Nissan Rogue vs Hyundai Tucson
Nissan Rogue vs Hyundai Tucson
Posted on November 22, 2021
The compact crossover market is the most competitive it's ever been, with every major automaker aiming at least one model at the sector. But one of the original players in the segment was the Nissan Rogue, and it's a model that's still heading up the best seller tables. Does the latest Rogue release maintain the high standards that previous model years have set? To find out, we've set it against one of its closest rivals, the Hyundai Tucson, and here's how it went.
Powertrain and Performance
The two cars offer a powertrain of very similar capability. Both engines are 2.4L four-cylinder designs with the Hyundai making slightly more horsepower than the Rogue with 187 hp compared to 181 hp. However, the tables are turned when it comes to torque, with the Rogue's 181lb-ft outpacing the Tucson's 175lb-ft.
However, in real terms, there's no major difference in the performance with both cars having ample power for a smooth and satisfying drive. To complete the powertrain picture, both cars are available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, while the Nissan has a smooth continuously variable transmission (CVT) and the Hyundai a slightly limiting six-speed automatic.
But despite the very similar engine outputs, the Nissan Rogue has a substantial advantage in the fuel economy stakes. The most efficient model is the front-wheel drive version which returns an impressive combined rating of 8.1L / 100km, a healthy lead over the equivalent front-wheel drive Hyundai score of 9.4L. The same story is told with the all-wheel drive formats, with the Nissan boasting 8.4L / 100km against the Hyundai's unimpressive 10.2L.
Infotainment and Technology
In the cabin, the Rogue immediately impresses with its choice of 8" or 9" infotainment touchscreen displays, whereas the choice in the Tucson is relegated to 7" for most trims and 8" at the most expensive level. Smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on both cars, but only the Nissan offers the option of wireless Apple connections and a Wi-Fi hotspot facility.
Both cars are also available with a digital instrument display, measuring 12.3" in the Nissan against 10.3" in the Hyundai. However, only the Nissan adds the option of a 10.1" head-up display to complete the in-cabin technology picture.
Active Safety and Driver Assistance
The Nissan Rogue was one of the first mainstream models to bring active driver assist technology to the mass market, and the system remains one of the best-featured available. Standard features across the range include forward collision warnings with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and adaptive cruise control.
Most of these features are available only as upgrades on the Tucson, with the base model offering only forward collision detection and emergency braking.
Discover the Nissan Rogue in Kitchener
Find out for yourself why the Nissan Rogue remains a leading player in the compact crossover market by taking a test drive from our Kitchener location. With its excellent combination of drivability, fuel economy, and advanced technology, it's a small car that deserves all the high praise it receives.