Sporty little crossovers like the 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport and Buick Encore do it all, acting as zippy urban runabouts or delivering an efficient commute. But which one should you choose? Our comparison guide takes a closer look at these modern crossovers to help you make your best choice.
Friendliest Cabin: 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport
With spacious seating for five adult-size passengers, the Rogue Sport takes an easy lead in this category. This small crossover might be at home on crowded urban streets, but the cabin is loaded with head- and legroom. Its cushy-yet-supportive seats are another standout. They’re the kind that deliver lasting comfort, no matter how long the cruise.
The Buick Encore is also big on passenger space. Front seats are especially roomy, which is good news for commuters. The only drawback here is that the layout of the dash looks a little dated, subtracting from the overall sense of style.
Savviest Safety Performance: 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport
The Rogue Sport’s ProPilot Assist system sets the Nissan apart from the competition. In fact, there’s nothing like the ProPilot in this segment. If you’re feeling stressed or tired, this safety technology watches out for you, keeping you in the center of the lane and moving according to the flow of traffic. This system can even pull up to a stop in stop-and-go traffic.
Besides this extra driving assistance, the Rogue Sport delivers the usual array of driver safety aids. Forward collision warning alerts you to a potential crash. Lane-keeping assist can tell when you’ve accidentally strayed from your lane. In fact, you’ll also find these on the Buick Encore. The only thing the Encore lacks is Nissan’s innovative ProPilot Assist system.
Strongest Weekend Warrior: 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport
When you’ve got places to go and people to haul, the Rogue Sport does the best job transporting them in style. It’s got one of the biggest cargo holds in the segment, with up to 22.9 cubic feet for your weekend bags and tennis gear. The Encore would force you to pack lighter, with only 18.8 cubes behind the rear seats.
We’re also big fans of the Rogue Sport’s interior, where you’ll find plenty of nooks and crannies for your carry-on items. The Encore also puts its best face forward in the nook-and-cranny department. You won’t wonder what you did with your smartphone in either crossover.
Most Efficient: 2019 Buick Encore
The Buick Encore might be loaded with tech features, but the 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport is the total package, leaving the competition firmly in its dust with its easygoing comfort, cutting-edge safety technology, and road-trip-ready cargo space.