Childre Nissan Compares 2012 Nissan Rogue VS 2012 Kia Sorento Near Dublin, GA

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2012 Nissan Rogue

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2012 Kia Sorento

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Rogue are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Kia Sorento doesn’t offer height-adjustable rear seat belts.

The Rogue SL has a standard Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Sorento only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Rogue and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, 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 and available all wheel drive.

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 Rogue is safer than the Kia Sorento:

Rogue

Sorento

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

174 G’s

214 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Spine Acceleration

48 G’s

59 G’s

Hip Force

661 lbs.

1130 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

188

194

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

43 G’s

Hip Force

653 lbs.

952 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

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The Rogue’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sorento runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 73 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Rogue’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

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The Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 169) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue is faster than the Kia Sorento 4 cyl.:

Rogue

Sorento

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

10.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.9 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

17 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.9 MPH

79.4 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Rogue’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Sorento are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops shorter than the Sorento:

Rogue

Sorento

60 to 0 MPH

137 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Rogue SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento EX/SX’s 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Rogue has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Sorento doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento SX (8.3 vs. 7.1 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Rogue’s minimum ground clearance is .8 inch higher than on the Sorento (8.3 vs. 7.5 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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The Nissan Rogue may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 650 pounds less than the Kia Sorento.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Rogue has 1.2 inches more front headroom and 1.2 inches more front legroom than the Sorento.

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