2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Jeep Wrangler

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Rogue has standard head airbag curtains for front and rear seats which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The Wrangler doesn't offer side airbag protection for the head and are only available for the front seats.

The Rogue has standard Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Wrangler offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Rogue’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

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 Wrangler 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.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Rogue uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Wrangler uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Rogue and the Wrangler have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

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 Wrangler has not been tested, yet.

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 27 points higher than the Wrangler.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

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

Wrangler

AWD

Manual

2-door 3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/25 hwy

 

 

4-door 3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/23 hwy

 

Auto

2-door 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/25 hwy

 

 

4-door 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/24 hwy

 

 

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/23 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Rogue uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Wrangler with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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

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 Wrangler 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 Wrangler are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops much shorter than the Wrangler:

 

Rogue

Wrangler

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

163 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Rogue S/SV/Hybrid’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Wrangler Sport’s standard 75 series tires. The Rogue SL’s tires have a lower 55 series profile than the Wrangler Sahara’s 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The Wrangler’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 Wrangler 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 Wrangler doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Nissan Rogue’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Jeep Wrangler’s solid front axle, which allows the Rogue’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

For superior ride and handling, the Nissan Rogue has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Jeep Wrangler has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Rogue has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Wrangler.

The Rogue SL AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the Wrangler Sahara 4-door pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Rogue SL AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Wrangler Rubicon 4-door (28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.9 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis

The Nissan Rogue may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 700 pounds less than the Jeep Wrangler.

The Rogue is 3.9 inches shorter than the Wrangler 4-door, making the Rogue easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Rogue’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Wrangler uses body-on-frame design instead.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Rogue has standard flush composite headlights. The Wrangler has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume than the Wrangler 4-door with its rear seat up (39.3 vs. 31.7 cubic feet).

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

 

Rogue

Wrangler

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.5”/68.5”

37”/65.8”

Min Width

44”

39.5”

The Rogue’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Wrangler 2-door’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

The Rogue’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Wrangler’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

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

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Rogue’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

The Rogue’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Rogue’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Wrangler’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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 Wrangler can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Rogue’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

The Rogue has a standard locking fuel cap with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Rogue has a standard rear wiper. A rear wiper costs extra on the Wrangler.

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

The Rogue has standard power remote mirrors. The Wrangler Sport doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

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

Model Availability

The Rogue is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Wrangler 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 Wrangler isn’t in the top three.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Jeep Wrangler by 72% during 2018.

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