2011 Kia
Sportage EX
vs. 2011 Nissan
Rogue SV

2011 Kia Sportage EX

10.0

starting from

$23,990
"The Sportage matches up with the best crossover SUVs in the class."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sportage's value
"Sharp styling inside."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sportage's interior quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Sportage EX

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
31 mpg
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More gears
6
2011 Nissan Rogue SV

9.5

Runner-up

Nissan Rogue SV

starting from

$25,950

Reasons to buy the Nissan Rogue SV

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.3"
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Average cargo space
57.9 ft3
Performance 8.0 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Sportage EX Winner: Sportage EX
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  • The Sportage EX has 6 more gears, which can improve performance, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • The Sportage EX's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • The Sportage EX's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 18.7 lb/hp vs 20.5 lb/hp
Cost 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Sportage EX Winner: Sportage EX
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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
  • The best price we've seen is $1,960 cheaper (around 10% less), $23,990 vs $25,950
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Winner: Rogue SV
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  • The Rogue SV's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Practicality 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Sportage EX Winner: Sportage EX
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  • The Sportage EX has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • The Sportage EX can carry more than 20% more weight, 1311 lb vs 1053 lb
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.5 vs 10.0

Performance

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Sportage EX has more gears, but the Rogue SV has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Sportage EX's semi-automatic transmission and the Rogue SV's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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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 18.7 lb/hp The Sportage EX has OK performance while the Rogue SV gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-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 34.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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MSRP $25,950 vs $23,990 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 22 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sportage EX'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 Sportage EX's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Rogue SV's warranty is very limited

Entertainment System

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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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 Sportage EX does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include 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

Practicality

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 57.9 ft3 vs 54.6 ft3 The Rogue SV has OK cargo room, while the Sportage EX has very little
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front seats 55.5 ft3 vs 53.1 ft3 The Rogue SV has average-sized front seats, while the Sportage EX is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1053 lb vs 1311 lb Average towing capacity
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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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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The Sportage EX has a good number of cupholders, but the Rogue SV does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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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 5 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

Luxury Features

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 9.1 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 126 ft The Sportage EX has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Rogue SV is just OK
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1/4 mile 17.0 s @ 84 mph vs 17.0 s @ 83 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.75 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 115 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Kia Sportage EX 2011 Nissan Rogue S Sportage EX vs Rogue S
2011 Kia Sportage EX 2011 Nissan Rogue S Krom Edition Sportage EX vs Rogue S Krom Edition
2011 Nissan Rogue SV 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Rogue SV vs Outback 2.5i Limited

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