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The Highlander has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Rogue doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Highlander has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Rogue doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
The Highlander’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 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Highlander and the Rogue 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The Toyota Highlander weighs 475 to 987 pounds more than the Nissan Rogue. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Highlander for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Rogue.
There are over 13 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Nissan dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Highlander’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Nissan is ranked 11th.
The Highlander’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 125 more horsepower (295 vs. 170) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (263 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Highlander’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Rogue doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Highlander has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue (17.9 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better stopping power the Highlander’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rogue:
For better traction, the Highlander has larger tires than the Rogue (235/65R18 vs. 225/65R17).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Highlander L/LE/XLE has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue S/SV. The Highlander Limited/Platinum’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Rogue SL.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Highlander’s wheelbase is 5.7 inches longer than on the Rogue
(112.2 inches vs. 106.5 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Highlander is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Rogue.
The Highlander has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Rogue can only carry 5.
The Highlander has 35.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue (141.3 vs. 105.8).
The Highlander has 3.2 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom,
3.1 inches more rear legroom, 4.9 inches more rear hip room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rogue.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Highlander’s middle and third row seats recline. The Rogue’s third row seats don’t recline.
The Highlander’s cargo area provides more volume than the Rogue.
Third Seat Folded
48.4 cubic feet
Third Seat Removed
39.3 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
84.3 cubic feet
70 cubic feet
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Highlander. The Rogue doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Highlander’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Rogue’s (5000 vs. 1102 pounds).
To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Highlander has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Rogue doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.
The Highlander Platinum has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Rogue doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Highlander’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Rogue’s parking brake has to released manually.
The power windows standard on both the Highlander and the Rogue have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Highlander is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rogue prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
The Highlander’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rogue’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.
If the windows are left open on the Highlander the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Rogue can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Highlander Platinum’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rogue’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Highlander Platinum has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rogue doesn’t offer cornering lights.
Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Highlander to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Rogue doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.
The Highlander’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan charges extra for heated mirrors on the Rogue.
When the Highlander Limited/Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Rogue’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
Both the Highlander and the Rogue offer available heated front seats. The Highlander Platinum also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Rogue.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Highlander Limited/Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Rogue doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The Highlander has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Rogue SV/SL.
The Highlander Limited/Platinum has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Rogue doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
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