Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Rogue VS 2018 Toyota Highlander Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Rogue

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2018 Toyota Highlander

Safety Comparison

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, crash mitigating brakes, 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 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.

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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 13th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Rogue

Highlander

 

FWD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

33 city/35 hwy

20 city/24 hwy

2.7 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

31 city/34 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

3.5 4 cyl./Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue FWD 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Highlander FWD 4 cyl. (26 city/33 hwy vs. 20 city/24 hwy).

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

146 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.

For better maneuverability, the Rogue’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Highlander’s (37.6 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Highlander (8.4 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Rogue may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 850 pounds less than the Toyota Highlander.

The Rogue is 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.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Rogue’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Highlander doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Rogue SV/SL has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Highlander doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

If the windows are left open on the Rogue the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Highlander can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Highlander because typical repairs cost much less on the Rogue than the Highlander, including $221 less for a water pump, $555 less for an alternator, $123 less for a starter, $35 less for fuel injection, $239 less for a fuel pump, $447 less for front struts and $768 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 $873 to $5474 less than for the Toyota Highlander.

Recommendations Comparison

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 Highlander isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Toyota Highlander by 87% during 2017.

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