Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Rogue VS 2017 Toyota Highlander Near Laredo, TX

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2017 Nissan Rogue

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2017 Toyota Highlander

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Emergency Braking optional in the Rogue as “Superior.” The Highlander Hybrid scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Both the Rogue and the Highlander Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, around view monitors 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 Toyota Highlander Hybrid:

 

Rogue

Highlander Hybrid

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

31%

47%

Neck Stress

284 lbs.

509 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

73 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 Highlander Hybrid was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Rogue

Highlander

 

FWD

Auto

33 city/35 hwy

n/a

 

AWD

Auto

31 city/34 hwy

30 city/28 hwy

 

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 Highlander Hybrid are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops shorter than the Highlander Hybrid:

 

Rogue

Highlander

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

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 Highlander Hybrid 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 Highlander Hybrid 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 Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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

For better maneuverability, the Rogue’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Highlander Hybrid’s (37.6 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Highlander Hybrid (8.2 vs. 8 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 1150 to 1400 pounds less than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

The Rogue is 8 inches shorter than the Highlander Hybrid, making the Rogue easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Nissan Rogue amounts to more than styling. The Rogue has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Highlander Hybrid (.33 to .34) 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 2.1 inches more front headroom and 4.7 inches more third row legroom than the Highlander Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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 Highlander Hybrid 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 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting 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 Highlander Hybrid can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Economic Advantages Comparison

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Rogue will be $7759 to $11903 less than for the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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