2020 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2020 GMC Terrain

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Rogue Sport 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 GMC Terrain doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rogue Sport has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Terrain doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Rogue Sport (except S)’s optional 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 Terrain doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Rogue Sport and the Terrain 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 and around view monitors.

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

Rogue Sport

Terrain

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

163/130 lbs.

363/349 lbs.

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

Warranty

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The Rogue Sport’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Terrain’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 11 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Rogue Sport gets better fuel mileage than the Terrain:

Rogue Sport

Terrain

2WD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

26 city/30 hwy

1.5 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

22 city/28 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy

25 city/28 hwy

1.5 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Rogue Sport uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Terrain with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Nissan Rogue Sport higher (5 out of 10) than the GMC Terrain (3 to 5). This means the Rogue Sport produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Terrain every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Rogue Sport has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Terrain doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Rogue Sport’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Terrain are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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The Rogue Sport SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Terrain’s optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Rogue Sport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Rogue Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The Terrain’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better maneuverability, the Rogue Sport’s turning circle is .5 feet tighter than the Terrain w/17” wheels’ (36.9 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Rogue Sport’s turning circle is 4.7 feet tighter than the Terrain w/19” wheels’ (36.9 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rogue Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Terrain SLE (7.4 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Rogue Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Rogue Sport is 9.5 inches shorter than the Terrain, making the Rogue Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Rogue Sport has 1.9 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Terrain.

Ergonomics

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The Rogue Sport’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Terrain’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Rogue Sport SL’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Terrain’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages

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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Rogue Sport will be $1124 to $5670 less than for the GMC Terrain.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance. The GMC Terrain isn't recommended.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the GMC Terrain by almost four to one during the 2019 model year.

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