Rogue Sport


5 Stars

4 Stars



5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

190 lbs.

224 lbs.

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

71 lbs.



5 Stars

2 Stars




Chest Compression

.6 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

153 lbs.

260 lbs.

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

78 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

264/236 lbs.

328/396 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Terrain the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rogue Sport has not been fully tested, yet.


The Terrain’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Rogue Sport’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 57 percent more GMC dealers than there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Terrain’s warranty.


The Terrain’s standard 1.5 turbo 4-cyl. produces 29 more horsepower (170 vs. 141) and 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl. The Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 111 more horsepower (252 vs. 141) and 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport:


Rogue Sport

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

10.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.7 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Terrain’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Terrain AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue Sport (15.6 vs. 14.5 gallons).

The Terrain has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Terrain’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Rogue Sport:

Terrain 1.5T

Terrain 2.0T

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

The Terrain stops shorter than the Rogue Sport:


Rogue Sport

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Terrain has larger standard tires than the Rogue Sport (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Terrain’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue Sport (235/50R19 vs. 225/45R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Terrain has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue Sport S.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Terrain’s wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the Rogue Sport (107.3 inches vs. 104.2 inches).

The Terrain Denali AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Terrain Denali AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Terrain SLT/Denali has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Rogue Sport (7.9 vs. 7.4 inches), allowing the Terrain to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The front grille of the Terrain uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Terrain uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Terrain has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue Sport (103.2 vs. 96).

The Terrain has .4 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 6.3 inches more rear legroom and 4.9 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Terrain’s rear seats recline. The Rogue Sport’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Terrain has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 22.9 cubic feet). The Terrain has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 61.1 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Terrain SLE/SLT/Denali’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Terrain (except SL) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Terrain SLT/Denali, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a power liftgate.


The Terrain has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Rogue Sport has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Terrain has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Rogue Sport doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.


When two different drivers share the Terrain (except SL/SLE), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Terrain (except SL/SLE)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Terrain’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Rogue Sport does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Terrain’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Rogue Sport’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Terrain and the Rogue Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Terrain is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rogue Sport prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Terrain’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Rogue Sport’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

On a hot day the Terrain’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Rogue Sport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Terrain has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Rogue Sport has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SV/SL.

The Terrain’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Rogue Sport and aren’t offered on the Rogue Sport S.

When the Terrain with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Rogue Sport’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Terrain SLE/SLT/Denali’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

Both the Terrain and the Rogue Sport offer available heated front seats. The Terrain Denali also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Rogue Sport.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Terrain Denali keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Terrain Denali’s optional Automatic Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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