2011 Dodge
Nitro Shock
vs. 2012 Ford
Escape XLT

2011 Dodge Nitro Shock

9.8

starting from

$27,995

Reasons to buy the Dodge Nitro Shock

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Average power
260 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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OK brakes
Disc
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Average cargo space
75.6 ft3
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Power mirrors
Standard
2012 Ford Escape XLT

9.2

Runner-up

Ford Escape XLT

starting from

$25,495

Reasons to buy the Ford Escape XLT

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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.4"
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Average range on the highway
490 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock Winner: Nitro Shock
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Nitro Shock's standard sun roof
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Nitro Shock
Cost 9.5 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Escape XLT Winner: Escape XLT
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  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 16 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $2,500 cheaper (around 10% less), $25,495 vs $27,995
Practicality - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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  • Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance 10.0 vs -
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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 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
Overall 9.8 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

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Nitro Shock
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Nitro Shock's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Nitro Shock

Cost

Dodge
Nitro Shock
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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MSRP $27,995 vs $25,495 The Escape XLT has a great price and the Nitro Shock is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 21 mpg The Escape XLT has great city mileage, but the Nitro Shock 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

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Nitro Shock
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 75.6 ft3 vs 66.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.8 ft3 vs 55.0 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 Not Available The Nitro Shock offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Escape XLT
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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Nitro Shock
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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0-60 mph Unknown vs 10.7 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph 142 ft vs 147 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 18.1 s @ 81 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Dodge
Nitro Shock
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 4 vs 5 The Escape XLT has an OK number of airbags while the Nitro Shock has very few (missing Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Nitro Shock 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 Uconnect vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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Nitro Shock
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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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 Unknown vs 2 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 4 stars

Performance

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Nitro Shock
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Horsepower 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 171 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Nitro Shock is of average power, but the Escape XLT is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Escape XLT has more gears and the Nitro Shock is OK, too
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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 Not Available vs Unknown
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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 15.5 lb/hp vs 19.3 lb/hp The Nitro Shock is a sporty car, but the Escape XLT is sluggish
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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 36.3 ft vs 36.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Nitro Shock
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Number of speakers 8 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the Escape XLT, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Dodge Nitro Shock 2011 Dodge Journey Mainstreet Nitro Shock vs Journey Mainstreet
2012 Ford Escape XLS 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Escape XLS vs Outback 2.5i
2012 Ford Escape Limited 2011 Ford Edge SE Escape Limited vs Edge SE
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Escape XLT vs Grand Cherokee Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Jeep Liberty Limited Edition Escape XLT vs Liberty Limited Edition
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Mazda Tribute i Grand Touring Escape XLT vs Tribute i Grand Touring

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