2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Infiniti QX30

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 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The QX30 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rogue SV/SL has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The QX30 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the Rogue’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 QX30 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Rogue and the QX30 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, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rogue the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The QX30 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 5 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rogue’s warranty.

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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue gets better fuel mileage than the QX30:

 

 

 

MPG

Rogue

 

FWD

2.0 4 cyl. Hybrid

33 city/35 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 4 cyl. Hybrid

31 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

QX30

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Rogue Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The QX30 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Rogue uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX30 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Rogue has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Rogue 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 QX30 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Rogue’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the QX30 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

The Rogue 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 QX30 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Rogue has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the QX30; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The Rogue’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.7% to 44.3%) than the QX30’s (59.7% to 40.3%). This gives the Rogue more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a greater minimum ground clearance than the QX30 (8.4 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Rogue has 17 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX30 (105.8 vs. 88.8).

The Rogue has 3.2 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 4.4 inches more rear legroom, 3.1 inches more rear hip room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rogue’s available rear seats recline. The QX30’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the QX30 with its rear seat up (39.3 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (70 vs. 34 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Rogue SV/SL’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The QX30 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

The Rogue has a 1102 lbs. towing capacity. The QX30 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Rogue SV/SL has a standard 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 QX30 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Rogue has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the QX30 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Rogue has standard extendable sun visors. The QX30 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold winter days, the Rogue’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The QX30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the QX30 because typical repairs cost much less on the Rogue than the QX30, including $399 less for a water pump, $100 less for a muffler, $1 less for a starter, $136 less for front struts and $229 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Rogue second among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The QX30 isn’t in the top three.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Infiniti QX30 by almost 51 to one during 2018.

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