2019 Hyundai Tucson vs Nissan Rogue

To the untrained eye, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Rogue are pretty similar. Slap the same color of paint on them and the biggest distinction would be the look of the front fascia. But there's more differences than you can see at first glance. Let's dig into what makes these compact sport utility vehicles different from each other and weigh in on which is better in its class. We'll cover all that in this comparison guide.

Passenger Room: Tie

Do you want space in front or back? That's the decision before you. The Hyundai Tucson makes sure the back seat passengers are comfortable while the Nissan Rogue keeps a couple extra inches up front. If you want to see those numbers, here you go. The Nissan Rogue has an extra 2 inches of headroom up front and 1.5 inches more legroom. On the other hand, the Tucson has an extra inch of headroom and 0.3 inches more legroom over the Rogue, though both SUVs offer more room to front-seat passengers.  So, it really comes down to where you want your extra inches.

2019 Hyundai Tucson on the Road

Price: 2019 Hyundai Tucson

A 2019 Hyundai Tucson's starting price is just $23,200, making this one of the most affordable options in the compact sport utility vehicle class. Yet, the Tucson still offers a robust standard equipment package, including drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, rearview camera, infotainment system with 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, USB ports, six-speaker audio system, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Not bad for costing well less than the average price.

2019 Nissan Rogue on the Road

By comparison, the 2019 Rogue starts at $24,920. That's approaching $2K more than the Tucson. For that hefty price, the only big feature the Rogue adds is satellite radio. (And its audio system only has four speakers.) Then again, the Rogue does add several advanced safety features, including a high-beam assist, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Is that worth $1,700 more? We'll let you be the judge.

Horsepower: 2019 Hyundai Tucson

Horsepower isn't a perfect measure of a car's performance. But at the same time, all other things being equal, hp can be pretty indicative. Well, get this. If you take the standard engines on the 2019 Tucson and Rogue, the Rogue wins with its 170-horsepower inline-4 engine over the Tucson's standard 164-horsepower engine . But the Rogue doesn't have any other non-hybrid engines. That's the only option.

2019 Hyundai Tucson

All we need is to do is upgrade to the second Tucson option to get the 181-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine. A significant difference in weight or engine type might erase the Tucson's advantage. But both models in question have an inline-4 engine under the head.  And the Tucson is almost 150 pounds lighter than the Rogue. So, it's safe to say that the Tucson has more power than the Rogue. A test drive will prove it.