2019 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2019 Hyundai Tucson

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 Tucson 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 Tucson doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Rogue Sport and the Tucson 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, 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 Hyundai Tucson:

 

Rogue Sport

Tucson

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

21%

Neck Compression

71 lbs.

97 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue Sport is safer than the Hyundai Tucson:

 

Rogue Sport

Tucson

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

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.

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 12 points higher than the Tucson.

Engine

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue Sport is faster than the Tucson 2.0 4 cyl.:

 

Rogue Sport

Tucson

Zero to 30 MPH

3.8 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

10.3 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.2 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.9 sec

18.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Rogue Sport

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

Tucson

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

 

 

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/25 hwy

 

 

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/26 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 Tucson 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 Tucson are solid, not vented.

The Rogue Sport stops shorter than the Tucson:

 

Rogue Sport

Tucson

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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 Tucson doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For greater off-road capability the Rogue Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (7.4 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the Rogue Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Rogue Sport is 3.8 inches shorter than the Tucson, making the Rogue Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Tucson uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

The Rogue Sport has 1.3 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tucson.

The front step up height for the Rogue Sport is 1.9 inches lower than the Tucson (17.1” vs. 19”). The Rogue Sport’s rear step up height is 2.2 inches lower than the Tucson’s (17.8” vs. 20”).

Ergonomics

The Rogue Sport’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Tucson’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

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

Both the Rogue Sport and the Tucson 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 Tucson doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations

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

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

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