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 scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Both the Rogue and the Highlander 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, 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:

 

Rogue

Highlander

 

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

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Rogue

Highlander

 

FWD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/33 hwy

20 city/24 hwy

2.7 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

21 city/27 hwy

3.5 V6 w/Start Stop/Auto

 

 

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

AWD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

 

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

20 city/26 hwy

3.5 V6 XLE/SE/Limited/Auto

 

 

n/a

19 city/26 hwy

3.5 V6 LE/Auto

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

The Rogue stops much shorter than the Highlander:

 

Rogue

Highlander

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

144 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 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 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 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Rogue SL AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the Highlander LE pulls only .76 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’s (37.6 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Highlander (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 750 to 850 pounds less than the Toyota Highlander.

The Rogue is 8 inches shorter than the Highlander, 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 (.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 .9 inches more front headroom and 3.7 inches more third row legroom than the Highlander.

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

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Highlander because typical repairs cost much less on the Rogue than the Highlander, including $221 less for a water pump, $557 less for an alternator, $123 less for a starter, $35 less for fuel injection, $239 less for a fuel pump, $445 less for front struts and $771 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Toyota Highlander by 87% during the 2016 model year.

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