2019 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2019 Jeep Compass

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 Compass 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 Compass 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 Compass 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 Compass 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.

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 Jeep Compass:

 

Rogue Sport

Compass

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

41%

Neck Stress

224 lbs.

445 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

163/130 lbs.

326/489 lbs.

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

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 32 points higher than the Compass.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 8 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Rogue Sport is faster than the Jeep Compass (automatics tested):

 

Rogue Sport

Compass

Zero to 60 MPH

9.8 sec

10.5 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.6 MPH

76.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Rogue Sport

FWD

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

Compass

FWD

Manual

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

Auto

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

AWD

Manual

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

Auto

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

The Rogue Sport has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Compass (14.5 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Nissan Rogue Sport comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Compass.

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 Compass 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 Compass are solid, not vented.

The Rogue Sport stops shorter than the Compass:

 

Rogue Sport

Compass

 

60 to 0 MPH

137 feet

144 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

151 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 Compass doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue Sport is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Compass.

The Rogue Sport SL 4x4 handles at .75 G’s, while the Compass Trailhawk pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

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 Compass uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

The Rogue Sport has .4 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Compass.

The front step up height for the Rogue Sport is 2.3 inches lower than the Compass (17.1” vs. 19.4”). The Rogue Sport’s rear step up height is 2.9 inches lower than the Compass’ (17.8” vs. 20.7”).

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue Sport has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Compass with its rear seat folded (61.1 vs. 59.8 cubic feet).

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

 

Rogue Sport

Compass

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.3”/62.3”

32.4”/65.7”

Max Width

54.2”

53.8”

Height

33.3”

29.6”

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

Both the Rogue Sport and the Compass 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 Compass 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 Jeep Compass isn't recommended.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Jeep Compass by almost three to one during the 2018 model year.

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