Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jeep Cherokee VS 2016 Nissan Rogue Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Jeep Cherokee

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2016 Nissan Rogue

Safety Comparison

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The Cherokee has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Rogue doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation optional in the Cherokee as “Superior.” The Rogue scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk offers optional Parksense with Rear Stop, which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Rogue doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the Cherokee Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Rogue doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Cherokee and the Rogue 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

Cherokee

Rogue

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

163

294

Neck Compression

37 lbs.

44 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

291

298

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

57%

63%

Leg Forces (l/r)

305/278 lbs.

393/402 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

Cherokee

Rogue

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

176 G’s

202 G’s

Hip Force

235 lbs.

477 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

37 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

451 lbs.

783 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches

HIC

203

547

Hip Force

490 lbs.

784 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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There are almost 3 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Cherokee has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Cherokee V6). The Rogue’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

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The Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (184 vs. 170) than the Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6 produces 101 more horsepower (271 vs. 170) and 64 lbs.-ft. more torque (239 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Jeep Cherokee V6 is faster than the Nissan Rogue:

Cherokee

Rogue

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

9.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.5 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.9 MPH

83.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Cherokee V6’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 Rogue doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Cherokee has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue (15.9 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Cherokee

Rogue

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.84 inches

The Cherokee stops shorter than the Rogue:

Cherokee

Rogue

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Cherokee Trailhawk’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue (245/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

The Cherokee Limited’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rogue SL’s 60 series tires.

The Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Rogue, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Cherokee’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Rogue doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Cherokee Limited 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the Rogue SL AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Cherokee Limited 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (28.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Cherokee’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Rogue’s (37.6 feet vs. 39 feet). The Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Rogue’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Rogue (8.7 vs. 7.6 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The front grille of the Cherokee (except Trailhawk/V6/Forward Collision Warning) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Rogue doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Cherokee has 1 inch more front shoulder room and 2.4 inches more rear legroom than the Rogue.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Cherokee has a much larger cargo area than the Rogue with its rear seat up (24.6 vs. 9.4 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Cherokee. The Rogue doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Cherokee offers a 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 Rogue doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Cherokee has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Rogue doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When two different drivers share the Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and radio stations. The Rogue doesn’t offer a memory system.

The power windows standard on both the Cherokee and the Rogue have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Cherokee is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rogue prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Cherokee Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rogue’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rogue’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Rogue doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Cherokee Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rogue doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Rogue doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Cherokee’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Rogue doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Rogue doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Cherokee Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Rogue doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk’s optional ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Rogue doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The Cherokee will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Cherokee will retain 38% to 40% of its original price after five years, while the Rogue only retains 33% to 36%.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Nissan Rogue by almost 30 to one during 2015.

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