Nissan Rogue vs Competition
It will be hard for another automotive segment to match the boom that crossovers are in the midst of. With more space and utility than sedans, and more maneuverability and lower pricing than SUVs, crossovers are understandably all the rage. This high demand has created a frenzy of healthy competition, with crossover manufacturers improving their offerings and adding features as they seek to outdo each other and grab the most sales.
One of the most successful subcompacts is the 2019 Nissan Rogue, which for a while has lived in the shadow of its highly popular Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 counterparts. Now, the Rogue has introduced some noteworthy new features that are sure to help it stand out. Other smaller utility vehicles, including the Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox, Mazda CX-5, and Subaru Forester, are also looking to take the mantle. But only the Rogue has been awarded the Consumer Guide Automotive Best-Buy Award for the fifth year in a row, placing itself as a leading contender within the subcompact segment. And that is by no means the only high point on its list.
Cargo Capacity and Accommodations
The ’19 Rogue presents a generous amount of cargo space – 39.3 cubic feet – which is slightly higher than what its competitors offer. On par is the RAV4, which provides a total 38.4 cu.-ft., while the Escape ranks considerably lower at 34.0 total cu.-ft. While most of the vehicles in this class fall within the same ballpark of available space, the Rogue has an edge with its adaptable Drive-n-Hide system, which can be configured into eighteen different positions to accommodate various shapes and sizes of goods. This system can be arranged into a shelf, a box, or a long, flat floor that can even be lowered to accommodate taller items. None of the aforementioned rival vehicles offer anything comparable to the Drive-n-Hide system, giving the Rogue a distinct advantage in transporting stuff.
Reasonably Priced Convenience
While the Rogue may not have the lowest sticker price, when it’s equipped with the convenient motion-activated liftgate it comes in thousands of dollars cheaper than competing vehicles with that feature. A liftgate-equipped Rogue starts at $26,440, but if you want to get your hands a CR-V or RAV4 with a similar liftgate, expect to pay $32,650 and $33,535, respectively.
Safety Features and Standard Tech
A key draw for potential buyers of the Rogue is that it provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard on its base trim, unlike the CR-V, CX-5, and Escape. While the base RAV4 does include Apple CarPlay, it skips Android Auto entirely. Regarding active safety technology, the Rogue adds its award-winning Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite of advanced driver assistance features to all of its trims, although some specific features are not available with the base, such as rear parking sensors, reverse automatic braking, and the around-view monitor (detailed below). Even so, the base Rogue provides more than the RAV4’s Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which lacks blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, and rear cross-traffic alert on the base trim’s version. The CR-V does not provide any active safety aids with its base trim, while both the Equinox and Escape only include such features with optional packages.
Also noteworthy for the Rogue is its impressive around-view monitor featuring class-exclusive moving object detection in addition to a complete 360-degree view of the vehicle and its surroundings. Increasing the driver’s confidence is the integrated detection system that gives audible and visual alerts when there’s an obstacle in the vehicle’s path. This is a feature the CR-V, RAV4, and Escape don’t offer. On top of this, the Intelligent Mobility suite includes standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, while those same competitors do not. The Rogue also has a tire pressure monitoring system with class-exclusive easy-fill tire alert.