Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Rogue VS 2017 Jeep Cherokee Near Austin, TX

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2017 Nissan Rogue

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2017 Jeep Cherokee

Safety Comparison

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 Cherokee only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Rogue and the Cherokee 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, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue is safer than the Jeep Cherokee:

 

Rogue

Cherokee

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

31%

43%

Neck Stress

284 lbs.

430 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

856/397 lbs.

822/607 lbs.

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

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 Cherokee:

 

Rogue

Cherokee

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

3 cm

4 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.9/.2 kN

3.5/1.6 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia index R/L

.46/.37

.84/.45

Tibia forces R/L

1.3/.6 kN

1.5/1.1 kN

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 Jeep Cherokee:

 

Rogue

Cherokee

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

69

70

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

142

255

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

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 260% better than the Cherokee.

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.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 4 cyl.:

 

Rogue

Cherokee

Zero to 30 MPH

3.7 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

10.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.8 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

18.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.2 MPH

78.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Rogue

Cherokee

 

FWD

Auto

33 city/35 hwy

21 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

Auto

31 city/34 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

 

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

 

 

Rogue

Cherokee

 

FWD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/33 hwy

21 city/30 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

19 city/25 hwy

Trailhawk 2.4 4 cyl./Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Rogue Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a regenerative braking 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 Cherokee are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops much shorter than the Cherokee:

 

Rogue

Cherokee

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue SL offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Cherokee’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 Cherokee 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 Cherokee 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 Cherokee doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Rogue SL AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Rogue may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Jeep Cherokee.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Rogue has 23 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cherokee (126.5 vs. 103.5).

The Rogue has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Rogue

Cherokee

Third Seat Removed

32 cubic feet

24.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70 cubic feet

54.9 cubic feet

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

 

Rogue

Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.5”/68.5”

33.9”/67.6”

Min Width

44”

39.4”

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 Cherokee 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

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 Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the Rogue’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Cherokee’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Fair” (depending on model and options).

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Cherokee because typical repairs cost much less on the Rogue than the Cherokee, including $221 less for an alternator and $70 less for front brake pads.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Rogue will be $1254 to $2064 less than for the Jeep Cherokee.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Jeep Cherokee by 45% during the 2016 model year.

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