2019 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2019 Hyundai Kona

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 Kona 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 Kona 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 Kona only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Rogue Sport and the Kona 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 and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

There are over 29 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Rogue Sport’s warranty.

Engine

The Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (147 vs. 132) than the Kona’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue Sport is faster than the Hyundai Kona 4 cyl.:

 

Rogue Sport

Kona

Zero to 30 MPH

3.8 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

10.3 sec

11.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.2 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.9 sec

18.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

The Rogue Sport has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Kona (14.5 vs. 13.2 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 Kona doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Rogue Sport

Kona

Front Rotors

11.65 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.3 inches

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 Kona are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rogue Sport has larger standard tires than the Kona (215/65R16 vs. 205/60R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue Sport SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The Kona’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 Kona doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Nissan Rogue Sport has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kona 4x2 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue Sport’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the Kona (104.2 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Rogue Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Kona (7.4 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Rogue Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Rogue Sport has 1.3 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Kona.

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Kona with its rear seat up (22.9 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Kona with its rear seat folded (61.1 vs. 45.8 cubic feet).

The Rogue Sport’s cargo area is larger than the Kona’s in every dimension:

 

Rogue Sport

Kona

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.3”/62.3”

28.6”/61”

Max Width

54.2”

48”

Height

33.3”

30”

Payload

The Rogue Sport has a higher standard payload capacity than the Kona (1115 vs. 915 lbs.).

The Rogue Sport has a higher maximum payload capacity than the Kona (1115 vs. 930 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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 Kona SE/SEL/Limited’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

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 Kona doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Rogue Sport SV/SL’s 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. The Kona doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Rogue Sport and the Kona offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue Sport has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Kona doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Rogue Sport (except SV) offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Kona doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Rogue Sport and the Hyundai Kona, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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