Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport VS 2019 Kia Sportage Near Atlanta, GA

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2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

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2019 Kia Sportage

Safety Comparison

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Rogue are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Sportage doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rogue SV/SL has standard Rear Automatic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Sportage doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, 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 and available all wheel drive.

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

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl. is faster than the Kia Sportage 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

9.6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.8 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.2 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







2.0 4 cyl./CVT

33 city/35 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto


2.0 4 cyl./CVT

31 city/34 hwy

21 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

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







2.5 4 cyl./CVT

26 city/33 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto



22 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto



21 city/26 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto


2.5 4 cyl./CVT

25 city/32 hwy

21 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./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 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Sportage (8.4 vs. 6.8 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Sportage (105.8 vs. 98.6).

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 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Sportage with its rear seat up (39.3 vs. 30.7 cubic feet). The Rogue has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Sportage with its rear seat folded (70 vs. 60.1 cubic feet).

The Rogue’s cargo area is larger than the Sportage’s in every dimension:




Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Min Width



Ergonomics Comparison

When different drivers share the Rogue (except S), the optional 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 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.

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 Sportage can only operate 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 Sportage doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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 $11 less for a water pump, $37 less for a muffler, $79 less for front struts and $96 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Rogue and the Kia Sportage, 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 Sportage was rated third in its category.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Kia Sportage by almost six to one during 2017.

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