Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Rogue VS 2018 GMC Terrain Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Rogue

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2018 GMC Terrain

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front 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 GMC Terrain doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Both the Rogue and the Terrain have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

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 60 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Terrain has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Rogue’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Terrain’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 11 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine Comparison

The Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 6 more horsepower (176 vs. 170) than the Terrain’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue Hybrid FWD gets better city fuel mileage than the Terrain 4 cyl. diesel FWD (33 city vs. 28 city).

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







2.5 4 cyl./CVT

26 city/33 hwy

26 city/30 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto



22 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto


2.5 4 cyl./CVT

25 city/32 hwy

24 city/28 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto



21 city/26 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

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

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Rogue uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Terrain with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 Terrain are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Terrain doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Rogue has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Rogue flat and controlled during cornering. The Terrain’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Terrain SLE (8.4 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Rogue’s minimum ground clearance is .5 inch higher than on the Terrain SLT/Denali (8.4 vs. 7.9 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Terrain can only carry 5.

The Rogue has 2.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Terrain (105.8 vs. 103.2).

The Rogue has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Terrain.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Rogue has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Terrain with its rear seat up (39.3 vs. 29.6 cubic feet). The Rogue has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Terrain with its rear seat folded (70 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

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 Terrain can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Rogue (except S) 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 Terrain doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Rogue (except S)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Terrain’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Nissan Rogue outsold the GMC Terrain by over four to one during the 2017 model year.

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