2020 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Nissan Rogue doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

Both the Equinox and the Rogue have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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

Equinox

Rogue

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

159

294

Neck Injury Risk

17%

31%

Neck Stress

190 lbs.

284 lbs.

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

44 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/349 lbs.

856/397 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

26%

63%

Neck Stress

153 lbs.

235 lbs.

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

109 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

264/236 lbs.

393/402 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

Equinox

Rogue

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

195 G’s

202 G’s

Hip Force

357 lbs.

477 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

630 lbs.

783 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

15 inches

HIC

377

547

Hip Force

730 lbs.

784 lbs.

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

Warranty

The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Rogue’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox first among compact SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Rogue was rated third.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 7th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

Engine

The Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4-cyl. produces 28 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl. The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 76 more horsepower (252 vs. 176) than the Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 turbo 4-cyl. is faster than the Nissan Rogue 4-cyl.:

Equinox

Rogue

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

9.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

15.2 sec

16.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4.8 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.1 MPH

81.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

Regardless of its engine, the Equinox’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Nissan only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Rogue Hybrid.

The Equinox AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue (15.6 vs. 14.5 gallons).

The Equinox has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Rogue doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Equinox’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Rogue:

Equinox 1.5T

Equinox 2.0T

Rogue

Rogue Hybrid

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

11.8 inches

The Equinox stops shorter than the Rogue:

Equinox

Rogue

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Equinox Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue (235/50R19 vs. 225/65R17).

The Equinox Premier’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rogue SL’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Equinox Premier handles at .83 G’s, while the Rogue SL AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Equinox Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the Equinox uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Rogue doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Equinox uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Rogue doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Equinox has .2 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room and 2 inches more rear legroom than the Rogue.

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Equinox LT/Premier’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rogue doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

The Equinox’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Rogue’s (1500 vs. 1102 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Rogue is only 1102 pounds. The Equinox offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Equinox has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Rogue doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Equinox has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Rogue doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Equinox’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rogue doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Rogue does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

The Equinox’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Rogue’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

On a hot day the Equinox’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Rogue can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Equinox LS/LT/Premier’s available exterior keypad. The Rogue doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Equinox has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Rogue has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SV/SL.

The Equinox’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan charges extra for heated mirrors on the Rogue.

When the Equinox with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Rogue’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Equinox offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Equinox and the Rogue offer available heated front seats. The Equinox Premier also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Rogue.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Equinox Premier keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Rogue doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Equinox (except L/LS) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Rogue doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Equinox with a number “8” insurance rate while the Rogue is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Rogue because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the Rogue, including $1 less for front struts, $117 less for a timing belt/chain and $572 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

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