2019 GMC Acadia vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Acadia Denali’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Rogue doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the GMC Acadia’s middle 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 doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle seat belts.

The Acadia has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Rogue doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Acadia and the Rogue 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 GMC Acadia is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

 

Acadia

Rogue

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

138

294

Neck Injury Risk

22%

31%

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

284 lbs.

Neck Compression

16 lbs.

44 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

112/392 lbs.

856/397 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

37%

63%

Neck Stress

152 lbs.

235 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

10/95 lbs.

393/402 lbs.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the GMC Acadia is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

 

Acadia

Rogue

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

155 G’s

202 G’s

Hip Force

253 lbs.

477 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

51 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches

HIC

319

547

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

38 G’s

Hip Force

673 lbs.

784 lbs.

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

Warranty

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

GMC pays for scheduled maintenance on the Acadia for 2 years and 24,000 miles. GMC will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Rogue.

There are over 57 percent more GMC dealers than there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Acadia’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Acadia has a standard 150-amp alternator (155-amp - Acadia V6 and 170 V6). The Rogue’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 23 more horsepower (193 vs. 170) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (188 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Acadia’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 17 more horsepower (193 vs. 176) than the Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Acadia’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 134 more horsepower (310 vs. 176) than the Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the GMC Acadia V6 is faster than the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl.:

 

Acadia

Rogue

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.6 MPH

83.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Acadia FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue (19.4 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Acadia AWD’s standard fuel tank has 7.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue (21.7 vs. 14.5 gallons).

The Acadia 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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Acadia

Rogue

Rogue Hybrid

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.5 inches

11.7 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Acadia has larger standard tires than the Rogue (235/65R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Acadia’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue (255/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Acadia offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Rogue’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The GMC Acadia’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Nissan Rogue only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

The Acadia 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’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Acadia’s wheelbase is 6 inches longer than on the Rogue (112.5 inches vs. 106.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Acadia is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Rogue.

The Acadia SLT AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Rogue SL AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Acadia SLT AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the Acadia FWD 4 cyl. 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 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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

Passenger Space

The Acadia has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Rogue can only carry 5.

The Acadia has 38 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue (143.8 vs. 105.8).

The Acadia has 1.7 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rogue.

Cargo Capacity

The Acadia’s cargo area provides more volume than the Rogue.

 

Acadia

Rogue

Third Seat Folded

41.7 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

39.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

79 cubic feet

70 cubic feet

The Acadia’s cargo area is larger than the Rogue’s in almost every dimension:

 

Acadia

Rogue

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

18.5”/48”/83”

n.a./33.5”/68.5”

Max Width

50”

n/a

Height

33”

n/a

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Acadia’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rogue doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Rogue is limited to 1102 pounds. The Acadia offers up to a 4000 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Acadia uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Rogue 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.

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

Ergonomics

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Acadia Denali offers a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Rogue doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Acadia (except SL/SLE)’s optional 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 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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

The Acadia’s standard front power windows 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’s passenger windows don’t open automatically. The Acadia’s optional front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches.

The Acadia’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Rogue’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Acadia 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 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SV/SL.

The Acadia’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan charges extra for heated mirrors on the Rogue.

When the Acadia with available tilt-down mirrors 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’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Acadia SLT/Denali has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Acadia Denali keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Rogue doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Acadia 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 SV/SL.

The Acadia SLT/Denali has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Rogue doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Acadia is less expensive to operate than the Rogue because typical repairs cost less on the Acadia than the Rogue, including $48 less for a starter, $113 less for fuel injection and $75 less for a power steering pump.

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