2011 Kia
Sportage
vs. 2011 Nissan
Rogue SV

2011 Nissan Rogue SV

9.5

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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Keyless entry
Standard
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Roof rails
Standard
2011 Kia Sportage

9.1

Runner-up

Kia Sportage

starting from

$18,990
"The Sportage matches up with the best crossover SUVs in the class."
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"Sharp styling inside."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sportage's interior quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Sportage

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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More gears
6
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Good highway fuel efficiency
29 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 Sportage
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Rogue SV's power seats; not available on the Sportage
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Rogue SV
Performance 7.9 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Sportage Winner: Sportage
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  • The Sportage has 6 more gears, which can improve performance, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • The Sportage 's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 17.9 lb/hp vs 20.5 lb/hp
  • The Sportage needs around 10% less space to turn, 34.7 ft vs 37.4 ft
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Sportage Winner: Sportage
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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 $6,960 cheaper (around 30% less), $18,990 vs $25,950
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
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
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Winner: Rogue SV
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  • The Rogue SV offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sportage
  • Almost the same, 55.5 ft3 vs 53.1 ft3
  • Room for around 10% more stuff, 57.9 ft3 vs 54.6 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.5 vs 9.1

Luxury Features

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Sportage Kia
Sportage
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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 Sportage
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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 Sportage
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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 Sportage Kia
Sportage
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 176 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Sportage has more gears, but the Rogue SV has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
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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 17.9 lb/hp The Sportage 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 Kia
Sportage
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MSRP $25,950 vs $18,990 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 21 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sportage '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 '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 Kia
Sportage
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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 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

Practicality

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Sportage Kia
Sportage
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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 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 is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1053 lb vs 1340 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 Not Available The Rogue SV offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sportage
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The Sportage 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 Kia
Sportage
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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

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Kia Sportage Kia
Sportage
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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 Kia
Sportage
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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 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

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2011 Nissan Rogue SV 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium Rogue SV vs Forester 2.5X Premium
2011 Nissan Rogue S 2011 Nissan JUKE S Rogue S vs JUKE S
2011 Nissan Rogue SV 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan S 4Motion Rogue SV vs Tiguan S 4Motion
2011 Nissan Rogue SV 2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 Rogue SV vs Altima 2.5

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