2019 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2019 Fiat 500X

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Rogue Sport are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The 500X doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 500X doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Rogue Sport (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 500X only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Rogue Sport and the 500X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Rogue Sport 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500X. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 500X ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rogue Sport’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Rogue Sport’s reliability 41 points higher than the 500X.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 29th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue Sport gets better fuel mileage than the 500X:

 

 

 

MPG

Rogue Sport

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

500X

 

AWD

1.3 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Rogue Sport uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500X requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Rogue Sport has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the 500X (14.5 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 500X 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 500X are solid, not vented.

The Rogue Sport stops shorter than the 500X:

 

Rogue Sport

500X

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rogue Sport SL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 500X (225/45R19 vs. 215/60R17).

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 500X AWD Trekking/Trekking Plus’ optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue Sport SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The 500X’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Rogue Sport has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The 500X doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue Sport’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the 500X (104.2 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue Sport is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the 500X.

Chassis

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Rogue Sport has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The 500X uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The design of the Nissan Rogue Sport amounts to more than styling. The Rogue Sport has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the 500X (.35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Rogue Sport get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Rogue Sport has 4.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500X (96 vs. 91.7).

The Rogue Sport has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500X.

The front step up height for the Rogue Sport is 2.3 inches lower than the 500X (17.1” vs. 19.4”). The Rogue Sport’s rear step up height is 1.8 inches lower than the 500X’s (17.8” vs. 19.6”).

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the 500X with its rear seat up (22.9 vs. 12.2 cubic feet). The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the 500X with its rear seat folded (61.1 vs. 32.1 cubic feet).

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 500X 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 500X’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

On extremely cold winter days, the Rogue Sport’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The 500X doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Rogue Sport has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue Sport has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer rear vents.

Model Availability

The Rogue Sport is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The 500X doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Fiat 500X isn't recommended.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Fiat 500X by almost 79 to one during 2018.

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