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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rogue SV/SL has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The Rogue offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The Rogue (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Trailblazer only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.
Both the Rogue and the Trailblazer 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 and rearview cameras.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” 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 Rogue the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Trailblazer has not been tested, yet.
The Rogue’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Trailblazer’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Rogue third among compact suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Trailblazer isn’t in the top three in its category.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 14 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.
The Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 33 more horsepower (170 vs. 137) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 162) than the Trailblazer’s standard 1.2 turbo 3-cylinder. The Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 15 more horsepower (170 vs. 155) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 174) than the Trailblazer’s optional 1.3 turbo 3-cylinder.
On the EPA test cycle the Rogue AWD CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Trailblazer 4x4 Auto 1.3 turbo 3 cyl. (25 city/32 hwy vs. 26 city/30 hwy).
The Rogue has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Trailblazer (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Rogue’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Trailblazer are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the Rogue has larger tires than the Trailblazer (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue S/SV has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Trailblazer L. The Rogue SL’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Trailblazer RS.
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Rogue can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The Rogue 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 Trailblazer doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Trailblazer (106.5 inches vs. 103.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Trailblazer.
For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Trailblazer (8.4 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Rogue has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 6.4 inches more rear hip room and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trailblazer.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rogue’s rear seats recline. The Trailblazer’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Trailblazer with its rear seat up (39.3 vs. 25.3 cubic feet). The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Trailblazer with its rear seat folded (70 vs. 54.4 cubic feet).
The Rogue’s cargo area is larger than the Trailblazer’s in every dimension:
Length to seat (2nd/1st)
The Rogue’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Trailblazer’s (1102 vs. 1000 pounds).
When different drivers share the Rogue (except S), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer a memory system.
On extremely cold winter days, the Rogue’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Rogue has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The Trailblazer L/LS doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
The Rogue 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 Trailblazer doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
Both the Rogue and the Trailblazer offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
The Rogue (except S)’s available 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 Trailblazer’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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