There’s a lot of common ground between the 2019 Nissan Rogue and Kia Telluride, especially when it comes to premium comfort and a smooth, capable performance. So what exactly is the difference? Before you head out to test-drive these modern crossovers, check out our comparison guide. We’re here to help you get your priorities straight.
Comfiest Traveler: 2019 Nissan Rogue
Comfort is a main draw in the 2019 Nissan Rogue. This family-friendly crossover is tuned for a smooth, relaxing ride. And its seating comfort is almost impossible to beat. Up front, you’ll find Nissan’s Zero Gravity front seats. With their NASA-inspired design, you’ll feel like you’re floating through traffic. The backseats are equally roomy and supportive, making road trips a great experience for the whole family.
The all-new Kia Telluride certainly puts its most luxurious face forward, bringing some stiff competition with its high-quality materials and modern ergonomics. As you settle into your chosen seat, it’s easy to find the perfect place for your elbows and shoulders. However, the Telluride can’t beat Nissan’s Zero Gravity front seats. If you’re planning to spend a lot of time in traffic, we can’t stress the Rogue enough.
Most in Standard Safety: It’s a Tie!
Both the 2019 Nissan Rogue and the Kia Telluride put a premium on passenger protection. That, of course, means that these crossovers come standard with an impressive range of high-tech safety gear. Systems like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking can actively keep you out of harm’s way. And, unlike a lot of competing crossovers, you don’t have to pay extra for this street-smart gear.
Strongest Towing Performance: 2020 Kia Telluride
If you need to tow a big boat, you’re going to need the Telluride. Properly equipped, Kia’s biggest crossover can tow max loads of 5,000 pounds. The Nissan Rogue simply wasn’t made for drivers with huge toys, maxing out at only 1,100 pounds.
Best Fuel Mileage: 2019 Nissan Rogue
When it comes to thriftiness, the Rogue leaves the Telluride in the dust. Nissan’s five-passenger crossover helps you conserve fuel—and save money—by earning up to 26 city and 33 highway mpg. (There’s even a hybrid version available, boosting EPA ratings to 33/35 mpg.)
The Kia Telluride is certainly heftier, but its bigger size will cost you at the pump. This midsize crossover SUV only earns up to 20 city and 26 highway mpg. If you’re watching your fuel budget, you may want to skip the Telluride.
In the end, the Nissan Rogue is the most versatile of the pair, bringing you modern fuel economy and the comfiest ride. And, thanks to its rugged capabilities, it’s even good for a jaunt into off-road territory.