2016 Kia Sportage vs. 2016 Nissan Rogue


2016 Sportage

The 2016 Kia Sportage is a reliable and durable compact SUV that has earned great reputation in the marketplace for its remarkable styling, attractive cabin, and powerful engine. Equipped with plenty advanced technologies and features, driving the car is a breeze. It offers great comfort and luxury to drivers, making it the perfect commuting vehicle for small families.

2016 Rogue

Manufactured by Nissan since 2007, the Rogue is a compact SUV that was introduced as a replacement for the Nissan X-Trail. Currently in its second generation, Nissan has released the 2016 version for the Rogue. The vehicle ranks sixth out of 18 in the compact SUV segment and is a solid option for those who want an elegant interior and impressive fuel-economy.


The 2016 KIA Sportage can be purchased in two engine options. If you are planning to spend a lot of time driving down highway roads and commuting long distances, then the fuel-efficient 2.4-Liter, 16-Valve, Inline-4 (standard of LX and EX models) is the perfect option. It produces 177 lb-ft of torque and 182 horsepower, while delivering 28 MPG on the highway and 21 in the city. If you need to leverage more power, you can opt for the larger 2.0-Liter, Inline-4, Turbocharged engine that delivers V6 like performance, generating 269 lb-ft of torque and 260 horsepower. Both engines feature a six-speed automatic transmission that shifts quickly and feels smooth.

The 2016 Nissan Rogue is powered by a 2.5-Liter, 16-Valve, 4-Cylinder engine. Paired with an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that is reliable and well suited for everyday driving, the engine produces 175 lb-ft of torque and 170 horsepower (which is quite less as compared to the power by the base engine provided in the Sportage). The car although fuel-efficient faces trouble in tackling a variety of road surfaces and riving condition, due to the less power available. The vehicle’s tow rating is also only 1,000 pounds, whereas the Sportage offers a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds.


The 2016 Kia Sportage boasts an incredibly luxurious and comfortable interior. The simple dashboard with a clean layout makes it easy for drivers to adjust settings and distinguish between various controls and buttons. There is a heavy use of plastics in the base models, but the cabin proves to be incredibly well-constructed that looks attractive and appealing. The vehicle offers 54.6 cubic-foot of cargo space, which means you also have a lot of room for storing large items and cargo.

The 2016 Rogue’s cabin utilizes a typical “Nissan” look featuring a range of connectivity features, soft-touch surfaces, quality materials, and illuminated instrumentation. Seats in the base model could be a little more comfortable and supportive as compared to the Sportage. Head and leg-room seems to be expanded, but still lesser than the Sportage. Storage space is ample and there is even a slick-cargo system available.


The 2016 Kia Sportage has a very appealing and attractive exterior. The vehicle boasts narrow sides, sharp lines, and a wider stance/profile. This helps in improving its aerodynamics, while increasing the size of its interior. Featuring a new signature “tiger nose” grille design, the car successfully manages to give off a rugged appeal. New sweptback headlights and aluminum-alloy wheels are also equipped, which give the car a very distinctive and unique appearance.

The 2016 Nissan Rogue also features eye-catching styling with a youthful appeal. There are numerous dealer-installed accessories, from external puddle lighting, to a 10x10 that can be attached to the liftgate. However, there are some areas where the SUV needs some serious work. The car isn’t as aerodynamic as the Sportage and has quite a large, wide hood from the front – making the SUV look improperly proportioned. Overall, though, the Rogue boasts good looks for a reasonably-priced SUV.


The base LX model of the 2016 Kia Sportage comes standard with steering-wheel-mounted cruise, audio, and phone controls, satellite radio, USB port Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker audio system. Rear passengers get their own air-conditioning duct. An Active ECO system helps drivers save fuel. SX trim levels get KIA’s famous turbocharged engine, a UVO infotainment system, 18-inch alloy wheels, high-intensity headlights, automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, navigation, and Infinity Premium Audio system with a subwoofer.

The 2016 Rogue can be purchased in three trims. The base S version comes standard with auxiliary input, USB port, 5-inch color display, 4-speaker audio system, text-message assistant, Bluetooth Connectivity, and rearview monitor. Mid-tier SV models feature roof rails, rear privacy glass, six speakers audio system, 6-way power driver seat, push-button ignition, dual-zone climate control, and NissanConnect mobile app. Top-tier SL Rogue trims add/replace to the above features with a 9-speaker Bose Audio system, leather-trimmed seating, Around-View Camera, Navigation system with voice control and 7-inch touchscreen and a power liftgate.


The IIHS has given the 2016 Kia Sportage top “Good” ratings in all crash tests, except for the newer small overlap front-crash test. NHTSA has given the compact’s AWD models five-star in all crash tests, including front, rollover, and side crash. Base models get an overall score of four stars. The Sportage also comes equipped with a healthy list of safety features, which include downhill brake assist, hill-start assist, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and six airbags. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, and rearview parking sensors.

The 2016 Rogue scores relatively well in crash tests. Earning the “Top Safety Pick” status from IIHS and five-stars from the NHTSA in all crash tests, the vehicle is incredibly safe. However, it does lack on available safety features. Standard features only include Blind-Spot Monitoring, rearview camera, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning. The Sportage, on the other hand, boasts plenty of advanced equipment like adaptive cruise control, stability control, and traction control, all of which prove to be effective technologies for preventing accidents.

Which car should you buy? Based on the comparative analysis above, the 2016 Kia Sportage offers more value to buyers than the 2016 Nissan Rogue. Visit Allentown Kia today to purchase the compact SUV!

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