2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2020 Nissan Rogue

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Santa Fe and Rogue have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Santa Fe has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Rogue’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Santa Fe’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 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Santa Fe and the Rogue 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, 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 Hyundai Santa Fe is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

Santa Fe

Rogue

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

31%

Neck Stress

167 lbs.

284 lbs.

Neck Compression

35 lbs.

44 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

374/622 lbs.

856/397 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

244

298

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

63%

Neck Stress

120 lbs.

235 lbs.

Neck Compression

48 lbs.

109 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

256/146 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 Hyundai Santa Fe is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

Santa Fe

Rogue

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

49

69

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

141 G’s

202 G’s

Hip Force

401 lbs.

477 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

648 lbs.

783 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

8 inches

15 inches

HIC

179

547

Hip Force

649 lbs.

784 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Santa Fe its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rogue has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

The Santa Fe comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Rogue’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the Rogue. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Rogue ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Rogue’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Santa Fe has a standard 140-amp alternator. The Rogue’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Santa Fe first among midsize SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Rogue was rated third in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 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 Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 4 places higher in reliability than Nissan.

Engine

The Santa Fe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (185 vs. 170) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (178 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Santa Fe 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 65 more horsepower (235 vs. 170) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Santa Fe 2.4 4-cylinder is faster than the Nissan Rogue:

Santa Fe

Rogue

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.3 MPH

81.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Santa Fe’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Rogue doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Santa Fe has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue (18.8 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Santa Fe

Rogue

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

12 inches

11.5 inches

The Santa Fe stops shorter than the Rogue:

Santa Fe

Rogue

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Santa Fe has larger tires than the Rogue (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

Suspension and Handling

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

The Santa Fe has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Rogue doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Santa Fe’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the Rogue (108.9 inches vs. 106.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Rogue.

The Santa Fe handles at .78 G’s, while the Rogue SL AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Santa Fe AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Santa Fe has 4.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue (110.7 vs. 105.8).

Cargo Capacity

The Santa Fe’s cargo area provides more volume than the Rogue.

Santa Fe

Rogue

Rear Seat Folded

71.3 cubic feet

70 cubic feet

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

Santa Fe

Rogue

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

42.4”/77.4”

33.5”/68.5”

Max Width

53.7”

n/a

Min Width

42.3”

44”

Height

31.5”

n/a

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Santa Fe’s optional second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rogue doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

The Santa Fe uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Rogue uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe Limited has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Rogue doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Santa Fe’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Rogue’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Santa Fe and the Rogue have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe SEL/Limited’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rogue’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Santa Fe Limited’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rogue’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Both the Santa Fe and the Rogue offer available heated front seats. The Santa Fe Limited also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Rogue.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Santa Fe Limited 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 Santa Fe Limited has a 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 Santa Fe owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Santa Fe with a number “5” insurance rate while the Rogue is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Santa Fe is less expensive to operate than the Rogue because it costs $82 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Santa Fe than the Rogue, including $36 less for a water pump, $145 less for a starter, $141 less for fuel injection, $59 less for a fuel pump, $395 less for a timing belt/chain and $133 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Nissan Rogue, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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