2019 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s 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 doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

Both the Equinox 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, 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

 

Equinox

Rogue Sport

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

159

326

Neck Injury Risk

17%

20%

Neck Stress

190 lbs.

224 lbs.

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

71 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

376

398

Chest Compression

.6 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk

26%

65%

Neck Stress

153 lbs.

260 lbs.

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

78 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

264/236 lbs.

328/396 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 Equinox the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rogue Sport has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Equinox. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Rogue Sport.

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

Engine

The Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 29 more horsepower (170 vs. 141) and 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 111 more horsepower (252 vs. 141) and 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

The Equinox’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 93 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chevrolet Equinox is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

 

Equinox 1.5

Equinox 2.0

Rogue Sport

Zero to 30 MPH

3.7 sec

n/a

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

6.6 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

15.2 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82 MPH

92.1 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Equinox

 

FWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

28 city/39 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

28 city/38 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

Rogue Sport

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Equinox’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 Equinox AWD/Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue Sport (15.6 vs. 14.5 gallons).

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

 

Equinox 1.5T/Diesel

Equinox 2.0T

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

The Equinox stops much shorter than the Rogue Sport:

 

Equinox

Rogue Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Equinox has larger standard tires than the Rogue Sport (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Equinox Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue Sport (235/50R19 vs. 225/45R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Equinox has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue Sport S.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Equinox’s wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the Rogue Sport (107.3 inches vs. 104.2 inches).

The Equinox’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56.7% to 43.3%) than the Rogue Sport’s (59% to 41%). This gives the Equinox more stable handling and braking.

The Equinox Premier handles at .83 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Equinox Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the Equinox uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Equinox 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 Equinox has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue Sport (103.2 vs. 96).

The Equinox has .4 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 6.3 inches more rear legroom and 4.8 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Equinox’s rear seats recline. The Rogue Sport’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Equinox has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat up (29.9 vs. 22.9 cubic feet). The Equinox has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat folded (63.5 vs. 61.1 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Equinox LT/Premier’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Equinox (except L/LS) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Equinox Premier, 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 Equinox has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Rogue Sport has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Equinox has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Rogue Sport doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Equinox Premier, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Equinox Premier’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 Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Rogue Sport does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Equinox and the Rogue Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Equinox 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 Equinox’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Rogue Sport’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

On a hot day the Equinox’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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Equinox LS/LT/Premier’s available exterior keypad. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost NissanConnect can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Equinox has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Rogue Sport has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SV/SL.

The Equinox’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 Equinox Premier 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 Equinox Premier’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 Equinox and the Rogue Sport offer available heated front seats. The Equinox Premier 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 Equinox Premier 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.

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