2019 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Nissan Rogue

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Safety

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Both the Sportage and the Rogue 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, 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 Kia Sportage is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

 

Sportage

Rogue

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Kia Sportage is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

 

Sportage

Rogue

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

Warranty

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The Sportage comes with a full 5-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 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sportage 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the Rogue. 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 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sportage has a standard 140-amp alternator (150-amp - Sportage SX Turbo AWD). The Rogue’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage second among small suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Rogue isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 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 Kia vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia third in reliability. Nissan is ranked 11th.

Engine

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The Sportage’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (181 vs. 170) than the Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Kia Sportage 4 cyl. is faster than the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl.:

 

Sportage

Rogue

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

83.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sportage has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue (16.4 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Sportage LX/EX

Sportage SX Turbo

Rogue

Front Rotors

12 inches

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.9 inches

11.5 inches

The Sportage stops shorter than the Rogue:

 

Sportage

Rogue

 

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sportage SX Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue (245/45R19 vs. 225/65R17).

The Sportage LX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rogue S/SV/Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires. The Sportage SX Turbo’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rogue SL’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sportage is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Rogue.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Rogue SL AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sportage’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Rogue’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.6 feet).

Chassis

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The Sportage is 8.1 inches shorter than the Rogue, making the Sportage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Sportage has .3 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear legroom than the Rogue.

Towing

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The Sportage’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Rogue’s (2000 vs. 1102 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The Sportage 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

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

The power windows standard on both the Sportage and the Rogue have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Sportage 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 Sportage’s standard driver’s power window lowers with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Rogue’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to open it fully.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage 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.

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

The Sportage 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 Sportage SX Turbo has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rogue doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Sportage (except LX) 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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Sportage owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sportage will cost $275 less than the Rogue over a five-year period.

The Sportage will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Sportage will retain 49.49% to 53.25% of its original price after five years, while the Rogue only retains 43.21% to 44.99%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the Rogue because it costs $126 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sportage than the Rogue, including $8 less for front brake pads, $199 less for a starter, $180 less for fuel injection, $177 less for a fuel pump and $399 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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The Kia Sportage has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Sportage

Rogue

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

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