Here at Car Town Kia, our team is well aware that drivers who call Nicholasville, Lexington, and Frankfort home appreciate a set of wheels that can hold its own despite any challenges it might face on the road. You're certainly on the right track if you're considering the Kia Sportage vs. Nissan Rogue on your short list of possibilities. Continue reading to learn about some of their key differences.

The Engine Lineup for the Kia Sportage and the Nissan Rogue

If you're on the hunt for a daily driver that can perform no matter where your travels take you, the Sportage is one you'll  want to check out. It has two engine options. These are:

  • 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine

The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is the standard offering. With this engine under the hood, you can look forward to having as much as 191 horsepower at your disposal. The available 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine gives you an even greater boost with 240 horsepower, enabling you to accelerate around other drivers with ease.

There's only one possible engine for the Nissan Rogue. It's a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates a maximum 181 horsepower.

The Convenience Comparison: Kia Sportage vs Nissan Rogue

The Kia Sportage and the Nissan Rogue are fairly similar in the convenience department. One prime example: They're both available with an auto-dimming rearview mirror that prevents you from being distracted if another model with particularly bright headlights pulls up behind you.

However, the auto-dimming rearview mirror you'll find inside the Sportage comes with HomeLink® that also allows you to control aspects of your home security, such as the garage door and exterior lights, directly from the road. HomeLink® is not found in the Rogue.

The Kia Sportage also has the Smart Welcome System. Not only does it illuminate the door pockets to allow you to enter the Kia faster at night, but it also helps you get on the road quicker by automatically unfolding the outside mirrors. The Nissan Rogue is not available with a Smart Welcome System.

Kia Sportage vs Nissan Rogue: Safety Features

The Sportage and the Rogue initially seem quite alike when it comes to safety as well. For starters, they both come standard with Hill Start Assist Control that prevents you from rolling backward when accelerating from a stopped position on an incline.  

One difference, however, is that the Kia Sportage also comes standard with Downhill Brake Control. This feature helps you maintain control when making your way down a steep hill. This safety feature is absent from the Nissan Rogue.

Should I Buy the Kia Sportage or Nissan Rogue?

Now you know that the Sportage offers such standout attributes as 240 maximum horsepower, the Smart Welcome System, and Downhill Brake Control. It's time for you to get a closer look at the other ways it can contribute to your regular drives around Nicholasville, Frankfort, and Lexington. Contact the team at Car Town Kia today to schedule a convenient day and time to take your Kia Sportage test drive.

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