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Nissan Altima vs. Honda Accord

If you’re shopping for a used mid-size sedan in Jersey City, New Jersey, you’ll definitely find something that suits you at New Jersey State Auto Used Cars. Our dealership has a large selection of quality sedans to cater to different budgets and transportation needs. Two of our most popular models are the Nissan Altima and the Honda Accord. These two sedans are both well-rounded cars that provide excellent value for your money, but they’re different in many ways. Check out this detailed comparison of the 2020 Nissan Altima and 2020 Honda Accord to determine which one is a better fit for you.

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Nissan Rogue vs. Nissan Rogue Sport

The Nissan Rogue has emerged as one of the most popular sport utility vehicles in the United States. With comfortable seating for up to five people, generous cargo space, advanced safety features, and excellent fuel efficiency ratings, the Rogue offers an outstanding value.  

Given that the Rogue comes in two configurations — the standard Rogue and the Rogue Sport — you may wonder which is the better vehicle. That depends on your driving style, your family’s needs, and your budget. To help you make this important choice, our team has put together a Nissan Rogue versus Rogue Sport buying guide, focusing on the similarities and differences between the car for the 2021 model year.

Basic Configurations

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The 2021 Nissan Rogue is a two-row, five-passenger crossover SUV that’s designed to be just big enough for everything you want to do. The Rogue comes in four trim levels, which are the Nissan Rogue S, Nissan Rogue SL, Nissan Rogue SV, and Nissan Rogue Platinum. Each of the four trim levels is available either in front-wheel drive or with Nissan’s intelligent all-wheel drive.

The Nissan Rogue Sport is a more compact alternative to the Rogue, though it also comfortably seats five passengers across two rows. The 2021 trim levels are almost the same: the Rogue Sport S, Rogue Sport SL, and Rogue Sport SV. There is no Platinum edition for the Rogue Sport.


The biggest difference between the Rogue and Rogue Sport exists in engine output. The 2021 Nissan Rogue operates on a 2.5-liter dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) 16-valve inline four-cylinder engine with direct injection that produces 181 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, along with 181 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. 

The 2021 Rogue Sport’s engine is smaller and slightly less powerful. It runs on a 2.0 liter DOHC four-cylinder inline engine that produces 141 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. The engine is also direct injection and offers continuously variable timing control.


Nissan’s Rogue line has steadily captured fuel efficiency over the years. The 2021 Rogue is no different, and you will see it reflected in your gas budget. The EPA gave the all-wheel-drive 2021 Nissan Rogue S and Rogue SV a combined city/highway rating of 29 mpg, while the Rogue SL all-wheel drive was just behind at 28 mpg. The front-wheel-drive Rogue S registered a combined rating of 30 mpg, and the Rogue SV and Rogue SL ran just slightly behind at 29 mpg.

The 2021 Rogue Sport trim in an all-wheel-drive configuration produced a combined 27 mpg in EPA tests. The front-wheel-drive trim for the Rogue Sport registered one mile more at 28 mpg. 

Connected Technologies 

If there is such a thing as an Internet of Cars, the Nissan Rogue would be part of it. The Rogue Sport models include a collection of display screens for multiple purposes, including a full-color 10.8-inch head-up display of vehicle status information, a 12.3-inch digital dashboard gauge cluster, and a 9.0-inch touch-screen infotainment display. 

Nissan Rogue also emphasizes the ability to connect without cords. The cars offer wireless phone charging and wireless connectivity to Apple CarPlay, which allows drivers to connect their iPhone to the in-car display, whether it’s in their pocket, bag, or purse.

The 2021 Rogue Sport is similarly tooled with the latest technologies, both to connect with the outside world and to make driving more pleasant. All models include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility for easy smartphone integration, feeding into a NissanConnect 7.0-inch color touch-screen display. The Rogue Sport also includes some other technologies that highlight practicality. For instance, the cars include the innovative Nissan Rear Door Alert system, while some models include ProPILOT Assist, which is hands-on driving assistance technology that eases driver workload to help with acceleration, steering, and braking. 


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Image of Rogue Sport interior via Nissan USA Press Kit

The redesigned interior of the 2021 Nissan Rogue may be the headline feature. Nissan built the interior to provide what it describes as a “family hub” for the ultimate in roominess and comfort. For example, the rear seats offer NASA-inspired “Zero Gravity” low-fatigue spinal support seats that recline, along with heated seats. The Rogue also offers zoned climate control to keep the temperature at your liking no matter where you sit. Another family-driven feature — the Rogue offers a front center console with a unique butterfly design that makes it easier to pass items back to the second row.  

The Rogue Sport interior offers its own interior comfort features. Two of the trims offer an eight-way adjustable power driver’s seat with lumbar support The four-way manually adjustable front passenger seat is standard across the line. The second row provides for a 60/40 seating split, which allows you to configure the space as needed for passengers and cargo. Depending on the trim, you will be sitting on either cloth, premium cloth, or leather-appointed seats. Cargo capacities range from 53 cubic feet to 61 cubic feet with rear seats folded down.

Find Your Next Car at New Jersey State Auto Used Cars

You can’t go wrong with either the Nissan Rogue or the Nissan Rogue Sport. But if you want to consider other options, then New Jersey State Auto Used Cars has you covered. Located in Jersey City, New Jersey, we are one of the largest used car dealers serving northern New Jersey and the New York City area. Our inventory includes cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs of all makes and models, including Toyota, Honda, Ford, Chevrolet, Jeep, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan, and more. You will also be able to choose a luxury model from the likes of Audi, Acura, BMW, Infiniti, and Mercedes-Benz. You can search by manufacturer or by the particular features you are interested in, such as third-row seating, all-wheel drive, heated seats, and beyond. 

You can pay cash or finance your purchase. Our finance staff has relationships with major lenders and can work with you to get the monthly payment that works for your budget. We’ll also make a fair offer for your trade-in. Stop in, call us, or contact us online. We’d love to work with you! 

How to Transfer a Car Title in New Jersey

A car title is a vital document issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) that legally proves ownership and must be transferred when a vehicle is new, sold, given to someone, or inherited.

Why Are Car Titles Important?

Car titles provide proof of ownership and list any liens or loans against the vehicle. They serve as a record of ownership and other key information during a car’s life span. Titles have information like the vehicle identification number (VIN), manufacturer, model, and year of manufacture. Titles may also document information like vehicle weight, odometer reading, the license plate number, lienholder, the owner’s name and address, and purchase price.

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Can You Lease a Used Car?

If you’re in the market for a car, whether it’s for your daily commute or family weekend adventures, you’ll need to decide between one that’s used or new. Once you’ve made that decision, you’ll need to either purchase or lease the vehicle. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. If you’ve decided to lease, can you lease a used car?

Purchasing vs. Leasing

You’ve found the used car of your dreams, and to drive it home from the dealership, you need to decide between purchasing or leasing it. What’s the difference?

2019 Jeep Compass Latitude 4x4

If you choose to buy a vehicle, you can either pay for it with cash in hand or take out a traditional car loan. The loan process is straightforward: You find a credit union, bank, or other lending institution that will provide the money for the vehicle upfront and set up a repayment plan. Factors involved in the process include checking your credit score and credit history to determine your lending terms, including the interest rate. Once you’ve made the final payment on the loan, you own the car outright.

Leasing is another option for obtaining a vehicle. You still have a monthly payment, but you’re not paying off a principal, so it’s often lower than a traditional loan. When you lease a vehicle, you’re making payments on finance charges and the car’s value or capitalized cost versus the residual or expected value when the lease ends.

Can You Lease a Used Car?

The short answer is yes, but it can be more complicated than leasing a new car. One way to lease a used car is to take over a preexisting lease from another person. You can use services like Swapalease, LeaseTrader, or LeaseQuit to locate leases other drivers wish to get out of by selling their lease to a new driver.

Many dealerships only offer leases on certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles. A dealership will refurbish late-model vehicles to provide an extended warranty, which purchasers view as a premium when buying used vehicles. Even if a dealership offers leases on CPO vehicles, they might not advertise that fact, leaving it up to the purchaser to approach the dealer to determine whether leasing is an option.

Leases on used cars often require third-party financing options, because dealership financing typically only applies to new vehicles. Leasing a used car lowers the capitalized cost because it’s valued lower than a new vehicle and raises the residual cost because the car has already lost much of its value in the first year or two. Thus, leasing a used car is an appealing option for many drivers.

Advantages of Leasing a Used Car

Advantages to leasing a new car, in addition to its lower capitalized cost and higher potential residual value, include:

  • Shorter lease. If you participate in a lease swap or take over someone else’s lease, you’re entering the lease in the middle of its terms. You could have as little as a year or two left, allowing you to try a vehicle for a much shorter period. 
  • Get more car. You might afford a vehicle with more bells and whistles or one that falls into the luxury category that wouldn’t normally fit into your budget. These high-end vehicles are ideal used cars to lease, as they typically maintain their value. 
  • Trade it in. When you own a vehicle, you either need to sell it to a private party or negotiate a trade-in value with a dealership when you decide to upgrade your ride. With a lease, the terms have already been negotiated. When your lease is up, it’s easy to trade it in on either another leased vehicle or toward a purchased vehicle.

Disadvantages of Leasing a Used Car

Also consider the disadvantages of leasing a used car, including:

  • Expensive warranties. Adding a warranty to a used vehicle is always tricky, and adding a warranty to a leased vehicle can be even more challenging. Warranties are one reason it’s more common to find CPO vehicles available for lease from dealerships.
  • Fees. Leasing a vehicle has additional fees such as dealer-prep fees, acquisition fees, a security deposit, and disposition fees. You might avoid some or all these fees with the right dealership and financial institution, but be prepared to spend upward of $800 on fees.
  • Car issues. When purchasing or leasing a used vehicle, you risk having more car issues because the vehicle already has miles on it. The more miles it has, the higher the potential for wear and tear.
  • Future value. Leases are based on the capitalized cost versus the residual value, which is typically estimated. It can be difficult to determine a leased vehicle’s future value, and if the residual value turns out to be lower, then you’re stuck paying the difference.

Other Factors To Consider

On a leased vehicle, you’re counting on the residual value to be as close to the estimate as possible to avoid paying extra fees when the lease is up. One way to reduce repair costs and help your vehicle maintain its value is to purchase the best warranty possible. A bumper-to-bumper warranty is ideal but might be harder to acquire on a used vehicle. Talk with the dealer to ensure you’re getting the best warranty possible on the vehicle you’re leasing.

You also want to insure your vehicle. While nearly every state requires auto insurance on leased vehicles, you’ll want to have the correct coverage. You’ll need to have liability, comprehensive, and collision to protect your investment fully. Comprehension coverage protects you against theft, vandalism, hitting an animal, and storm damage. In the event of hitting another vehicle, building, or inanimate object, your collision coverage will take care of related costs.

If you’re in the market for your next vehicle, contact New Jersey State Auto Used Cars. A team member will be happy to answer your questions about leasing used vehicles or set you up for a test drive in one of the options on our lot. 

How To Change A New York (NY) License to New Jersey (NJ)?

If you’ve recently moved from New York to New Jersey or you’re about to, one of the things you need to take care of is your identification. New Jersey state law requires that you transfer your out-of-state license and any vehicle registrations within 60 days of your move. If your current license is set to expire before then, you must transfer it before the expiration date.

Transferring your New York state license to New Jersey is a pretty easy process, but it does take some time. Therefore, you’ll want to get started on this process as soon as you can so that you don’t run the risk of missing the deadline and facing penalties. Below are the steps you can follow to change your New York license to a New Jersey license.

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What Are The Best Used Luxury Cars?

Luxury means quality. Luxury means style. But luxury does not have to mean expensive. Whether you’re shopping for a vehicle that can function as a dependable commuter car, go on long road trips, or serve as a stylish ride for weekend drives, you can find a selection of quality used luxury cars that fit the bill. Understanding your options and researching safety and trim features will help you make the best decision for your money. Read on to learn about the best used luxury vehicles on the market today. 

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