There's a lot to like about the 2019 Nissan Rogue and Chevrolet Equinox - namely, these small crossovers' spacious, comfortable cabins and extensive safety technology. But which gives you the absolute best daily drive? Our comparison guide sorts out the details.
Comfiest Cruise: 2019 Nissan Rogue
The 2019 Nissan Rogue is our pick for comfort. The front seats are especially notable for their lasting support. No matter where you choose to sit, though, you can expect generous head and leg room. High-quality cabin materials are another nice touch, making you feel like you spent way more than you actually did.
You'll also find a lot of family-friendly space in the Chevrolet Equinox. Although the cabin isn't quite as roomy, most passengers will find they have more than enough head and leg room. We'd skip the optional leather upholstery, though, as it feels less luxurious and more stifling especially in warmer climates.
Most Safety Options: 2019 Nissan Rogue
The Rogue comes standard with a long list of modern safety items, high-tech gear that actively helps you avoid danger. This includes blind-spot monitoring, which helps you switch lanes on the highway without an issue. The automatic emergency braking system can bring you up short of an accident. This system can also detect pedestrians - a feature that comes in handy in busy downtown bar and shopping districts. Lane keeping assist stops you from accidentally drifting sideways.
The Equinox also offers a few standard safety features. Chevy's Teen Driver system keeps tabs on new drivers with geo-fencing and curfew features. Every Equinox comes standard with OnStar, an emergency telematics system that can send roadside assistance or emergency services. Please note, however, that you must pay a monthly subscription to use this technology, so that should be a part of the equation as you choose. To get high-tech driver aids, like emergency braking, you have to add the Confidence and Convenience II package to the top-of-the-line Equinox Premier trim. You may find that doing so forces you to spend more than you'd like.
Thriftiest Ride: 2019 Chevrolet Equinox
The Equinox's optional diesel engine outdoes even hybrid versions of the Rogue, earning up to 28 city/39 highway mpg. If you've got a seriously long commute, paying extra for the Equinox's diesel engine just might be worth it. In the gas-powered Rogue, you can achieve up to 26 city/33 highway mpg. That's not too bad, especially when you consider that the Rogue's four-cylinder engine generates 170 horsepower, leaving the diesel Equinox and its 137 horses in the dust.
Best Crossover for Road Trips: 2019 Nissan Rogue
Unless you plan to pack light, the Rogue is the best crossover for long highway rides. Behind the rear seats, you'll find 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space for your weekend bags and camping supplies. (On shopping runs that become a bit more extensive than you might have expected, you can flip down the rear seats to create 70 cubes of maximum cargo space.) The mid-grade Rogue SV comes with roof rails, so you can stow your canoe or surfboard for the long ride.
On the bright side, the Equinox also offers roof rails to help you transport large items. However, the Chevrolet Equinox is a bit short on cargo space, with 29.9 cubes behind the rear seats and 63.9 cubes with the rear seats folded. If you're planning a road trip where you'll need every seat, you may find there's not enough cargo space for your golf clubs.
Both crossovers had a good run, but the 2019 Nissan Rogue comes out on top - especially if you're looking for a family-friendly ride with plentiful cargo space. Its standard safety gear is another big bonus, helping you avoid any surprises on busy highways.