2019 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2019 Kia Niro

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 Niro 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 Niro doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Rogue Sport offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Niro doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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 Niro 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.

The Rogue Sport (except S) offers optional NissanConnect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Niro doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Rogue Sport and the Niro 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, rearview cameras and available lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

The Rogue Sport’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Niro runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 40 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Rogue Sport’s warranty.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Rogue Sport is faster than the Kia Niro:

 

Rogue Sport

Niro

Zero to 60 MPH

9.8 sec

9.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.6 MPH

80.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Rogue Sport has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Niro (14.5 vs. 11.9 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 Niro doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Rogue Sport

Niro

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 Niro are solid, not vented.

The Rogue Sport stops shorter than the Niro:

 

Rogue Sport

Niro

 

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

152 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue Sport SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The Niro’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 Niro 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 Niro doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

Passenger Space

The Rogue Sport has 1.1 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Niro.

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Niro with its rear seat up (22.9 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Niro with its rear seat folded (61.1 vs. 54.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Rogue Sport (except S) offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Niro doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Rogue Sport SV/SL detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Niro doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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

Recommendations

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

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Kia Niro by almost 15 to one during the 2018 model year.

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