2019 Nissan Rogue 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 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 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 (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 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 and available all wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue is safer than the Jeep Compass:

 

Rogue

Compass

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

31%

41%

Neck Stress

284 lbs.

445 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 flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue is safer than the Jeep Compass:

 

Rogue

Compass

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

69

102

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

51 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

783 lbs.

928 lbs.

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

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 Compass was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.

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’s reliability 38 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 2.5 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Compass (automatics tested):

 

Rogue

Compass

Zero to 60 MPH

9.1 sec

10.5 sec

Quarter Mile

17 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.2 MPH

76.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Rogue

FWD

Auto

2.0 4 cyl. Hybrid

33 city/35 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 4 cyl. Hybrid

31 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 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

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

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

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 Compass 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 Compass are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops much shorter than the Compass:

 

Rogue

Compass

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

144 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

151 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rogue has larger tires than the Compass (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue S/SV/Hybrid has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Compass Sport.

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 Compass doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Rogue can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Compass doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Compass (106.5 inches vs. 103.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Compass.

The Rogue SL AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the Compass Trailhawk pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Rogue SL AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Compass Trailhawk (28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Compass (8.4 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Rogue has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Compass uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

The Rogue has 6.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Compass (105.8 vs. 99.6).

The Rogue has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom, 2.9 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Compass.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Compass with its rear seat up (39.3 vs. 27.2 cubic feet). The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Compass with its rear seat folded (70 vs. 59.8 cubic feet).

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

 

Rogue

Compass

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.5”/68.5”

32.4”/65.7”

Min Width

44”

38.1”

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Rogue’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Compass doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

The Rogue’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Compass’ (1102 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

When different drivers share the Rogue (except S), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Compass doesn’t offer a memory system.

If the windows are left open on the Rogue the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Compass can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Rogue’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Compass’ headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

Both the Rogue and the Compass offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue 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.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Compass because typical repairs cost less on the Rogue than the Compass, including $7 less for front brake pads and $194 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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

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 Compass isn’t in the top three.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Jeep Compass by over two to one during 2018.

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