Kia Sportage VS Nissan Rogue
The Nissan Rogue is one of the best-selling compact crossovers on the market.
But we’re not going to lie. The reviews have been tough on the Rogue for the last few years. Motortrend says the 2020 Rogue has a bland drivetrain, unimpressive handling, dated dashboard technology, and that the build quality doesn’t match rivals. But it has still been Nissan’s top-selling model since making its debut in October 2007 for the 2008 model year.
Industry experts are turning their attention to a new car in town. A brand that is surprising everyone by winning awards, scooping up accolades, and taking the market by storm.
It’s Kia. One of the top award recipients for JD Power for the past 6 years, winning Highest Quality awards for their line-up year after year after year.
The Kia Sportage has dominated the competition since 2013, beating out rivals for the Highest Quality Award in 2019, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013.
But don’t take our word for it. Let’s compare these two models side by side and let the figures do the talking.
2020 Kia Sportage Highlights:
- Kia is one of JD Power’s winningest car brands for 2019 and has consistently been at the top since 2012.
- Won the 2019 JD Power Highest Quality Small SUV Award (also a recipient in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013).
- Earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
- Kia boasts a best-in-class warranty that is lightyears – and calendar years – ahead of the competition. It features a Basic 5-Year or 100,000 km, a Drivetrain 5-Year or 100,000 km, a Corrosion 5-Year/Unlimited km, and a Roadside Assistance 5-Year/Unlimited km.
- Starts at $25,795
2020 Nissan Rogue Highlights:
- Consumer Guide named the Rogue a winner in its annual Automotive Best Buy Awards. The Rogue received recognition for the 6th consecutive year.
We have chosen to compare two similar-priced models: the Nissan Rogue SV AWD and the Kia Sportage EX AWD. Both models are comparably priced at just under $32K.
The Nissan Rogue SV AWD and the Kia Sportage EX AWD are very evenly matched for features. Both have All-Wheel Drive, Apple Car Play / Android Auto / Bluetooth, 6 speakers, heated front seats, rear-view camera, cruise control, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way adjustable driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, heated side-view mirrors, fog lights, and a smart key. Phew! Plus, they’re both packed with safety features such as hill descent assist, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keep assist, and an electronic parking brake.
The Rogue also has a remote engine start, an ECON mode button, and a retractable cargo cover.
However, the Sportage zips ahead of the competition. It features:
- a powerful 6-speed auto transmission
- 18” Alloy wheels (the Rogue has 17”)
- 8” Audio Display (the Rogue has a smaller display)
- wireless phone charger
- Panoramic sunroof
Add to that the best warranty in its class, and you have a winning combination of value, safety, and all the features you’re looking for. But don’t take our word for it. Check out what JD Power says here.
There’s no need to look beyond the all-weather year-round practicality that you’ll find in a small SUV, but the perks of this compact and peppy style are endless. A high seating position makes for an easy step-in height and a commanding view of the road. A smaller design compared to the larger SUV and crossover counterparts makes driving, parking, and maneuverability a breeze. Add in ample cargo space and ground clearance and you have a winning combination.
Plus, they’re just a pleasure to drive.