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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Rogue Sport are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Venue doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
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 Venue doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The Rogue Sport offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Venue doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The Rogue Sport (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Venue only offers a rear monitor.
The Rogue Sport SL has standard NissanConnect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Venue doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Rogue Sport and the Venue have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and available driver alert monitors.
The Nissan Rogue Sport weighs 611 to 1230 pounds more than the Hyundai Venue. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.
There are over 29 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Rogue Sport’s warranty.
The Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (141 vs. 121) and 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (147 vs. 113) than the Venue’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.
The Rogue Sport has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Venue (14.5 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Nissan Rogue Sport comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Venue.
For better stopping power the Rogue Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Venue:
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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 Venue are solid, not vented.
The Nissan Rogue Sport has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Venue. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.
For better traction, the Rogue Sport has larger standard tires than the Venue (215/65R16 vs. 185/65R15). The Rogue Sport SL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Venue (225/45R19 vs. 205/55R17).
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 Venue SEL’s optional 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue Sport S has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Venue. The Rogue Sport SL’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the Venue SEL.
The Rogue Sport has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Venue doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For superior ride and handling, the Nissan Rogue Sport has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Hyundai Venue has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
The Rogue Sport has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Venue doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue Sport’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the Venue (104.2 inches vs. 99.2 inches).
The Rogue Sport has 4.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Venue (96 vs. 91.9).
The Rogue Sport has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front legroom, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Venue.
The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Venue with its rear seat up (22.9 vs. 18.7 cubic feet). The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Venue with its rear seat folded (61.1 vs. 31.9 cubic feet).
The Rogue Sport (except S) offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Venue doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Rogue Sport’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Venue’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.
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 Venue’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Rogue Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Venue doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
On extremely cold winter days, the Rogue Sport’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Venue doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Rogue Sport SV/SL’s 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. The Venue doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Rogue Sport (except S) offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Venue doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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