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Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Rogue


PUBLISHED FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2021

A pair of practical, comfortable SUVs.

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Rogue | CarMax

When it comes to day-to-day practicality, crossover SUVs have space, power, and comfort for everyone. Two popular options in this class are the Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Rogue. Both vehicles offer everything you're looking for in an SUV, including five-passenger seating, driver-assist tech, modern streaming features, and flexible cargo space. If you're considering one of these crossover SUVs, we've created this side-by-side comparison to help you pick the right one. Read on to compare the Hyundai Santa Fe vs. the Nissan Rogue.

Side-by-Side Comparison

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Nissan Rogue

Average Price

$24,000

$20,500

Performance

Base Engine

2.4L four-cylinder

2.5L four-cylinder

Horsepower

185 hp

170 hp

MPG

25 mpg combined

29 mpg combined

Interior

Seating

5

5

Cargo Space

35.9 cu-ft

39.3 cu-ft

Front-seat Legroom

44.1 inches

43 inches

Rear-seat Legroom

40.9 inches

37.9 inches

Overall Interior Space

146.6 cu-ft

134 cu-ft

Ratings

Tailpipe Emissions

362 g/mile

312 g/mile

NHTSA Safety Rating

5/5

5/5

Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Features and Trim Options

While the Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Rogue are two different approaches to an SUV, they offer a range of trims and features that will check the boxes on your must-have list.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Rogue: Hyundai Santa Fe | CarMax

Packed full of style and technology, the Hyundai Santa Fe is a modern family SUV that's suitable for all groups. Even the base model is well-equipped, including some of these standard features on all 2019–2020 models:

  • A seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay connectivity

  • Forward-collision avoidance with pedestrian protection

  • Lane-keep assist

  • Blindspot and rear cross-traffic monitoring.

Nissan Rogue

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Rogue: Nissan Rogue Interior | CarMax

Form meets function in the Nissan Rogue. Available AWD provides the kind of confident traction you need in bad weather and impressive cargo space (39.3 cu-ft behind the second row) makes hauling large items a breeze. If you regularly carry armfuls of items to the trunk, look for the easy-access kick-activated tailgate, which is an available option from 2017. All 2017–2020 Nissan Rogue models include:

  • A five-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth® audio streaming

  • Reclining and split-folding second-row seats

  • A rearview camera

Engine Options

Both the Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Rogue offer a selection of capable four-cylinder engines—you'll also find an optional hybrid powertrain on the 2017–2020 Rogue.

On the 2019–2020 Hyundai Santa Fe you’ll get:

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Rogue: Hyundai Santa Fe Engine | CarMax
  • A standard 185 hp 2.4L four-cylinder engine

  • An available 235 hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine

The 2017–2020 Nissan Rogue is powered by:

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Rogue: Nissan Rogue Engine | CarMax
  • A standard 170 hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine

  • An optional hybrid powertrain with 176 combined hp, featuring a 2.0L four-cylinder engine

Fuel Economy

If you're looking to maximize the distance between visits to the pump, or if you do a lot of around-town driving, take a look at the mpg stats for these SUVs.

The FWD 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe with the 2.4L four-cylinder engine gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. If you opt for the more powerful turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder, you can expect an FWD 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe to get an EPA-estimated 22 combined mpg.

The FWD 2019 Nissan Rogue gets an impressive EPA-estimated 33 mpg city and 35 mpg highway for a combined 34 mpg.1 An AWD 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid still reaches an impressive EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined. You can still go for an extended cruise in the base 2019 FWD Nissan Rogue and 2.5L four-cylinder, which boasts an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.

Towing

If towing a small trailer or RV is an important feature, then a 2019–2020 Hyundai Santa Fe powered by the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine can tow up to an estimated 3,500 pounds, when properly equipped.†† All other 2019–2020 Hyundai Santa Fe models can to up to an estimated 2,000 pounds, when properly equipped.†† The 2017–2020 Nissan Rogue has a smaller towing capacity, with all models able to pull up to an estimated 1,100 pounds, when properly equipped.††

Tech Features

Modern technology is an essential part of any SUV. You'll find a selection of the most popular tech features in the Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Rogue. Both the 2019–2020 Nissan Rogue and Hyundai Santa Fe offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity as standard. The 2017–2018 Nissan Rogue does include Bluetooth streaming technology but is missing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. A suite of driver aids is included in the 2017–2018 Nissan Rogue SV and higher trims but is standard on 2019–2020 Nissan Rogue and 2019–2020 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Rogue: Hyundai Santa Fe Tech | CarMax
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity (2017–2020)

  • Adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert (2017–2020)

  • A seven-inch touchscreen (2017–2020)

  • Wireless charging (Ultimate trim from 2017–2020)

  • An eight-inch high-resolution touchscreen with live traffic navigation (Ultimate trim from 2017–202)

Nissan Rogue

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Rogue: Nissan Rogue Engine | CarMax
  • Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts (standard 2019–2020, SV and higher 2017–2018)

  • A five-inch touchscreen (2017–2018 models) or seven-inch touchscreen (2019–2020 models)

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity (2019–2020 models)

  • Navigation with live traffic (SL and higher from 2017–2020)

Cargo Space

Flexible cargo space is one of the benefits of owning an SUV. You'll find form meets functionality in both the Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Rogue.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Rogue: Hyundai Santa Fe Cargo | CarMax

Get 35.9 cu-ft of cargo space behind the 2019–2020 Hyundai Santa Fe, or open it up for an impressive 71.3 cu-ft behind the first row.

Nissan Rogue

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Rogue: Nissan Rogue Cargo | CarMax

A 2017–2020 Nissan Rogue can fit up to 39.3 cu-ft of luggage behind the second-row seats. Rear cargo space opens up to 70 cu-ft with the second-row folded flat.

Pricing

See below for average CarMax prices for various model years of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Rogue.†††

Hyundai Santa Fe

  • 2017 — Average prices less than $23,0003†††

  • 2018 — Average prices less than $24,5003†††

  • 2019 — Average prices less than $24,0003†††

  • 2020 — Average prices less than $24,0003†††

Nissan Rogue

  • 2017 — Average prices less than $18,0003†††

  • 2018 — Average prices less than $19,0003†††

  • 2019 — Average prices less than $20,5003†††

  • 2020 — Average prices less than $21,5003†††

Safety Ratings

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe achieved an overall 5/5 safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while the 2019 Nissan rogue earned an overall 4/5 star safety rating. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Hyundai Santa Fe

RepairPal gave the Hyundai Santa Fe an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as above average.

Cost: RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Hyundai Santa Fe is $515, compared to an average of $573 for Midsized SUVs and $652 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Frequency: According to RepairPal, Hyundai Santa Fe owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.2 times per year, compared to an average of 0.4 times for Midsized SUVs and 0.4 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Severity: RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 10% for the Hyundai Santa Fe, compared to an average of 13% for Midsized SUVs and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe front view

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.

Overall: 4/5

Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver-side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.

Overall: 5/5

Nissan Rogue

RepairPal gave the Nissan Rogue an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as above average.

Cost: RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Nissan Rogue is $467, compared to an average of $521 for Compact SUVs and $652 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Frequency: According to RepairPal, Nissan Rogue owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.3 times per year, compared to an average of 0.3 times for Compact SUVs and 0.4 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Severity: RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 12% for the Nissan Rogue, compared to an average of 11% for Compact SUVs and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

2019 Nissan Rogue

Nissan Rogue front view

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.

Overall: 4/5

Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver-side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.

Overall: 4/5

Reliability

The Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Rogue are rated with above-average reliability when compared with other similar SUVs. The average repair cost, frequency, and severity are lower than those for midsized or compact SUVs. Both the Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Rogue receive a RepairPal score of 4/5 for reliability.

Hyundai Santa Fe

RepairPal gave the Hyundai Santa Fe an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as above average.

Cost: RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Hyundai Santa Fe is $515, compared to an average of $573 for Midsized SUVs and $652 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Frequency: According to RepairPal, Hyundai Santa Fe owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.2 times per year, compared to an average of 0.4 times for Midsized SUVs and 0.4 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Severity: RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 10% for the Hyundai Santa Fe, compared to an average of 13% for Midsized SUVs and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Nissan Rogue

RepairPal gave the Nissan Rogue an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as above average.

Cost: RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Nissan Rogue is $467, compared to an average of $521 for Compact SUVs and $652 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Frequency: According to RepairPal, Nissan Rogue owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.3 times per year, compared to an average of 0.3 times for Compact SUVs and 0.4 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Severity: RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 12% for the Nissan Rogue, compared to an average of 11% for Compact SUVs and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 12/31/2018. Learn more.

Performance

Hustling from zero to 60 in just 7.8 seconds, the 2019–2020 Hyundai Santa Fe posts the fastest time with the 235 hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine (according to the manufacturer, when new).

With the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder, you can expect an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined in a FWD 2019–2020 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Rogue: Hyundai Santa Fe Performance | CarMax

The 2017–2020 FWD Nissan Rogue gets up to 60 mph from zero in 8.2 seconds, thanks to a 170 hp 2.5L engine and CVT (according to the manufacturer, when new). A FWD 2017–2020 Nissan Rogue with the 2.5L four-cylinder gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined.

The quick-shifting eight-speed automatic in a 2019–2020 Hyundai Santa Fe makes for quick passes on the road. Or, get a smooth and comfortable ride in a 2017–2020 Nissan Rogue thanks to its CVT.

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Rogue: Nissan Rogue Performance | CarMax

Emissions

Hyundai Santa Fe

According to EPA estimates, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe gets the following tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions:

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Rogue: Hyundai Santa Fe Emissions | CarMax
  • FWD 2.4L four-cylinder engine gets an estimated 362 grams per mile.

  • AWD 2.4L four-cylinder engine gets an estimated 380 grams per mile.

  • FWD turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder gets an estimated 408 grams per mile.

  • AWD turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder gets an estimated 422 grams per mile.

Nissan Rogue

According to EPA estimates, the 2019 Nissan Rogue gets the following tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions:

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Rogue: Nissan Rogue Emissions | CarMax
  • FWD 2.5L four-cylinder engine gets an estimated 312 grams per mile.

  • AWD 2.5L four-cylinder engine gets an estimated 324 grams per mile.

  • FWD 2.0L hybrid powertrain gets an estimated 261 grams per mile.

  • AWD 2.0L hybrid gets an estimated 276 grams per mile.

These estimates are based on a brand-new model. Visit fueleconomy.gov for more details.

The Bottom Line

When you're looking for the functionality and space for a group of people to travel comfortably, an SUV like the Hyundai Santa Fe or Nissan Rogue is a great choice. Both offer powerful engines, AWD for confident traction, and plenty of cargo space. A Nissan Rogue provides a smooth ride that's perfect for long journeys and your daily commute. At the same time, the Hyundai Santa Fe stays connected with mobile connectivity and the tech features you want.

Do you want to learn more? Check out some of these additional resources:

Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov
††Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
†††Based on prices on carmax.com from June 1, 2019 to January 1, 2021. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.

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