Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Rogue VS 2017 Jeep Compass Near New Braunfels, TX

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2017 Nissan Rogue

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2017 Jeep Compass

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

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 Compass 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 Compass only offers a rear monitor.

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 Compass 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 Compass 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 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 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.

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 Compass:

 

Rogue

Compass

OVERALL STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

294

323

Neck Injury Risk

31%

33%

Neck Stress

284 lbs.

328 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

45 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

856/397 lbs.

832/1159 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

3 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

298

323

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.9 inches

Neck Stress

235 lbs.

325 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

393/402 lbs.

741/541 lbs.

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

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 Compass:

 

Rogue

Compass

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

69

85

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.3 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

142

246

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 Compass has not been fully tested, yet.

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 80% better than the Compass.

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

The Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (170 vs. 158) and 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 141) than the Compass’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 165) than the Compass’ optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 4 more horsepower (176 vs. 172) than the Compass’ optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Compass 2.4 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Rogue

Compass

Zero to 30 MPH

3.7 sec

4.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

10.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.8 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.2 MPH

82.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Rogue

Compass

 

FWD

 

n/a

23 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

Auto

33 city/35 hwy

22 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

 

n/a

22 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual

 

Auto

31 city/34 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

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

 

 

Rogue

Compass

 

FWD

 

n/a

23 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

 

n/a

23 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual

 

 

n/a

22 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/33 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

 

n/a

22 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual

 

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

20 city/23 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto Freedom II

Regenerative brakes improve the Rogue Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Compass 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 Compass doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Rogue 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 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’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Compass:

 

Rogue

Compass

Front Rotors

11.84 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.68 inches

9” drums

Opt Rear Rotors

10.3 inches

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 Compass 4x4 are solid, not vented.

The Nissan Rogue 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.

The Rogue stops much shorter than the Compass:

 

Rogue

Compass

 

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

170 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Rogue has larger tires than the Compass (225/65R17 vs. 205/70R16).

The Rogue S/SV/Hybrid’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.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue S/SV/Hybrid has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Compass. The Rogue SL’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Compass Latitude.

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 Compass 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 Compass 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 Compass doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Compass (106.5 inches vs. 103.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue is 3 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than on the Compass.

The Rogue SL AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the Compass 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Compass (8.2 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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 Compass 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 Compass (.4) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Rogue get better fuel mileage.

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

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Rogue has 25.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Compass (126.5 vs. 101.3).

The Rogue has .9 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Compass.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Rogue

Compass

Third Seat Removed

32 cubic feet

22.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70 cubic feet

53.6 cubic feet

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

 

Rogue

Compass

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.5”/68.5”

32.5”/63”

Min Width

44”

38”

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 Compass 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 Compass doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Rogue’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 SV/SL’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control. The Compass’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 Compass can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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

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 Compass doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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

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 Compass doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard NissanConnect for the Rogue 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Compass because typical repairs cost less on the Rogue than the Compass, including $19 less for a starter and $35 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Jeep Compass by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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