2019 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Rogue Sport and the Santa Fe 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue Sport gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe:

 

 

 

MPG

Rogue Sport

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

Santa Fe

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

19 city/24 hwy

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 Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe are solid, not vented.

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 Santa Fe’s optional 55 series tires.

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 Santa Fe doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Rogue Sport has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better maneuverability, the Rogue Sport’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Santa Fe’s (36.9 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan Rogue Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 950 pounds less than the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The Rogue Sport is 1 foot, 3.4 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the Rogue Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Rogue Sport has standard flush composite headlights. The Santa Fe has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

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 Santa Fe’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Recommendations

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

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Hyundai Santa Fe by over three to one during the 2018 model year.

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