2019 Cadillac XT4 vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac XT4 are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Nissan Rogue Sport has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the XT4 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The XT4 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Rogue Sport’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XT4 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the Rogue Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Rogue Sport ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The XT4’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Rogue Sport’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Cadillac pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the XT4. Cadillac will pay for an oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Rogue Sport.

Engine

The XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 96 more horsepower (237 vs. 141) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac XT4 is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

 

XT4

Rogue Sport

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

9.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.4 sec

16.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.7 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.8 MPH

80.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT4’s fuel efficiency. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XT4’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 XT4 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue Sport (15.9 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XT4 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue Sport (16.3 vs. 14.5 gallons).

The XT4 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 XT4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rogue Sport:

 

XT4

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.5 inches

The XT4 stops much shorter than the Rogue Sport:

 

XT4

Rogue Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XT4 has larger standard tires than the Rogue Sport (235/60R18 vs. 215/65R16). The XT4 Premium/Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue Sport (245/45R20 vs. 225/45R19).

The XT4’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rogue Sport S’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT4 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue Sport S. The XT4 Premium/Sport’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Rogue Sport SL.

Suspension and Handling

The XT4 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Rogue Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XT4’s wheelbase is 5.2 inches longer than on the Rogue Sport (109.4 inches vs. 104.2 inches).

The XT4 Sport AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XT4 Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.3 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (26.3 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis

The XT4 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The XT4 has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue Sport (101 vs. 96).

The XT4 has 1.1 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 6.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.9 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue Sport.

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the XT4. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the XT4 Premium/Sport has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or, optionally on the XT4 Premium/Sport, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The XT4 has a 2500 lbs. towing capacity. The Rogue Sport has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The XT4 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Rogue Sport uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Nissan. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 47% lower rating, Nissan is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the XT4 Premium/Sport, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a memory system.

The XT4 Premium/Sport’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The XT4 Premium/Sport offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the XT4 and the Rogue Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the XT4 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 XT4’s 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.

On a hot day the XT4’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Rogue Sport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The XT4 Premium/Sport’s standard 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.

The XT4 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Rogue Sport has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SV/SL.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XT4 (except Luxury) offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The XT4’s 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.

When the XT4 Premium/Sport is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Rogue Sport’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The XT4 Premium/Sport’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

Both the XT4 and the Rogue Sport offer available heated front seats. The XT4 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Rogue Sport.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the XT4 Premium/Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The XT4 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Rogue Sport SV/SL.

The XT4 Premium/Sport’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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