2018 Jeep Compass vs. 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Compass has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Compass Trailhawk’s standard Hill-descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer Hill-descent Control.

Both the Compass and the Rogue Sport 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, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Compass the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 144 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rogue Sport has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Compass’ warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Compass has a standard 160-amp alternator. The Rogue Sport’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The Compass’ 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 39 more horsepower (180 vs. 141) and 28 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Jeep Compass is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport (automatics tested):

 

Compass

Rogue Sport

Zero to 30 MPH

3.6 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.8 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Compass Auto’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 Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Compass has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Compass’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Rogue Sport:

 

Compass

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.7 inches

The Compass stops shorter than the Rogue Sport:

 

Compass

Rogue Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Compass Limited 4x4’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue Sport (235/45R19 vs. 225/45R19).

The Compass Trailhawk has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Rogue Sport, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

The Compass’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Compass Limited 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Compass 4x4 Trailhawk’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Rogue Sport’s (35.3 feet vs. 36.9 feet). The Compass’ turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Rogue Sport’s (36.3 feet vs. 36.9 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Compass has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Rogue Sport (8.2 vs. 7.4 inches), allowing the Compass to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Compass Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 1.1 inches higher than on the Rogue Sport (8.5 vs. 7.4 inches).

Passenger Space

The Compass has 3.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue Sport (99.6 vs. 96).

The Compass has .7 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 4.9 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue Sport.

Cargo Capacity

The Compass has a much larger cargo area than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat up (27.2 vs. 22.9 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Compass Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The Compass 4x4 w/Towing Package offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Rogue Sport has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Compass and the Rogue Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Compass is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rogue Sport prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Compass’ front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its front windows also automatically close, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rogue Sport’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Compass Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rogue Sport’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Compass Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Compass’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Rogue Sport and aren’t offered on the Rogue Sport S.

The Compass’ optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its December 2017 issue and they ranked the Jeep Compass Trailhawk higher than the Nissan Rogue Sport SL 4x4.

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