Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Rogue VS 2017 Dodge Journey Near New Braunfels, TX

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2017 Nissan Rogue

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2017 Dodge Journey

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 Journey doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Rogue AWD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Journey doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Rogue 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 Journey doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

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 Journey 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.

The Rogue SV/SL’s 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 Journey doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Rogue SV/SL’s 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 Journey doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Rogue 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 Journey 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 and the Journey 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 and available all wheel drive.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue is safer than the Journey:

 

Rogue

Journey

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

3 cm

12 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Femur Force R/L

1.9/.2 kN

6.3/2.9 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

22%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.46/.37

.8/.83

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 Dodge Journey:

 

Rogue

Journey

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

69

106

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

783 lbs.

973 lbs.

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 Journey was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

The Rogue’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Journey runs out after 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Rogue’s reliability will be 90% better than the Journey.

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st, 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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

The Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 166) than the Journey’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Rogue

Journey

 

FWD

Auto

33 city/35 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

 

AWD

Auto

31 city/34 hwy

n/a

 

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

 

 

Rogue

Journey

 

FWD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/33 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

17 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

AWD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

 

n/a

16 city/24 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 Journey 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 Journey doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Journey 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 Journey doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Rogue SL AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the Journey AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Rogue’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Journey w/17” wheels’ (37.6 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The Rogue’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Journey w/19” wheels’ (37.6 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Rogue may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 pounds less than the Dodge Journey.

The Rogue is 7.9 inches shorter than the Journey, making the Rogue easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Rogue has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Journey uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The design of the Nissan Rogue amounts to more than styling. The Rogue has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Journey (.368) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Rogue get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue has 4.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Journey (126.5 vs. 121.7).

The Rogue has .8 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more rear legroom, 8 inches more third row legroom, 2 inches more third row hip room and 5.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Rogue

Journey

Second Seat Folded

70 cubic feet

67.6 cubic feet

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Rogue’s cargo door can be opened just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Rogue also (except S) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by waving your foot. The Journey doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

When different drivers share the Rogue SL, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Journey doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Journey can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Journey doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

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 Journey doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 Journey doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Rogue, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Journey.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Journey because typical repairs cost much less on the Rogue than the Journey, including $797 less for an alternator, $61 less for front brake pads, $37 less for a starter and $146 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Rogue will be $628 to $1012 less than for the Dodge Journey.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Dodge Journey by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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