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2016 Nissan Rogue vs. 2016 GMC Terrain

The 2016 Nissan Rogue Proves There's Something to Be Said About "Getting With The Times"


Doing all the research in order to purchase a new vehicle can be frustrating, especially in competitive segments, such as in the small crossover. At McGrath Nissan, we’ll do some of the work for you by putting two small crossovers head-to-head: the 2016 Nissan Rogue vs. the 2016 GMC Terrain near St. Charles, IL. Whereas the Rogue has been frequently updated to keep up with the times since its release in 2007, the Terrain has had minimal updates since it hit the market in 2010 and that lack of change may have impacted its appeal to present day consumers.  

The engine is never a bad place to begin, and the Rogue and Terrain have similarly sized engines when it comes down to it. The Rogue has a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 170 horsepower and 175 lbs.-ft. of torque. The Terrain’s engine clocks in slightly smaller with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 182 horsepower and 172 lbs.-ft. of torque. The transmission theories between Nissan and GMC widely differ, though, with Nissan loading the Rogue up with its signature CVT. The new “d-step” logic Nissan has applied to their CVTs, though, reduces noise emissions by imitating a 6-speed transmission and upping the fuel economy. GMC has stuck with the 6-speed transmission, sacrificing some dollars at the pump.

The real skirmish between the 2016 Nissan Rogue vs. the 2016 GMC Terrain near St. Charles, IL, begins right there: with the fuel economy. The Rogue is available in FWD and AWD, both with combined MPG at 281.  The break down is interesting, with FWD at 26/33 city/highway MPG1. The AWD is 25/32 city/highway MPG1, very impressive numbers. The Terrain doesn’t do nearly as well, especially when comparing AWD. For FWD, the Terrain comes in at 22/32/26 city/highway/combined MPG1. The AWD fares worse, dropping to 23 MPG combined, with the breakdown at 20/29 city/highway MPG1.


The differences continue inside, as well, in regards to the maximum hauling capacity. The Rogue has 70 cubic ft., with both rows of seats folded down, to fill with whatever you need. The Terrain only has 63.7 cubic ft. under the same circumstances as the Rogue. Nissan also put their “zero gravity” seats2 in the 2016 Rogue, which are designed with the traveler in mind. They keep the body in a NASA-measured “neutral posture” to help combat that terrible fatigue drivers suffer after a several hour drive. GMC doesn’t offer the same attention to its drivers by way of seat design.

Last, but never least, let’s talk tech. The 2016 Rogue offers Nissan’s latest and greatest telematics system, NissanConnectSM 3, which has an unlimited number of awesome features, including Siri Eyes Free4 and their Services package, which connects you with help when you need it most. GMC’s IntellilinkTM 5 offers Apple CarPlayTM 6 and Android AutoTM 7, which NissanConnectSM 3 simulates with its integrated app feature, but GMC’s telematics system doesn’t offer immediate connection to a live agent in the event that airbags deploy. Safety first, right?

As the head-to-head between the 2016 Nissan Rogue vs. the 2016 GMC Terrain comes to a close, over here at McGrath Nissan, there’s one obvious choice: the 2016 Rogue, of course. Come on down to 945 East Chicago Street in Elgin, IL, for a test drive

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