Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Rogue VS 2018 Lexus NX Near Warner Robins, GA

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2018 Nissan Rogue

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2018 Lexus NX

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Emergency Braking optional in the Rogue as “Superior.” The NX Series scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

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

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 Lexus NX Series:

 

Rogue

NX Series

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

31%

46%

Neck Stress

284 lbs.

509 lbs.

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

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 Lexus NX Series:

 

Rogue

NX Series

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

69

192

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

142

317

 

Into Pole

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

15 inches

Hip Force

784 lbs.

828 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 5 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rogue’s warranty.

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 Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue Hybrid AWD gets better fuel mileage than the NX 300h CVT (31 city/34 hwy vs. 33 city/30 hwy).

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

 

 

Rogue

NX Series

 

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/33 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

22 city/27 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Rogue uses regular unleaded gasoline. The NX 300 requires premium, 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 NX Series are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops shorter than the NX Series:

 

Rogue

NX Series

 

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue SL offers optional 19-inch wheels. The NX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 NX Series 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 NX Series doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the NX Series (106.5 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Rogue’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the NX Series’ (37.6 feet vs. 39.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the NX 300h (8.4 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Rogue’s minimum ground clearance is 1.5 inches higher than on the NX 300 (8.4 vs. 6.9 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Rogue may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 500 pounds less than the Lexus NX Series.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue has 34.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the NX Series (105.8 vs. 71.6).

The Rogue has 4.2 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the NX Series.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Rogue has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the NX Series with its rear seat up (39.3 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The Rogue has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the NX Series with its rear seat folded (70 vs. 54.6 cubic feet).

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Rogue owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Rogue will cost $425 to $1345 less than the NX Series over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the NX Series because typical repairs cost much less on the Rogue than the NX Series, including $548 less for a water pump, $42 less for an alternator, $371 less for a starter, $20 less for fuel injection, $45 less for front struts and $334 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Rogue will be $3882 to $6358 less than for the Lexus NX Series.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Rogue and the Lexus NX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Rogue second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The NX Series isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Lexus NX Series by almost seven to one during 2017.

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