2012 Nissan Rogue Compared to the Chevy Equinox The 2012 Nissan Rogue and Chevy Equinox are both champion small crossover contenders. There are many similarities between these two vehicles, including similar price ranges, with the Nissan Rogue slightly less expensive than the Equinox. They both also have similar city fuel economies, with both averaging about 22 miles per gallon around town. Both vehicles offer an inline four-cylinder engine, seat five passengers and have a basic three years, 36,000 miles warranty. However, despite these similarities, there are significant differences between the two vehicles. Exterior styling is the first difference many will notice between the 2012 Nissan Rogue and Chevy Equinox. The Rogue offers a sleeker, sportier profile than the boxier, clunkier Equinox. The narrower and slightly shorter Nissan Rogue also makes it much easier to park, than the bulkier Equinox. Inside, you’ll find the more luxurious styling of the Rogue, which makes the Equinox look like one of Cinderella’s ugly step-sisters.
For the drivetrain, the Nissan Rogue also features a CVT transmission, where the Equinox does not. For comfort and convenience features, your rear seat passengers will love the rear seat heat ducts. However Equinox rear seat passengers are left out in the cold. A rear spoiler is standard even in the base model Rogue, and privacy glass and tonneau cover are both available. Not so in the Equinox. The base model Nissan Rogue S has fog lights, back up camera and tow hooks all as available features, whereas the base Equinox does not. Ground clearance on the Rogue is 8.3 inches, allowing you to clear obstacles better than the much lower 6.9 inches of the Equinox.
Passengers will also be much more comfortable in the 2012 Nissan Rogue. Interior passenger volume of the Rogue is a spacious 126.4 cubic feet, compared to a cramped 99.7 cubic feet in the Equinox. Front passengers will enjoy more leg room as well as more front shoulder room, in the Rogue. While rear seat passengers in the Rogue have more hip room than the Equinox. Lastly, Chicago Nissan Rogue drivers will enjoy the nimbleness the Rogue offers over the Equinox. Based on the Sentra platform, the 2012 Nissan Rogue offers crisp handling, that makes the Rogue fun to drive. It’s curb-to-curb turning diameter is significantly less than the Equinox, making it also much easier to maneuver in tight handling situations. When you add it all up, the Nissan Rogue is a clear winner in the battle for Chicago’s favorite Crossover vehicle.