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Nissan Rogue vs. Kia Sportage and Sorento

So you’re looking for the perfect SUV and wondering, why Kia over the Nissan Rogue? Well, we have two very good reasons for you, the 2018 Kia Sportage and 2018 Sorento. Comparison shopping is a necessity these days and we are here to show you why you would be crazy not to treat yourself to a test drive in these award-winning SUVs.

Awards and Accolades

Let’s start with quality. Kia has won the prestigious J.D. Power Initial Quality award back to back the last two years. Unprecedented for a non-luxury brand. We love to brag about offering the world’s best built cars and SUVs. By comparison Nissan is ranked #10. The Sportage ranked 1st in its segment in 2016 and 2nd in 2017, allowing the Kia Niro, a Guiness World Record holder for lowest fuel consumption of a hybrid, to have the top spot.

We know how impressive that sounds, but the Sportage also took home the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick” in 2016, 2017, and 2018. It’s also a Kelly Blue Book “Top 10 Most Awarded Vehicle,” an Autotrader’s “Must Test Drive,” and an Edmunds “12 Best AWD Small SUVs.”   

The Sorento holds true to the Kia quality standard and slogan “the power to surprise” taking the #1 IQS spot away from the competition in 2017 (moving up from #2 in 2016). It was the IIHS “Top Safety Pick” in 2016 and 2017, and has been accredited with a 5-star Safety Rating from the (NHTSA) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Red Dot Design Honorable Mention Award in 2016, and Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s (AJAC) “Best New SUV” in 2016.


Kia offers a standard 5-year 100,000km full comprehensive warranty and 5-year Unlimited km Roadside Assistance giving you peace of mind over and above Kia’s consistently proven quality. That is a full 2 years of additional warranty and roadside assistance over Nissan’s 3-year 60,000 km warranty and 3-year Roadside Assistance.


For those starting with something a little more basic, you will be pleased to know you have all the potential needed for those weekend getaways with the Sportage/Sorento’s AWD model standard roof rails that will allow you to add crossbars and load up your favorite outdoor excursion gear. Make sure you see things more clearly at night with your standard fog lights lighting your way. All of which are unavailable in the Nissan Rogue without moving up a trim.

When you’re ready to look at a few more bells, start whistling at the mid-trim lineups panoramic sunroof and smart power liftgate. just stand behind your SUV and let the tailgate do the work for you, then hop in the driver seat and let some fresh air in with your 1 touch express feature sliding your sunroof open/close with one push. Don’t just see it, hear it too! With th rear parking sensors warning you of your proximity to objects, pedestrians, and other traffic, you will be at ease at all times. When you feel a little warm hop into the upper trim levels for some cooling action with the ventilated front seats. As if you’ll ever want to leave you beautiful Sportage or Sorento; but when have to, you will feel comfortable leaving it parked with the electronic parking brak which will engage your parking brake just like a traditional foot/ handle with a touch of a button! If you’re hoping to find these and more with the Nissan Rogue, you may find they’ve gone AWOL.     

We know the Sportage and Sorento will have you looking at some greener grass over the fence, so don’t hesitate to grip the wheel of one of Kia’s top quality and award-winning SUVs!


The Nissan Rogue finds itself trying to keep up under the hood, offering a maximum 170 hp with its 2.5 L engine. The Sportage kicks up dust in the Rogue’s face with a maximum 237 hp 2.0 turbo while the Sorento launches forward rebelliously with its available 290 hp V6. If you’re looking to tug an X-wing, you may want to upgrade to a Sportage giving you a whole 1,000 lbs advantage on the Nissan Rogue (1,000 lbs towing) with a 2,000 lbs towing capacity, or stack them high with the Sorento’s available 5,000 lbs towing capacity. When it comes to the Nissan Rogue; I guess the force isn’t so strong with this one after all.

Sportage Rogue Sorento
J.D. Power Ranking (By Brand) #1 #10 #1
IQS Rank #2 NA #1
Autotrader “Must Test Drive” YES NO NO
KBB “Most Awarded Vehicle” YES NO NO
Red Dot Design Award YES NO YES
NHTSA 5-star Safety Rating YES NO YES
Warranty 5y/100,00 3y/60,000 5y/100,000
Roadside Assistance 5y/unlimited 3y/unlimited 5y/unlimited
Max Engine 2.0 L turbo 2.5 L Turbo 3.3 L V6
Max HP 237 170 290
Max Towing 2,000lbs 1,000lbs 5,000lbs
 Starting MSRP $25,095  $26,148  $27,995