Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Rogue VS 2015 Jeep Cherokee Near Macon, GA

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2015 Nissan Rogue

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2015 Jeep Cherokee

Safety Comparison

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

Both the Rogue and the Cherokee 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, 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 Jeep Cherokee:

Rogue

Cherokee

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

69

70

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

142

255

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

43 G’s

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rogue its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2014, a rating granted to only 48 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cherokee has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 19th in initial quality. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 18th in reliability. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 4 cyl.:

Rogue

Cherokee

Zero to 30 MPH

3.7 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

10.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.8 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

18.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.2 MPH

78.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee:

Rogue

Cherokee

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

26 city/33 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

25 city/32 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

19 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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 Cherokee are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops much shorter than the Cherokee:

Rogue

Cherokee

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Rogue has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Cherokee doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires optional on the Rogue can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Cherokee doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 Cherokee doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Rogue may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the Jeep Cherokee.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Cherokee can only carry 5.

The Rogue has 23 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cherokee (126.5 vs. 103.5).

The Rogue has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Rogue’s cargo area provides more volume than the Cherokee.

Rogue

Cherokee

Third Seat Removed

39.3 cubic feet

24.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70 cubic feet

54.9 cubic feet

The Rogue’s cargo area is larger than the Cherokee’s in almost every dimension:

Rogue

Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.5”/68.5”

33.9”/67.6”

Min Width

44”

39.4”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Rogue (except S) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Rogue’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Cherokee’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

If the windows are left down on the Rogue the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the Rogue’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Cherokee’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Fair” (depending on model and options).

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Rogue won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue. The Jeep Cherokee didn't win any award.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Rogue first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Cherokee was rated third.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Jeep Cherokee by 25% during the 2014 model year.

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