2019 Honda HR-V vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the HR-V 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 and lane departure warning systems.

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

 

HR-V

Rogue Sport

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

205

398

Chest Compression

.5 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk

41%

65%

Neck Stress

218 lbs.

260 lbs.

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

78 lbs.

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

Reliability

The engine in the HR-V has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Rogue Sport has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the HR-V’s reliability 20 points higher than the Rogue Sport.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda HR-V is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

 

HR-V

Rogue Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

9.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

16.4 sec

16.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4.8 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82.2 MPH

80.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the HR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Rogue Sport:

 

 

HR-V

Rogue Sport

 

2WD

1.8 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/34 hwy

25 city/32 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

1.8 4 cyl./Auto

27 city/31 hwy

24 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.8 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

Brakes and Stopping

The HR-V stops much shorter than the Rogue Sport:

 

HR-V

Rogue Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The HR-V’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 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 HR-V has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue Sport S.

Suspension and Handling

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The HR-V EX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis

The Honda HR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Nissan Rogue Sport.

The HR-V Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring 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 HR-V has 4.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue Sport (100.1 vs. 96).

The HR-V has .2 inches more front shoulder room, 5.9 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue Sport.

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

Cargo Capacity

The HR-V has a much larger cargo volume than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat up (24.3 vs. 22.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

Consumer Reports rated the HR-V’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Rogue Sport’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The HR-V EX-L/Touring’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

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda HR-V and the Nissan Rogue Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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