2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Corolla Hatchback has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Corolla Hatchback has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Corolla Hatchback’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Corolla Hatchback and the Rogue Sport 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, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla Hatchback for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Rogue Sport.

There are over 13 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Nissan dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Corolla Hatchback’s warranty.

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 Corolla Hatchback’s reliability 19 points higher than the Rogue Sport.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Nissan is ranked 14th.

Engine

The Corolla Hatchback’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 27 more horsepower (168 vs. 141) and 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (155 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Corolla Hatchback is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport (automatics tested):

 

Corolla Hatchback

Rogue Sport

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

10.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Corolla Hatchback SE CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Rogue Sport FWD (32 city/42 hwy vs. 25 city/32 hwy).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Corolla Hatchback higher (6 out of 10) than the Nissan Rogue Sport (5). This means the Corolla Hatchback produces up to 6.9 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Rogue Sport every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The Corolla Hatchback stops shorter than the Rogue Sport:

 

Corolla Hatchback

Rogue Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Corolla Hatchback SE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rogue Sport S’ standard 65 series tires. The Corolla Hatchback XSE’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Rogue Sport SL’s 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Corolla Hatchback SE handles at .80 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 400 pounds less than the Nissan Rogue Sport.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Corolla Hatchback and the Rogue Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Corolla Hatchback is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rogue Sport prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

If the windows are left open on the Corolla Hatchback the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Rogue Sport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Corolla Hatchback has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Rogue Sport has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SV/SL.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Corolla Hatchback XSE CVT has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Corolla Hatchback’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Rogue Sport and aren’t offered on the Rogue Sport S.

Model Availability

The Toyota Corolla comes in sedan, four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Nissan Rogue Sport isn’t available as a sedan or four door hatchback.

Recommendations

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

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