Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport VS 2017 Chevrolet Equinox Near New Braunfels, TX

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2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

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2017 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

The Rogue SL offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Equinox offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

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 Equinox 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 Equinox 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue is safer than the Chevrolet Equinox:

 

Rogue

Equinox

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

69

79

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.4 inches

Hip Force

477 lbs.

547 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

142

256

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rogue its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Equinox was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The Rogue’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 4 cyl.:

 

Rogue

Equinox

Zero to 30 MPH

3.7 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

10.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.8 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

18 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.2 MPH

79.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Equinox 4 cyl.:

 

 

Rogue

Equinox

 

FWD

Auto

33 city/35 hwy

21 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

Auto

31 city/34 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

 

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue gets better fuel mileage than the Equinox:

 

 

Rogue

Equinox

 

FWD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/33 hwy

21 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

16 city/23 hwy

3/6 V6/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Rogue Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Equinox doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Rogue Hybrid’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 Equinox doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Rogue stops shorter than the Equinox:

 

Rogue

Equinox

 

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

154 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue SL offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Equinox’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Rogue 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 Equinox doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Rogue’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (37.6 feet vs. 40 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Equinox (8.2 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Rogue may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 pounds less than the Chevrolet Equinox.

The Rogue is 3.3 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the Rogue easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Equinox can only carry 5.

The Rogue has 26.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Equinox (126.5 vs. 99.7).

The Rogue has .7 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Rogue’s cargo area provides more volume than the Equinox.

 

Rogue

Equinox

Third Seat Removed

32 cubic feet

31.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70 cubic feet

63.7 cubic feet

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Rogue’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Equinox doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Rogue SV/SL’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control. The Equinox’s driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

If the windows are left down on the Rogue the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Equinox can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Intelligent Key standard on the Rogue SV/SL allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Rogue has a standard locking fuel cap with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Equinox doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the Rogue’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Equinox’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Rogue SL detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Equinox doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Rogue and the Equinox 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 Equinox doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Rogue’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Equinox doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Rogue SL 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 Equinox doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $225 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Rogue than the Equinox, including $286 less for a water pump, $11 less for an alternator, $140 less for front brake pads and $123 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Equinox isn't recommended.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Chevrolet Equinox by 33% during the 2016 model year.

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