Childre Nissan Compares 2020 Nissan Rogue VS 2019 Toyota Highlander Near Gray, GA

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2020 Nissan Rogue

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2019 Toyota Highlander

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 Highlander 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 uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Highlander doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Rogue third among compact SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Highlander isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

MPG

Rogue

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

Highlander

FWD

2.7 DOHC 4-cyl.

20 city/24 hwy

w/Start/Stop 3.5 DOHC V6

21 city/27 hwy

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

LE Plus 3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

XLE/SE/Limited 3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

LE 3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

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 SV AWD handles at .81 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 650 to 1000 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 offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .319 to .336 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). 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.

The Rogue’s cruise control switch is lit from behind, making it plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Highlander’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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 $73 less for a starter, $29 less for fuel injection, $69 less for a fuel pump and $835 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 $1302 to $4608 less than for the Toyota Highlander.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Toyota Highlander by 69% during 2018.

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