Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport VS 2017 Jeep Compass Near San Antonio, TX

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2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

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2017 Jeep Compass

Safety Comparison

The Rogue Sport 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 Compass doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Rogue Sport SL’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Compass doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Rogue Sport (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Compass only offers a rear monitor.

The Rogue Sport SV/SL’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Compass doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Rogue Sport SV/SL’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Compass doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Rogue Sport SL has standard NissanConnect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Compass doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Rogue Sport and the Compass 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 and available all wheel drive.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 10 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine Comparison

The Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (147 vs. 141) than the Compass’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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



Rogue Sport






23 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual




23 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual


2.0 4 cyl./CVT

25 city/32 hwy

22 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto




21 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./ Auto




22 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual


2.0 4 cyl./CVT

24 city/30 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto




20 city/23 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./CVT Freedom II

The Rogue Sport has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Compass 4WD’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Rogue Sport has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Compass FWD’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 13.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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


Rogue Sport


Front Rotors

11.7 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

9” drums

Opt Rear Rotors

10.3 inches

The Rogue Sport’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Compass 4x4 are solid, not vented.

The Nissan Rogue Sport has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Compass. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Rogue Sport has larger standard tires than the Compass (215/65R16 vs. 205/70R16).

The Rogue Sport S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Compass’ standard 70 series tires. The Rogue Sport SL’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Compass Latitude’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue Sport SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The Compass’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Rogue Sport 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 Compass doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Rogue Sport 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 Compass doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue Sport is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Compass.

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Rogue Sport has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Compass uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The design of the Nissan Rogue Sport amounts to more than styling. The Rogue Sport has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Compass (.4) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Rogue Sport get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Rogue Sport has standard flush composite headlights. The Compass has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue Sport has 2.2 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Compass.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Rogue Sport has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Compass with its rear seat folded (61.1 vs. 53.6 cubic feet).

The Rogue Sport’s cargo area is larger than the Compass’ in almost every dimension:


Rogue Sport


Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width






Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Rogue Sport 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 Compass doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Rogue Sport’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the Compass.

The Rogue Sport’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Compass’ optional driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Rogue Sport’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the Compass.

The Intelligent Key standard on the Rogue Sport 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 Jeep Compass doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Rogue Sport has a standard locking fuel door 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 Compass doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Rogue Sport’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Compass’ manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Rogue Sport has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Compass only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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

The Rogue Sport has standard power remote mirrors. The Compass only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Rogue Sport’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Compass doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Rogue Sport has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Compass doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Rogue Sport 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 Compass doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Rogue Sport and the Compass offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue Sport has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Compass doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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

Optional NissanConnect for the Rogue Sport (not available S) allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Compass doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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