Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Rogue VS 2017 Kia Sorento Near Austin, TX

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2017 Nissan Rogue

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2017 Kia Sorento

Safety Comparison

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 Sorento 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 Sorento 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, around view monitors 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 Kia Sorento:

 

Rogue

Sorento

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

69

71

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

51 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

783 lbs.

818 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 Sorento is only 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 Sorento runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 39 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Rogue’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento 2.4 4 cyl.:

 

 

Rogue

Sorento

 

FWD

Auto

33 city/35 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

Auto

31 city/34 hwy

21 city/25 hwy

 

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

 

 

Rogue

Sorento

 

FWD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/33 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

18 city/25 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

AWD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

21 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

18 city/25 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

17 city/23 hwy

SX/Limited 3.3 V6/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Rogue Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Sorento 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 Sorento 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 Sorento are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops much shorter than the Sorento:

 

Rogue

Sorento

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

130 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 Sorento 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 Sorento doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (8.2 vs. 7.3 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 300 to 550 pounds less than the Kia Sorento.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue has 2.1 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more third row hip room than the Sorento.

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

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Rogue’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Sorento’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

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 Sorento doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Rogue’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Sorento doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

The Rogue (except S)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Sorento’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Sorento because typical repairs cost much less on the Rogue than the Sorento, including $124 less for a water pump, $51 less for an alternator, $71 less for front struts and $731 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Kia Sorento by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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