2019 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Rogue Sport are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rogue Sport SV/SL has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Equinox doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Rogue Sport and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

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

 

Rogue Sport

Equinox

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

163/130 lbs.

363/349 lbs.

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

Warranty

The Rogue Sport’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 9 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Nissan Rogue Sport higher (5 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Equinox (3 to 5). This means the Rogue Sport produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Equinox every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Rogue Sport has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Equinox doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Rogue Sport’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Equinox are solid, not vented.

The Rogue Sport stops shorter than the Equinox:

 

Rogue Sport

Equinox

 

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Rogue Sport SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Equinox Premier’s optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Rogue Sport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Rogue Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better maneuverability, the Rogue Sport’s turning circle is .5 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (36.9 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Rogue Sport’s turning circle is 4.7 feet tighter than the Equinox w/19” wheels’ (36.9 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

Chassis

The Rogue Sport is 10.7 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the Rogue Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Rogue Sport has 1.9 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Ergonomics

The Rogue Sport has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Equinox doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Rogue Sport’s 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 Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Equinox isn't recommended.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Chevrolet Equinox by 33% during the 2018 model year.

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