2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

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 UX Series doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 UX Series 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.

Both the Rogue and the UX Series 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, lane departure warning systems, 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 UX Series has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

Engine

The Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 1 more horsepower (170 vs. 169) and 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Rogue has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Rogue has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 12.4 gallons).

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 UX Series are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The UX Series’ 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 UX Series 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 UX Series; 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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the UX Series (106.5 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.

Passenger Space

The Rogue has 15.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (105.8 vs. 90.4).

The Rogue has 4.4 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 4.8 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the UX Series (39.3 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).

Towing

The Rogue has a 1102 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

Recommendations

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

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Lexus UX Series by almost 910 to one during 2018.

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