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

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2017 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, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rogue its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sportage is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

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

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Sportage 2.4 4 cyl.:

 

 

Rogue

Sportage

 

FWD

Auto

33 city/35 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

Auto

31 city/34 hwy

21 city/25 hwy

 

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

 

 

Rogue

Sportage

 

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

26 city/33 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

LX/EX/Auto

 

 

n/a

21 city/26 hwy

SX/Auto

4WD

4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

21 city/25 hwy

LX/EX/Auto

 

 

n/a

20 city/23 hwy

SX/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Rogue Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Sportage doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Rogue Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sportage doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Sportage (8.2 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.

 

Rogue

Sportage

Third Seat Removed

32 cubic feet

30.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70 cubic feet

60.1 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

When different drivers share the Rogue SL, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Sportage doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Rogue’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Sportage’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Rogue SL offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Sportage doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Sportage because typical repairs cost less on the Rogue than the Sportage, including $62 less for a water pump, $10 less for an alternator, $1 less for front brake pads and $70 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Kia Sportage by over four to one during the 2016 model year.

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