2018 Kia Sportage Vs 2018 Nissan Rogue

The 2018 Kia Sportage and 2018 Nissan Rogue are two of the most popular compact crossovers sold in the Nixa, MO area, but only one deserves your consideration. Check out our comparison below to learn all the Sportage and Rogue's differences. If you have questions, don't hesitate to call (866) 825-9532, and you'll be connected to an SUV expert at Youngblood Nissan.

2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Nissan Rogue: Engine Specs & Performance

Both the 2018 Kia Sportage and 2018 Nissan Rogue are powered by four-cylinder engines, although the Sportage is more powerful. Both models are also available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, but the Kia Sportage has sportier handling than the Rogue.

2018 Kia Sportage


2018 Nissan Rogue

2.4L I4


2.5L I4

181 HP


170 HP

175 lb.-ft.


175 lb.-ft.

2,000 lbs.

Tow Rating

1,102 lbs.

2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Nissan Rogue: Interior & Exterior

Most new SUVs are available with helpful features like roof rails and innovative cargo management systems, as well as premium features like leather upholstery. You'll find all these in both the Sportage and Rogue! However, the Kia Sportage has more standard features, and more innovative features than the Nissan Rogue.

  • All Kia Sportage models are available with fog lights, but not all Nissan Rogue models are.
  • All Sportage models are available with dual-zone climate control, but not all Rogue models are.
  • Both models are available with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, but only the Sportage is available with cooled front seats and heated rear seats.
  • The Kia Sportage comes standard with a rear center armrest with two cup holders.
  • The rear seats in the Kia Sportage have a 17-step recline feature.
Sportage Interior with snowboard

2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Nissan Rogue: Technology

The Kia Sportage and Nissan Rogue are full of interesting entertainment features like Bluetooth® wireless calling and streaming, and Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™ integration. They also have helpful safety systems like a blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic monitor. However, the Kia Sportage has a more impressive list of technology features overall.

  • The Kia Sportage is available with an 8-in. touchscreen, larger than the one in the Nissan Rogue.
  • The Sportage's infotainment system includes unique features like emergency calling, a parking meter reminder, and more.
  • Only the Kia Sportage is available with a Harman/Kardon® premium surround sound system with Clari-Fi™ restoration technology.
  • The Kia Sportage is available with dynamic bending headlights with auto-leveling. The Nissan Rogue is not.
  • All Kia Sportage models are available with autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning, but not all Nissan Rogue models are.
  • The Sportage has not only a rearview camera, but also front and rear parking sensors.
Sportage Technology display

2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Nissan Rogue: Warranty and Reliability

Everyone wants to know that the vehicle they buy is going to last a long time without many, or hopefully any, mechanical problems. Between the Kia Sportage and Nissan Rogue, the Sportage is far more reliable.

2018 Kia Sportage LX


2018 Nissan Rogue S


J.D. Power Reliability Score



New Car Warranty



Powertrain Warranty



Roadside Assistance



Estimated Repair Costs After 5 Years*



Estimated Maintenance Costs after 5 Years*


*According to experts at Edmunds.com

Test Drive a New Kia Sportage near Nixa, MO

The Kia Sportage is more powerful, better equipped, and more reliable than the Nissan Rogue. If that's not enough to convince you that the Sportage is the vehicle for you, it's also the more affordable option! A new 2018 Sportage starts at $23,600 MSRP while a new 2018 Nissan Rogue starts at $24,800 MSRP.

If you want to learn more about the new Kia Sportage, read our Sportage trim package overview or contact a product specialist at Youngblood Kia near Nixa, MO. If you are still not convinced, check out our sister store and test drive the New Nissan Rogues for Sale.

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