Childre Nissan Compares 2016 Nissan Rogue VS 2017 Kia Sportage Near Atlanta, GA

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2016 Nissan Rogue

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2017 Kia Sportage

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 Sportage 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.

The Rogue SL has standard NissanConnect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sportage doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Rogue and the Sportage 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.

Warranty Comparison

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

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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




4 cyl./Auto

26 city/33 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

4 cyl./Auto


21 city/26 hwy



4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

21 city/25 hwy

4 cyl./Auto


20 city/23 hwy


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 Sportage are solid, not vented.

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 Sportage 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 Sportage 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 Sportage doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Sportage (106.5 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sportage (7.6 vs. 6.8 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Rogue has 2.3 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sportage.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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



Third Seat Removed

39.3 cubic feet

30.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70 cubic feet

60.1 cubic feet

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 Sportage’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Rogue (except S). The Rogue’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Sportage doesn’t offer a navigation system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Rogue has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Awards



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