Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Kia Sportage VS 2017 Nissan Rogue Near Tucker, GA

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2017 Kia Sportage

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2017 Kia Sportage

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2017 Nissan Rogue

Safety Comparison

Both the Sportage 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, 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:

 

Sportage

Rogue

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Kia Sportage is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

 

Sportage

Rogue

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

Warranty Comparison

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’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. 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 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

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’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage first among small SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Rogue isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 17th in reliability. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 27th.

Engine Comparison

The Sportage LX/EX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (181 vs. 170) than the Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Sportage LX/EX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (181 vs. 176) than the Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Sportage SX’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 64 more horsepower (240 vs. 176) than the Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Sportage LX/EX is faster than the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl.:

 

Sportage

Rogue

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

83.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Sportage has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue (16.4 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Sportage’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rogue:

 

Sportage LX/EX

Sportage SX

Rogue

Front Rotors

12 inches

12.6 inches

11.84 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.9 inches

11.68 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sportage SX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue (245/45R19 vs. 225/65R17).

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 S/SV/Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires. The Sportage SX’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rogue SL’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sportage has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Rogue’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sportage is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Rogue.

The Sportage SX AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Rogue SL AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sportage SX AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sportage’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Rogue’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.6 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Sportage is 8.1 inches shorter than the Rogue, making the Sportage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sportage has .3 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear legroom than the Rogue.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Sportage 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 Sportage’s standard driver’s power window lowers with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Rogue’s standard power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to open it fully.

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 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SV/SL.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Sportage SX Turbo has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rogue doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the Rogue because it costs $126 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sportage than the Rogue, including $140 less for a starter, $140 less for fuel injection, $398 less for a fuel pump and $565 less for a timing belt/chain.

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