With their family-ready cabins and cushy rides, the 2019 Nissan Rogue and Hyundai Santa Fe XL give each other some pretty stiff competition. Which crossover should you choose? Our comparison guide takes a deeper look at these popular crossovers.
Comfiest Family Hauler: 2019 Nissan Rogue
We really have to give it to the Rogue—its front seats are so richly comfortable, competitors don’t even come close. Designed using NASA-inspired technology, the Rogue’s Zero Gravity front seats offer every advantage, from impressive back support to hours-long comfort. And the rear seats aren’t too shabby, either, offering generous legroom and impressive comfort to last through every road trip.
Like the Rogue, the Hyundai Santa Fe XL puts an emphasis on a smooth ride, soaking up any bumps in the road like a regular pro. Inside, the front seats offer a good range of adjustments, leaving drivers of all shapes and sizes to find that perfect spot at the wheel. And, while we give Hyundai’s crossover good marks for seating comfort, the Santa Fe XL just can’t compare to the Rogue, which ultimately gives you the cushiest ride.
Best Standard Tech Lineup: 2019 Nissan Rogue
When it comes to infotainment, both the 2019 Nissan Rogue and the Hyundai Santa Fe XL deliver the goods. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard equipment. Just connect your phone to the system to use your favorite apps from the central touchscreen. Both infotainment systems are easy to figure out and use, so you won’t be easily distracted from the road.
This category was almost a tie, but the Rogue pulled off a win with its excellent array of standard safety features. High-tech systems help you spot cars in your blind spot and oncoming collisions. Standard technology can even apply the brakes on your behalf, potentially keeping you out of harm’s way entirely. Of course, the same features are available from Hyundai. You just have to pay extra to get them.
Biggest Tow Rating: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL
For a big boost in utility, choose the Santa Fe XL. If you’ve got a big boat or a medium-size camper at home, you’ll be pleased to learn that this Hyundai crossover tows up to 5,000 pounds.
The Nissan Rogue wasn’t designed for hefty hauls, with tow ratings of only 1,100 pounds. You can get your Jet Ski around, but not much else.
Commuter-Friendly Mileage: 2019 Nissan Rogue
If you do a lot of driving or simply prefer a crossover that balances fuel mileage with sporty power, then you need the Nissan Rogue. This crossover easily bests the competition, with EPA ratings of up to 26 city and 33 highway mpg. If you really do a lot of driving, check out the Rogue Hybrid, which boosts mileage to 33 city and 35 highway mpg.
In the end, the 2019 Nissan Rogue is our first-choice crossover. Besides giving you the thriftiest lift to work, this crossover treats your family to the finer things, from high-end seating comfort to street-smart safety gear.