Nissan Rogue Vs. Jeep Compass

By Justin Cupler | October 26th, 2018

Compact crossovers are the hottest vehicles right now as buyers seek easy-to-drive vehicles that can handle cargo and passengers with ease. Nissan and Jeep each compact crossovers that meet these needs. Nissan offers the 2019 Rogue, while Jeep tosses its 2019 Compass into this packed arena. Which is better for our Saginaw, Michigan crossover shoppers? Keep reading to find out.

Exterior

The 2019 Nissan Rogue and 2019 Jeep Compass share the small-crossover segment, but their styling puts a big gap between them. The 2019 Rogue delivers traditional exterior styling that almost any crossover buyer can appreciate. It is inoffensive yet also not boring. The Compass arrives with a bolder take on the crossover style with its iconic Jeep grille, lots of contrasting colors, a more angular rear hatch, and a Trailhawk model that ups the styling even further.

The 2019 Nissan Rogue measures 184.5 inches long and up to 68.5 inches tall, making it 11.5 inches longer and 4 inches taller than the Compass. The Compass has a few advantages over the Rogue with its 73.4-inch-wide body and up to 8.5 inches of ground clearance (Trailhawk only) beating the Nissan by 1 and 0.1 inches, respectively.

The Compass’ smaller body makes it easier to drive in tight traffic or pull into a small parking space, but the Rogue’s larger body makes for more space inside.

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Rogue

  • Traditional, inoffensive styling
  • Larger means roomier
  • 8.4 inches of ground clearance without special package

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Compass

  • More design risk
  • Rugged Trailhawk model
  • More ground clearance in Trailhawk model

Interior

The 2019 Rogue and 2019 Compass start with relatively simple interior designs, but their higher trim levels and options dress them up nicely. The Rogue gets a point for its flat-bottom steering wheel and more traditional color options, while the Compass gets a leg up with its massive available infotainment screen and more splashes of contrast.

Up front, the 2019 Nissan Rogue offers 41.6 inches of headroom, 43 inches of legroom, 54 inches of hip room, and 56.6 inches of shoulder room. The 2019 Compass’ front seats check in with 39.2 inches of headroom, 41.8 inches of legroom, 54.1 inches of hip room, 56.7 inches of shoulder room. This gives the Rogue an extra 2.4 inches of headroom and 1.2 inches of legroom, while the Compass wins hip room and shoulder room by 0.1 inches each.

The Rogue’s rear seats give passengers 38.5 inches of headroom, 37.9 inches of legroom, 52.1 inches of hip room, and 55.9 inches of shoulder room. The Compass matches the Rogue’s headroom and beats its legroom by 0.4 inches, but it loses in hip room and shoulder room by 2.9 and 0.8 inches, respectively.

Cargo room is where the 2019 Rogue makes its mark with up to 39.3 cubic feet with the rear seats upright and 70 cubes with the seats folded. This crushes the Compass’ 27.2 cubes with the seats up and 59.8 cubic feet with the seats folded.

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Rogue

  • More seating room where it really matters
  • Huge cargo area

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Compass

  • Wider body gives more shoulder room in some areas
  • More colorful cabin

Performance

The 2019 Nissan Rogue and 2019 Jeep Compass are not powerful vehicles, nor do they feature any true performance trims. The Rogue carries a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, while the Compass’ 2.4-liter engine cranks out 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The 10-horsepower advantage the Compass has could make a small difference in straight-line performance, but the average driver will not notice the difference.

The Jeep Compass gets a point in its direction for its off-road-ready Trailhawk model. This boasts a 10-speed automatic transmission, standard four-wheel drive, and a 1-inch lift. Add in its off-road tires and skid plates, and this is one compact crossover unafraid of the great outdoors. It also gives traditionalists an optional six-speed manual transmission.

The Rogue snags a point from the Compass thanks to its better on-road manners. Plus, its up to 26 mpg city, 33 highway, and 29 combine beat the best-rated Compass by 3 mpg city, 1 highway, and 3 combined.

As for towing, neither compact crossover is built to tow much, but the Compass has the higher max rating of 2,000 pounds. Keep in mind, though, this is for four-wheel-drive models only. Jeep does not recommend towing with the front-wheel-drive model. The Rogue can tow up to 1,102 pounds regardless of its powertrain layout.

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Rogue

  • More base towing
  • Better fuel economy
  • Smoother ride

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Compass

  • Off-road-ready Trailhawk model
  • A manual transmission option
  • Advanced 10-speed automatic
  • Higher max towing

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Nissan Rogue comes in three trim levels — S, SV, and SL — and prices range from $24,800 to $31,390.

The 2019 Jeep Compass has four trims — Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk — and prices are lower at $21,295 to $27,795.

Nissan Rogue Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $24,800

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • 17-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
  • Hill-start assist
  • Steering-wheel-mounted Bluetooth and audio controls
  • Easy Fill Tire Alert
  • Folding, body-color mirrors
  • Black outside door handles
  • Black grille with chrome accents
  • Chrome license plate finisher
  • Variable intermittent front wipers
  • Auto-of halogen headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • High-beam assist
  • LED boomerang taillights
  • Cargo area light
  • Premium cloth seating
  • 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat
  • NissanConnect infotainment system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Hands-free text messaging
  • Rearview mirror
  • Double map lights
  • Ambient mood lighting
  • Power windows with one-touch driver’s window
  • Power door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Manual climate control
  • Four cargo tie-down hooks
  • Rear door alert
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Blind-spot assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

SV: $26,200

  • All S features, plus
  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Chrome door handles
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Roof rails
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Mirror-integrated LED turn signals
  • Heated front seats
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Dual-zone auto climate control
  • Keyless ignition
  • Remote engine start with automatic climate control
  • Rear sonar parking system
  • Rear automatic emergency braking

SL: $31,390

  • All SV features, plus
  • 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Mirror memory
  • Fog lights
  • Leather seating
  • Four-way power passenger seat
  • Nine-speaker Bose audio system
  • Navigation
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with universal home remote
  • 360-degree camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • ProPILOT Assist

Jeep Compass Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Sport: $21,295

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Selec-Terrain
  • Push-button start
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Rear skid-plate applique
  • Black door handles
  • Gloss-black mesh grille with gloss-black grille surround and chrome slot surrounds
  • Halogen headlights
  • Auto-off headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Black power mirrors with heat
  • Power windows with one-touch front operation
  • Variable-intermittent wipers
  • Anodized silver Speaker bezels, shifter boot accent ring, steering wheel
    bezels and cluster trim rings
  • Black radio bezel
  • Gun Metal outer vent and center console rings
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Four cargo area tie-down hooks
  • 3.5-inch black-and-white driver-information display
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Two map lights
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • One 115-volt power outlet
  • Silver shifter knob
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Cloth seats with accent stitching
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Uconnect 4 infotainment system with 7-­inch display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Voice control
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Electric parking brake
  • Keyless entry
  • Hill-start assist
  • Rearview camera
  • Trailer-sway damping

Latitude: $24,595

  • All Sport features, plus
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • 17-inch Tech Silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Automatic engine stop/start
  • Body-color door handles
  • Deep-tinted windows
  • Cornering front fog lamps with Black bezels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Black roof rails
  • LED ambient lighting
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with anodized-silver bezels
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Premium vinyl seating
  • Proximity key

Limited: $27,795

  • All Latitude features, plus
  • Dual bright-tip exhaust outlets
  • Bright Chrome exterior accents
  • Body-color mirrors with chrome accents
  • Chrome roof rails
  • 18-­inch polished-face wheels with Tech Grey-painted
    Pockets
  • Windshield wiper de-­icer
  • Piano-black radio bezel, outer vent bezels and center console ring
  • Illuminated front cup holders
  • 7-­inch color LCD cluster display
  • Additional LED ambient lighting
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather seats with Axis II leather perforated inserts
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Uconnect 4 with 8.4-­inch display
  • Remote ignition
  • Security alarm

Trailhawk: $28,795

  • All Latitude features, plus
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Rock and Hill Descent Selec-Terrain modes
  • 20-to-1 crawl ratio
  • Off-road suspension
  • 1-inch ride lift
  • Unique front and rear fascias
  • Fuel tank, transfer case, transmission and front
    suspension skid plates
  • Gloss-black grille surround
  • Black mesh grille with neutral grey slot surrounds
  • Black hood decal
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Black contrast roof
  • Neutral grey roof rails
  • Three red tow hooks (one rear and two front)
  • 17-inch polished-face wheels with black-painted pockets
  • Ruby Red speaker bezels, shifter boot accent ring and large cluster trim
    Ring
  • K-Black radio bezel, outer vent bezels and center console ring
  • Illuminated front cup holders
  • Additional LED ambient lighting
  • Luxury leather trim with Ombre Mesh Cloth insert and Ruby Red stitching
  • Uconnect 4 with 8.4-­inch display

Who Should Buy the 2019 Nissan Rogue?

Buyers who seek a more traditional look will appreciate the toned-down appearance of the Rogue. Plus, its larger interior gives buyers more seating room where it matters most and a ton more cargo capacity.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Jeep Compass?

Buyers who plan to tackle more than just loose gravel or snow will appreciate the Compass Trailhawk. Sure, it’s no off-road monster, but it can handle rough trails and light rock climbing better than anything in its class.

Whether you’re commuting to Saginaw, Michigan or heading to Midland, the 2019 Nissan Rogue can get you there efficiently and in style. Come to ours Nissan showroom serving Freeland, Saginaw and Midland today for a test drive. If you can’t make it in, you can check out our online inventory to see what we have in stock.