Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Nissan Rogue VS 2015 Jeep Renegade Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Nissan Rogue

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2015 Jeep Renegade

Safety Comparison

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 Renegade only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Rogue and the Renegade 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.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rogue its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2014, a rating granted to only 52 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Renegade has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Rogue’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Renegade runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Rogue’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Renegade 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Renegade’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 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 19th in initial quality. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 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 18th in reliability. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

The Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (170 vs. 160) than the Renegade’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Rogue uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Renegade with the 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Rogue has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (14.5 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Rogue’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Renegade:

Rogue

Renegade

Front Rotors

11.84 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.68 inches

11 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 Renegade are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Rogue has larger tires than the Renegade (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue S/SV has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Renegade.

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 Renegade doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires optional 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 Renegade doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue’s wheelbase is 5.3 inches longer than on the Renegade (106.5 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Renegade.

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 Renegade 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 lower than the Renegade (.35 to .37) 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 offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Renegade can only carry 2.

The Rogue has 26.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Renegade (126.5 vs. 100.1).

The Rogue has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.8 inches more rear legroom, .2 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Renegade.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rogue’s middle row seats recline. The Renegade’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Rogue

Renegade

Third Seat Removed

39.3 cubic feet

18.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70 cubic feet

50.8 cubic feet

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Rogue (except S) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Renegade doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Rogue’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Renegade’s standard 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 Renegade can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Renegade doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Rogue has standard power remote mirrors. The Renegade 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.

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

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Rogue, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Renegade.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Rogue has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Rogue

Renegade

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

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Kiplinger’s Awards

2

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