Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Rogue VS 2017 GMC Terrain Near Laredo, TX

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2017 Nissan Rogue

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2017 GMC Terrain

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 Terrain 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 Terrain 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 Terrain 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 GMC Terrain:

 

Rogue

Terrain

 

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 Terrain was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Warranty Comparison

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

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl. is faster than the GMC Terrain 4 cyl.:

 

Rogue

Terrain

Zero to 60 MPH

9.1 sec

9.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.2 MPH

82.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Rogue

Terrain

 

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 Terrain:

 

 

Rogue

Terrain

 

FWD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/33 hwy

21 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

17 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6/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 Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Rogue stops shorter than the Terrain:

 

Rogue

Terrain

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

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 Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Rogue SL AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the Terrain SLE pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Rogue’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Terrain’s (37.6 feet vs. 40 feet). The Rogue’s turning circle is 5 feet tighter than the Terrain w/19" wheels’ (37.6 feet vs. 42.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Terrain (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 to 450 pounds less than the GMC Terrain.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Rogue has 26.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Terrain (126.5 vs. 99.6).

The Rogue has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Terrain.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Rogue

Terrain

Third Seat Removed

32 cubic feet

31.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70 cubic feet

63.9 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 Terrain 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 Terrain’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 Terrain 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 GMC Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Terrain 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 Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Rogue and the Terrain 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 Terrain 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 Terrain 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 Terrain 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 Terrain 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 Terrain, 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.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Rogue will be $523 to $2155 less than for the GMC Terrain.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the GMC Terrain by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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