2019 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Nissan Rogue

the 2019 Kia Sportage and the 2019 Nissan Rogue side by side

Perfect for small to mid-size families that don’t want to sacrifice style or power, both the 2019 Kia Sportage and the 2019 Nissan Rogue serve as icons of the crossover and SUV segments. Drivers looking for a safe and sporty vehicle might find themselves stuck choosing between the two vehicles. In this text, the Sportage and the Rogue will go toe-to-toe to determine which brings the most value to the road.

The Sportage and the Rogue are nearly identical in terms of their spacious layouts, which offer generous amounts of head, shoulder and leg room for all passengers. Both options also provide more than 30.0 cubic feet of cargo space and the potential for more space with folding back seats. Both also deliver similar convenience technology offerings with standard touchscreen monitors, back-up cameras and keyless entry. Keep reading to learn more about how the 2019 Sportage and the 2019 Rogue compare.

2019 Kia Sportage


2019 Nissan Rogue

$23,750 Starting MSRP $24,920
181 horsepower Standard Horsepower 170 horsepower
2,000 lbs. Standard Max Towing Capacity 1,102 lbs.
5 stars Overall Safety Rating 4 stars

What’s the difference between the 2019 Kia Sportage and the 2019 Nissan Rogue?

Safety Rating—The 2019 Sportage’s 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tops the 2019 Rogue, which caps out at 4 stars. The NHTSA’s crash test results show the Sportage scored higher than the Rogue in front driver-side and front passenger-side safety. The tests also determined that the Sportage has less risk of a rollover in a loss-of-control situation.

Capability—The Sportage’s standard 2.4-liter DOHC engine, which delivers 181 horsepower, tops the Sportage’s standard 2.0-liter DOHC engine, which taps out at 170 horsepower. Drivers of the Sportage’s highest trim level, the SX Turbo, get upgraded to the 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged engine, which delivers 240 horsepower, while the top-tier Rogue SL’s engine remains capped at 170 horsepower. The Sportage also shows faster acceleration than the Rogue, going from 0 to 60 MPH in 8 seconds while the Rogue trails behind with 9.1 seconds.

Warranty Coverage—Drivers looking for security will find more protection under the Sportage’s warranty. The Rogue’s warranty falls 2 years and 24,000 miles short of the Sportage’s extensive 5-year/60,000-mile warranty. Kia’s powertrain, roadside assistance and accessory warranties all nearly double the duration of Nissan’s warranties.