2019 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

To help make backing safer, the Rogue Sport’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Rogue Sport and the Corolla Hatchback 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 and available lane departure warning systems.

Reliability

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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Rogue Sport has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Corolla Hatchback (14.5 vs. 13.2 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 Corolla Hatchback.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Rogue Sport

Corolla

Front Rotors

11.65 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.5 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 Corolla Hatchback are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rogue Sport has larger standard tires than the Corolla Hatchback (215/65R16 vs. 205/55R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue Sport SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback 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 2.1 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Corolla Hatchback.

Passenger Space

The Rogue Sport has 11.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corolla Hatchback (96 vs. 84.6).

The Rogue Sport has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front legroom, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Corolla Hatchback.

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

Consumer Reports rated the Rogue Sport’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations

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

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Toyota Corolla by 39% during the 2018 model year.

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