2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Santa Fe and Rogue Sport have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Santa Fe has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Rogue Sport’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Santa Fe’s standard Downhill Brake Control allows you to creep down safely. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer Downhill Brake Control.

The Santa Fe’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Santa Fe 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Santa Fe its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rogue Sport has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

The Santa Fe comes with a full 5-year/60,000-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 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the Rogue Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Rogue Sport ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Rogue Sport’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 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 Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 4 places higher in reliability than Nissan.

Engine

The Santa Fe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 44 more horsepower (185 vs. 141) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (178 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Santa Fe 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 94 more horsepower (235 vs. 141) and 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

The Santa Fe’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 49 more horsepower (190 vs. 141) and 175 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Santa Fe 4 cyl. is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

 

Santa Fe

Rogue Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.3 MPH

80.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Santa Fe’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 Santa Fe has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue Sport (18.8 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Santa Fe

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

12 inches

11.5 inches

The Santa Fe stops much shorter than the Rogue Sport:

 

Santa Fe

Rogue Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Santa Fe has larger tires than the Rogue Sport (235/65R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Santa Fe SE/SEL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue Sport (235/65R17 vs. 225/45R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Santa Fe SE/SEL has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue Sport S.

Suspension and Handling

The Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Santa Fe’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the Rogue Sport (108.9 inches vs. 104.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Rogue Sport.

The Santa Fe handles at .78 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Santa Fe Ultimate AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Santa Fe 2.2D has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Rogue Sport can only carry 5.

The Santa Fe has 14.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue Sport (110.7 vs. 96).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Santa Fe’s middle row seats recline. The Rogue Sport’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Santa Fe 2.2D’s cargo area provides more volume than the Rogue Sport.

 

Santa Fe

Rogue Sport

Third Seat Removed

35.9 cubic feet

22.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70.7 cubic feet

61.1 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Santa Fe SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate’s second row 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 when your hands are full, the Santa Fe SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Santa Fe’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Servicing Ease

The Santa Fe 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.

Ergonomics

When different drivers share the Santa Fe Ultimate, the memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Santa Fe Ultimate has a standard 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 Santa Fe and the Rogue Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe SEL/Limited/Ultimate’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, 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.

The Santa Fe Ultimate’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 Santa Fe 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.

The Santa Fe SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate’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.

Both the Santa Fe and the Rogue Sport offer available heated front seats. The Santa Fe Ultimate also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Rogue Sport.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Santa Fe Ultimate 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.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Nissan Rogue Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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