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Kia Sportage vs Nissan Rogue

2020 Kia Sportage

For drivers around the West Chester, Philadelphia, Ardmore, Springfield, Exton, PA, and Wilmington, DE, areas, two feature-full crossovers are about to go all out in a competition for your attention. The Kia Sportage vs. Nissan Rogue debate is already at the dealership and on the road. Both vehicles are comfortable, safe, and well-equipped with a multitude of interior conveniences.

To help you decide which of these has what it takes to handle your particular driving needs, the automotive experts at Kia of West Chester have put together this Kia Sportage vs. Nissan Rogue comparison.

Dive in to get started. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us by phone or email with any questions that might come to mind along the way. You’re also welcome to speak with a member of our team in person by stopping by to pay us a visit.

Powerful Competition

2020 Kia Sportage Engine OptionsThere’s not much that can compare to the sensation of cruising down the left lane or backroads with ease. Luckily, the Sportage has you covered. Its two possible engines consist of the 2.4L 4-cylinder offering that supplies you with up to 181 horsepower, and the 2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that can generate a maximum of 240 horsepower.

Over in the Rogue, you’re not going to be able to find as much variety or oomph. Its 2.5L 4-cylinder engine can only produce 170 horsepower.

This additional power means the Kia Sportage can also tow more than the Nissan Rogue. As long as your Sportage is equipped with trailer brakes, it can tow up to 2,000 pounds. The Rogue can only tow 1,102 pounds when properly equipped.

Of course, each vehicle is available in your choice of 2-wheel or all-wheel drive. Both all-wheel drive systems constantly monitor road conditions and adapt to provide the best traction for every situation. That means you can sit back and enjoy the ride no matter what time of year it is.

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Sportage vs Rogue: Interior Comfort

The Rogue and Sportage come standard with 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seats and cloth seating trim. At higher trim levels, each SUV offers a power-adjustable driver’s seat with 2-way lumbar support. The Rogue gets an 8-way driver’s seat, giving you more options for a comfortable position. The Sportage, however, provides you with a 10-way adjustment for maximum comfort.

Both SUVs provide you with the opportunity to stay cozy whenever you find yourself getting behind the wheel with available heated front seats. For even more comfort, though, you’ll want the Sportage with its available ventilated front seats. This feature is not available in the Rogue.

2020 Kia Sportage Interior 2020 Kia Sportage Cargo

Cargo Conveniences

Both SUVs provide ample room for cargo, with over 30 cubic feet behind the rear seats to store things like your emergency tool kit and pick up the office party take-out pizza order.

With the Rogue, you’ll have to balance those pizza boxes while you kick under the rear bumper to engage the available Motion Activated Liftgate. The Sportage makes this easier: Simply stand next to the rear of the Kia vehicle with your Smart Key, and its available Smart Power Liftgate™ will automatically open for you.

Plus, the Kia Sportage offers a height-adjustable liftgate. That means no more jumping to reach the handle so you can close it. Unfortunately, this option is not available in the Nissan Rogue.


Kia Sportage vs Nissan Rogue: Spotlight on Technology

2020 Kia Sportage Technology Features

If you look to the center of the dashboard in the Nissan Rogue, you’ll notice a 7-inch touchscreen display ready to launch your favorite podcast or music. The Kia Sportage offers a slightly larger 8-inch touchscreen with similar capabilities.

Both cars offer connectivity options like Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®. You’ll get better sound quality in the Sportage, though, which comes standard with six speakers compared to only four in the Rogue.


Exterior Design & Features

2020 Kia Sportage ExteriorWe can’t get over the striking exterior of the Kia Sportage. From the wheels to the roofline, the design is assertive but welcoming. While the Nissan Rogue has undergone design alterations over the years, it has largely remained true to its rounded front and rear end.

The size is important, too. The Kia Sportage is over three inches shorter than the Nissan Rogue, which means you’ll have an easier time fitting into tight parking spaces and making tight turns.

Each of these crossovers comes standard with auto on and off headlights as well as LED daytime running lights. The halogen headlights on the Rogue certainly don’t disappoint, but the projector beam headlights on the Sportage offer enhanced visibility and are stunning to look at.

Another thoughtful feature included on the Sportage is a sound-absorbing front windshield. This means normally noisy stretches of highway will be dampened in the same way that most headphones quiet outside sounds.

The Nissan Rogue decided to address highway noise by instead equipping you with a speed-sensitive volume control. This means that, as you speed up and road noise increases, your audio also gets louder to compensate. Unfortunately, this isn’t helpful if you’re trying to hold a conversation while cruising down the highway.


Kia Sportage vs Nissan Rogue: Which Crossover Will You Choose?

Our Kia Sportage vs. Nissan Rogue comparison has displayed both crossovers as fun-to-drive, comfortable, and well-designed. However, our experts here at Kia of West Chester think drivers near West Chester, Philadelphia, Ardmore, Springfield, Exton, and Wilmington will appreciate the Kia Sportage just a little bit more because it simply outshines the Rogue in the above areas.

We recommend that you get behind the wheel of the Kia Sportage to truly experience everything that it has to offer. Browse our online inventory to see what each of its trim levels has in store for you. Then, when you find a model that interests you, make a trip down to our dealership to see it in person. Schedule your test drive today!

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