2019 Lincoln MKC vs. 2018 Nissan Rogue

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Lincoln MKC are height-adjustable, and the rear 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 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The MKC Reserve’s optional 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 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the MKC 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems 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 Lincoln MKC is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

 

MKC

Rogue

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

177

294

Neck Stress

181 lbs.

284 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

175/258 lbs.

856/397 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

47%

63%

Neck Stress

115 lbs.

235 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 Lincoln MKC is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

 

MKC

Rogue

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

60

69

Chest Movement

.5 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

102 G’s

202 G’s

Hip Force

404 lbs.

477 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

778 lbs.

783 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Hip Force

 

784 lbs.

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

Warranty

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The MKC comes with a full 4-year/50,000-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 14,000 miles sooner.

Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the MKC 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.

Reliability

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The MKC has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Rogue doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the MKC first among compact premium 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 Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Lincoln MKC 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl.:

 

MKC

Rogue

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.4 MPH

83.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The MKC has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue (15.7 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The MKC 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

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

 

MKC

Rogue

Front Rotors

13.2 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.5 inches

The MKC stops shorter than the Rogue:

 

MKC

Rogue

 

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the MKC has larger standard tires than the Rogue (235/50R18 vs. 225/65R17). The MKC AWD’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue (255/40R20 vs. 225/65R17).

The MKC’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 MKC AWD’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Rogue SL’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the MKC has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue S/SV/Hybrid. The MKC AWD’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Rogue SL.

Suspension and Handling

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

The MKC offers an optional 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.

The MKC’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Rogue doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The MKC AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Rogue SL AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The MKC AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

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The MKC is 5.3 inches shorter than the Rogue, making the MKC easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the MKC 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 MKC 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

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The MKC has .4 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the MKC. The Rogue doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The MKC’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Rogue’s (2000 vs. 1102 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Rogue is only 1102 pounds. The MKC offers up to a 3000 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The MKC 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 MKC 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 Lincoln service is better than Nissan. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 36% lower rating, Nissan is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

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To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the MKC Select/Reserve/Black Label 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 MKC’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, 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 MKC and the Rogue have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the MKC 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 MKC’s front and rear power windows all 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 standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them. With the Rogue SV/SL’s power windows, only the driver’s window opens or closes automatically.

If the windows are left open on the MKC the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Rogue can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the MKC’s exterior PIN entry system. The Rogue doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The MKC’s standard 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 MKC’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

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

The MKC Select/Reserve/Black Label 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 MKC has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Rogue. The MKC also offers optional heated rear 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 MKC Reserve/Black Label 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 MKC 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 MKC (except Premiere) offers an optional 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.

The MKC Reserve/Black Label’s optional Active 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

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the MKC is less expensive to operate than the Rogue because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the MKC than the Rogue, including $188 less for a starter, $231 less for fuel injection and $114 less for a fuel pump.

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