In the 2018 Nissan Rogue and the Chevrolet Equinox, you have the space you need for family road trips and the smooth composure you want for your daily commute. But which of these small crossovers is your best bet? Our comparison guide is here to help you make the right choice - the spacious, tech-savvy Rogue or the peppy, fuel-efficient Equinox.
Most in Passenger Space: 2018 Nissan Rogue
With accommodations for up to seven passengers, the Rogue is the rare small crossover that brings city-friendly driving to big families. In spite of the Rogue's classification as a compact model, all three rows offer generous head and leg room, so you won't hear any complaints during hours-long highway rides. If your family can't ever seem to pack light, the Rogue is at your service with 39.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats for an impressive store of sports gear, weekend bags, and road trip souvenirs. Fold down the rear seats for 70 cubes of maximum space to haul thrift store splurges and your latest IKEA acquisitions.
The Equinox cabin is airy, with enough elbow room for rear passengers to text and type without banging funny bones. Like the Rogue, the Equinox offers a wide range of luxury options, including leather upholstery. However, the Equinox only seats up to five passengers, so it may not be right for bigger families. The Equinox also features slightly less cargo space, with 29.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 63.5 cubes with the seats folded down.
Savviest Tech Lineup: 2018 Nissan Rogue
Both of these crossovers come standard with everything you need to stay safely connected. That means standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, which display smartphone apps like Maps and Messages on each crossover's central touchscreen. You can even press a button on the steering wheel to call up your phone's voice controls and ask your phone to call home or send a text message. Both crossovers feature Bluetooth wireless connectivity, so you can use this smartphone technology without any pesky wires.
Because the Rogue comes standard with high-tech driver safety aids, we think it has the advantage here. As you cruise the highway during rush hour, the blind-spot monitoring system helps you switch lanes without any issues. The automatic emergency braking system also comes standard on every Rogue, helping you mitigate damages or even avoid an accident altogether. The Equinox also offers blind-spot monitoring, but you must pay extra to get it.
Optimal Fuel Economy: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
Here, the Equinox has the advantage. Its optional turbocharged diesel engine brings EPA ratings of up to 28 city/39 highway mpg. There's no doubt that this powertrain will appeal to commuters with its fuel-saving ways and robust power output - 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque.
Back in the 2018 Nissan Rogue, you can earn up to 26 city/33 highway mpg. If you're looking for an even greener ride, you may consider the Rogue Hybrid, which boosts fuel savings, earning up to 33/35 mpg.
Comfiest Ride: 2018 Nissan Rogue
Whether you're cruising up the highway or over rocky pavement, the Rogue soaks up bumps to deliver a smooth, refined ride. Even if you spent a lot of time behind the wheel, you'll never tire of the Rogue's comfortable ride.
The high point of driving an Equinox is the handling, which takes you around turns with impressive composure. The Equinox may not feel quite as refined as the Rogue, but it is tuned to balance sportiness with ride comfort.
Both crossovers have a knack for family-friendly comfort, but we favor the 2018 Nissan Rogue overall. With up to seven seats and a smooth, capable performance, this crossover is where you want to spend long trips to grandmother's house. Visit us to check it out in person.