2011 Kia
Soul
vs. 2011 Nissan
Rogue SV

2011 Nissan Rogue SV

9.7

starting from

$25,950

Reasons to buy the Nissan Rogue SV

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Cruise control
Standard
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Power mirrors
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2011 Kia Soul

9.0

Runner-up

Kia Soul

starting from

$13,995
"Feels nimble and well-planted in high-speed turns."
edmunds.com | talking about the Soul's performance
"A cinch to maneuver around tight city confines in relative comfort."
edmunds.com | talking about the Soul's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Soul

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Average number of gears
5
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Good highway fuel efficiency
31 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Winner: Rogue SV
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Rogue SV; not available on the Soul
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Rogue SV's power seats; not available on the Soul
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Rogue SV
Performance 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • The Soul has 5 more gears, which can improve performance, 5 vs Continuously variable
  • The Soul needs around 10% less space to turn, 34.4 ft vs 37.4 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Winner: Rogue SV
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  • Need to carry bulky cargo? The Rogue SV's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Soul cannot be configured with them at any price
  • The Rogue SV offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Soul
  • A single tank lasts around 10% longer, 413 miles vs 394 miles
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Winner: Rogue SV
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  • The Rogue SV's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Like your tunes? In the Rogue SV, you can upgrade to satellite radio
  • The Rogue SV has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg vs 22 mpg
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Winner: Rogue SV
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  • The Rogue SV has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Winner: Rogue SV
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  • The Rogue SV has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
Overall 9.7 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Rogue SV's power seats; not available on the Soul
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Rogue SV; not available on the Soul
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Rogue SV

Performance

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 122 HP @ 6,300 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The Soul has an OK number of gears, while the Rogue SV has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Rogue SV's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 20.5 lb/hp vs 21.0 lb/hp Both Rogue SV and Soul are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Rogue SV has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 34.4 ft The Soul can make tight turns, and the Rogue SV is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 413 miles vs 394 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 57.9 ft3 vs 53.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.5 ft3 vs 54.1 ft3 The Rogue SV has average-sized front seats, while the Soul is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Standard vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The Rogue SV's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Soul cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Rogue SV offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Soul
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The Soul has a good number of cupholders, but the Rogue SV is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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Number of speakers 6 vs 4 The Rogue SV has an OK number of speakers, while the Soul has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Rogue SV's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Soul does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Rogue SV, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Cost

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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MSRP $25,950 vs $13,995 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 26 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Rogue SV's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Rogue SV's warranty is very limited

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The Rogue SV is 1.5x safer than the Soul

Safety Features

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 4 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Road Tests

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 9.8 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 135 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 17.0 s @ 84 mph vs 17.6 s @ 79 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 115 mph vs 114 mph The Rogue SV's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Soul is just OK

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2011 Nissan Rogue SV 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan S 4Motion Rogue SV vs Tiguan S 4Motion
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