2020 Dodge Journey vs. 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Journey are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Nissan Rogue Sport has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Dodge Journey offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Nissan doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Rogue Sport. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; Journey owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The Journey has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Journey 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, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

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

Journey

Rogue Sport

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

158

326

Neck Compression

14 lbs.

71 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

321

398

Chest Compression

.6 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk

52%

65%

Neck Stress

164 lbs.

260 lbs.

Neck Compression

49 lbs.

78 lbs.

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

Warranty

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There are over 2 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Journey’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Journey has a standard 160-amp alternator. The Rogue Sport’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the Journey is in the front fender, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Journey’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Rogue Sport’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 3 places higher in reliability than Nissan.

Engine

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The Journey’s 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 31 more horsepower (172 vs. 141) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (165 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Journey has 6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue Sport (20.5 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Journey

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

12.9 inches

11.5 inches

Tires and Wheels

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

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Journey SE Value has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue Sport S.

Suspension and Handling

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The Journey has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Rogue Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Journey’s wheelbase is 9.6 inches longer than on the Rogue Sport (113.8 inches vs. 104.2 inches).

The Journey AWD handles at .76 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Journey AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (28.3 seconds @ .56 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Journey has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Rogue Sport can only carry 5.

The Journey has 25.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue Sport (121.7 vs. 96).

The Journey has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 2.7 inches more rear legroom, 7.5 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rogue Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Journey’s middle and third row seats recline. The Rogue Sport’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Journey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Rogue Sport.

Journey

Rogue Sport

Third Seat Folded

37 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

22.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

67.6 cubic feet

61.1 cubic feet

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

Journey

Rogue Sport

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

16”/41.5”/75”

n.a./33.3”/62.3”

Max Width

55.5”

54.2”

Min Width

41.4”

n/a

Height

33.1”

33.3”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Journey. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Payload and Towing

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The Journey has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The Rogue Sport has no towing capacity.

The Journey has a higher standard payload capacity than the Rogue Sport (1187 vs. 1115 lbs.).

The Journey has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Rogue Sport (1362 vs. 1115 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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

Ergonomics

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The Journey’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 Sport does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Journey and the Rogue Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Journey 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.

On a hot day the Journey’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Rogue Sport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Journey’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the Rogue Sport SV/SL.

The Journey’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Journey has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Rogue Sport SV/SL.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Journey owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Journey will cost $360 less than the Rogue Sport over a five-year period.

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