Childre Nissan Compares 2016 Nissan Rogue VS 2016 Toyota Highlander Near Atlanta, GA

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2016 Nissan Rogue

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2016 Toyota Highlander

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 Highlander 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 Highlander 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue is safer than the Toyota Highlander:

Rogue

Highlander

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

31%

47%

Neck Stress

284 lbs.

509 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

73 lbs.

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

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Rogue

Highlander

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

26 city/33 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

n/a

19 city/25 hwy

V6/Auto

4WD

4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

n/a

n/a

18 city/24 hwy

V6/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 Highlander are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops much shorter than the Highlander:

Rogue

Highlander

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

144 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 Highlander doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available 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 Highlander 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 Highlander doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Rogue SL AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the Highlander LE pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Rogue may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 900 pounds less than the Toyota Highlander.

The Rogue is 8.8 inches shorter than the Highlander, making the Rogue easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Nissan Rogue amounts to more than styling. The Rogue has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Highlander (.33 to .34) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Rogue get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue has .9 inches more front headroom and 3.7 inches more third row legroom than the Highlander.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Highlander can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Rogue will be $1215 to $5853 less than for the Toyota Highlander.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Rogue and the Toyota Highlander, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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