Compare 2017 Kia Sportage vs Nissan Rogue

2017 Kia Sportage vs 2017 Nissan Rogue
2017 Kia Sportage 2017 Nissan Rogue
  181 hp 170 hp
  5 yr./ 60,000 mi. 3 yr./ 36,000 mi.
  2,000 lbs. 1,000 lbs.

2017 Kia Sportage vs 2017 Nissan Rogue

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When it comes to compact crossovers with more than a dash of style, few can match the Kia Sportage or Nissan Rogue. More than vehicles that balance roominess with fuel efficiency, each crossover sports a youthful and attractive exterior profile. For 2017 model year, the Kia Sportage is redesigned to kick off its fourth production cycle, while the Nissan Rogue gets an update midway through its second one. While the Sportage and the Rogue share certain attributes, it’s the Kia vehicle that pulls ahead of the Rogue based on the following:

Engine Power

The 2017 Kia Sportage uses two iterations of its Theta II powerplant. One is a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that produces 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The other is a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 that generates 237 horsepower (240 if you go with the Dynamax All-Wheel Drive system) and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both Sportage engines surpass the output of the 2017 Rogue’s QR25DE, which is a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Ultimately, if you want stronger acceleration, the Sportage is the better choice.


To measure predicted reliability—which is the likelihood of a new vehicle developing major issues over time—J.D. Power and Associates evaluates reported problems during the first 90 days of ownership. The car research information firm then assigns a Power Circle rating (on a scale of 1 to 5) to the vehicle. The 2017 Kia Sportage gets 3.5 Power Circles in terms of predicted reliability, which puts it in the upper half of compact crossover SUVs. By comparison, the 2017 Nissan Rogue gets 3 Power Circles, which isn’t bad, but ultimately places it a little below its Kia counterpart.

Cabin Quality

More so than the 2017 Nissan Rogue, the 2017 Kia Sportage is complimented by automotive experts for its quiet, high-end interior. The redesign gives the Sportage a more streamlined, sophisticated, and better insulated cabin than the preceding 2016 model. Indeed, some critics praise the Sportage as being among the quietest vehicles in the compact crossover segment. Plus, its passenger volume suggests that Kia provides mid-size crossover interior space in a compact crossover body, thus ensuring that all occupants a high level of comfortability from front to back.

To test-drive the 2017 Kia Sportage, rather than the 2017 Nissan Rogue, give us a call today at Manahawkin, New Jersey. Serving Ocean, Atlantic, and Monmouth counties, we pride ourselves on being a prime Kia dealer in the area, with a great reputation for customer service (as evidenced by Google,, and KBB reviews). One of our sales staff would be more than able and willing to help you get into the Kia Sportage of your specifications.

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