2019 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Trax 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, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors 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 Trax is safer than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

 

Trax

Rogue Sport

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

122

326

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

71 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

207

398

Chest Compression

.3 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk

38%

65%

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

260 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

249/289 lbs.

328/396 lbs.

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

Warranty

The Trax’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 Trax. Chevrolet will pay for an oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance during the first 12 months. 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 Trax’s warranty.

Reliability

The Chevrolet Trax’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Rogue Sport’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Trax has a standard 130-amp alternator. The Rogue Sport’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Trax is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

 

Trax

Rogue Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.3 sec

9.8 sec

Quarter Mile

17.1 sec

17.5 sec

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Trax

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.65 inches

The Trax stops much shorter than the Rogue Sport:

 

Trax

Rogue Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Trax has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Rogue Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Trax Premier handles at .80 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Trax Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 450 pounds less than the Nissan Rogue Sport.

The Trax is 4.8 inches shorter than the Rogue Sport, making the Trax easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Trax has .5 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom and 3.8 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue Sport.

Servicing Ease

The Trax 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

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

The Trax 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 Trax Premier’s standard 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

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Chevrolet Trax, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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