 4 The Escape Limited has more gears, but the Nitro Heat has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.3 lb/hp vs 18.9 lb/hp The Nitro Heat has OK performance while the Escape Limited gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 ft vs 36.3 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

Ford
Escape Limited
2012 Ford Escape Limited
2011 Dodge Nitro Heat Dodge
Nitro Heat
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 6
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Escape Limited, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

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2011 Dodge Nitro Shock 2011 Dodge Journey Lux Nitro Shock vs Journey Lux
2011 Dodge Nitro Detonator 2011 Dodge Durango Crew Nitro Detonator vs Durango Crew
2012 Ford Escape Limited 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Escape Limited vs Grand Cherokee Laredo
2012 Ford Escape Limited 2011 Ford Edge SE Escape Limited vs Edge SE
2012 Ford Escape XLS 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Escape XLS vs Outback 2.5i
2012 Ford Escape Limited 2012 Ford Fusion SEL Escape Limited vs Fusion SEL
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