Putting together the 2019 Nissan Rogue vs 2019 Chevrolet Equinox was a bit difficult. Both vehicles look similar internally and somewhat externally. We confused the two more than once. They compete in an incredibly competitive market, with the Nissan Rogue leading in sales. It outsells the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 with the Chevrolet Equinox coming in fourth in U.S. sales.
Keep in mind: Sales numbers of the Nissan Rogue are combined with the Nissan Rogue Sport, which is a smaller vehicle in a different segment.
2019 Chevrolet Equinox
The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox has three engine options. There’s a base-model 1.5-turbo, a 2.0-liter turbo and a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel. Our top-of-the-line tester came with the Premium package which included the 252 horsepower 2.0-liter that makes 260 lbs-feet of torque. Those are excellent numbers for the class. Only the 2.0-liter pairs up to a nine-speed automatic, while the other two engines pair up to a six-speed. This all-wheel drive setup with the powerful turbo meant a combined 24 mpg was as good as it gets.
2019 Nissan Rogue
Using a less-is-more approach, the 2019 Nissan Rogue uses a 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. That naturally aspirated unit to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and it has all-wheel drive. This setup still allows for an efficient ride. The Nissan Rogue will manage 27 mpg combined, according to the EPA.
Both vehicles weigh approximately 3,600 lbs as equipped. The Chevrolet Equinox Premier 2.0T AWD had an MSRP of $38,740. The Nissan Rogue SL AWD’s MSRP was $36,085. While both vehicles come well-equipped, the Nissan gives you a lot more for the money.
While these vehicles truly compete, it was painfully obvious how slow the Nissan was by comparison. Steering felt less connected and the overall ride of the Equinox felt better sorted as well. Fortunately, the Nissan’s front seats were a lot more comfortable and it was a quieter ride too.
In this video, we see these two crossovers being compared head-to-head. Don’t blink, you might get one confused for the other!