2020 Kia Sportage vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

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Safety

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

The Sportage’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 Sportage 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, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors 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 Kia Sportage is safer than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

Sportage

Rogue Sport

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

2 Stars

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 Sportage 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 Sportage 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.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sportage 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.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sportage has a standard 140-amp alternator (150-amp - Sportage SX Turbo AWD). The Rogue Sport’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage first 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 Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 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 Kia vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 9 places higher in reliability than Nissan.

Engine

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The Sportage’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder 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. The Sportage SX Turbo AWD’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 96 more horsepower (237 vs. 141) and 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl. The Sportage SX Turbo FWD’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 99 more horsepower (240 vs. 141) and 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Kia Sportage 2.4 4-cylinder is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

Sportage

Rogue Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

9.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

80.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sportage 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 Sportage’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rogue Sport:

Sportage LX/S/EX

Sportage SX Turbo

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

12 inches

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.9 inches

11.5 inches

The Sportage stops much shorter than the Rogue Sport:

Sportage

Rogue Sport

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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

The Sportage LX’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 Sportage LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue Sport S.

Suspension and Handling

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The Sportage 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 Sportage is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Rogue Sport.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.8 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sportage’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Rogue Sport’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.9 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Sportage has 2.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue Sport (98.6 vs. 96).

The Sportage has .9 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 4.8 inches more rear legroom and 4.3 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue Sport.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Sportage has a much larger cargo volume than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat up (30.7 vs. 22.9 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Sportage EX/SX Turbo’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Sportage’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 Sportage has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Rogue Sport has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Sportage’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Rogue Sport’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Sportage 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.

The Sportage’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.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Sportage (except S/LX) 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.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Kia Sportage and the Nissan Rogue Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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

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