2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Nissan Rogue doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the QX30 and the Rogue have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Rogue’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 24,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the Rogue. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Rogue ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The QX30’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Rogue’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 8 places higher in reliability than Nissan.

Engine

The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 38 more horsepower (208 vs. 170) and 83 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (208 vs. 176) than the Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl.:

 

QX30

Rogue

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

83.2 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the QX30’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rogue:

 

QX30

Rogue

Rogue Hybrid

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.6 inches

11.5 inches

11.7 inches

The QX30 stops much shorter than the Rogue:

 

QX30

Rogue

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the QX30 has larger tires than the Rogue (235/50R18 vs. 225/65R17).

The QX30’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rogue S/SV/Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires. The QX30’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rogue SL’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX30 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue S/SV/Hybrid.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX30 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the Rogue.

Suspension and Handling

The QX30 Sport handles at .88 G’s, while the Rogue SL AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.8 seconds quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Rogue’s (36.6 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Rogue’s (37.3 feet vs. 37.6 feet).

Chassis

The QX30 is 10.3 inches shorter than the Rogue, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The QX30 is 10 inches shorter in height than the Rogue, making the QX30 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the QX30. The Rogue doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The QX30 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.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Nissan. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 52% lower rating, Nissan is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the QX30 has 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.

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional at extra cost in the Rogue (except S), the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential’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 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The QX30’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rogue’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the QX30 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Rogue can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The QX30 Sport/Essential’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rogue’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the QX30 Sport/Essential to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Rogue doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The QX30 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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the QX30 Sport/Essential has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rogue doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The QX30’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 QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Rogue’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The QX30 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.

The QX30 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 QX30 (except Pure/Luxe)’s optional Intelligent Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Rogue doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the QX30 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the QX30 with a number “5” insurance rate while the Rogue is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX30 is less expensive to operate than the Rogue because it costs $333 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the QX30 than the Rogue, including $1 less for front brake pads, $45 less for fuel injection, $36 less for a fuel pump and $126 less for a timing belt/chain.

© 1991-2018 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved.

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