2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

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Safety

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The Tucson 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.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Tucson’s standard Downhill Brake Control allows you to creep down safely. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer Downhill Brake Control.

The Tucson’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 Tucson 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights, 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 Tucson is safer than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

Tucson

Rogue Sport

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

172

326

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

224 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

163/130 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

226

398

Chest Compression

.6 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk

37%

65%

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

260 lbs.

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

78 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 lbs.

328/396 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-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rogue Sport has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the Rogue Sport. 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 Sport ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Rogue Sport isn’t in the top three 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

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The Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 23 more horsepower (164 vs. 141) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (151 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 40 more horsepower (181 vs. 141) and 28 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Tucson is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

Tucson SE/Value

Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate

Rogue Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

8.8 sec

9.8 sec

Quarter Mile

17.2 sec

16.7 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.1 MPH

84.1 MPH

80.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Tucson has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue Sport (16.4 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Tucson

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.5 inches

The Tucson stops much shorter than the Rogue Sport:

Tucson

Rogue Sport

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson has larger standard tires than the Rogue Sport (225/60R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue Sport (245/45R19 vs. 225/45R19).

The Tucson SE/Value’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rogue Sport S’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tucson 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 Tucson 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 better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Rogue Sport.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Rogue Sport’s (34.9 feet vs. 36.9 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has 6.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue Sport (102.2 vs. 96).

The Tucson has 2.2 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 4.8 inches more rear legroom and 7.6 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tucson’s rear seats recline. The Rogue Sport’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat up (31 vs. 22.9 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 61.1 cubic feet).

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

Tucson

Rogue Sport

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.3”/69.5”

33.3”/62.3”

Min Width

40.7”

n/a

Height

35.2”

33.3”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Tucson’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

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The Tucson has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Rogue Sport has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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

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

The Tucson Ultimate’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rogue Sport’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Tucson 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 Tucson Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Tucson’s optional 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.

Both the Tucson and the Rogue Sport offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Rogue Sport.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Ultimate keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $535 less than the Rogue Sport over a five-year period.

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