Nissan's lovable Rogue Sport offers fun and good value
Nissan's Rogue has been one of the best-selling compact crossover SUVs in America for years, and there are good reasons for that. It meets family needs, offers good quality, and it's priced to be affordable. In fact, the Rogue was so popular that Nissan decided to make a second model. The Rogue Sport offers the same benefits as the Rogue, but in a smaller package that's a little bit easier to manage.
The Rogue Sport comes equipped with a 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine offering 141 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmission is also standard. You can order the Rogue Sport with front-wheel-drive if you want to save $1,350 on the purchase price, but most Northwest buyers will prefer the Rogue Sport with the available all-wheel-drive. Winter is coming, as the saying goes.
Depending on the trim level, the Rogue Sport can be basic or luxurious, but you'll always get a baseline of technology and safety features. The most basic S and the mid-grade SV trims offer a five-inch color display AM/FM/CD stereo system, but if you upgrade to the SL trim, you'll enjoy a seven-inch touchscreen interface. GPS navigation is available in the SV trim level and standard with SL trim. All Rogue Sport trims come with integrated safety technology including automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert.
The Rogue Sport offers spacious seating for adults of all sizes in front, and good space for adults in the rear seat as well. The back seat of the Rogue Sport is perfect for families with smaller kids. Behind the rear seat, you'll find 20 cubic feet of usable cargo space, or flip the rear seat down for a trip to the big box store and the Rogue Sport provides 53 cubic feet for your stuff.
On the road, the Rogue Sport instills confidence. It's small enough to be nimble while still offering a great view above the tops of passenger cars. It's not the fastest SUV on the market, but you'll never feel like it's underpowered. The Rogue Sport responds well to steering inputs and it's just about perfect for a day trip over the mountains to the beach or up to the snow park.
After a mid-year update, the starting price of the 2018.5 Rogue Sport is $23,085. However, we'd recommend selecting the top SL trim for $29,515 to get the technology and comfort features. In a Portland winter, the heated seats and steering wheel alone are worth the extra price. Whatever model of the Rogue Sport you choose, you're getting an SUV that's both fun and sensible.
2018 Nissan Rogue Sport
Base price: $23,085
Price as tested: $29,515
Type: Compact crossover SUV
Engine: 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (141 hp, 147 lbs-ft)
Transmission: Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission
EPA estimated mileage: 25/32
Overall length: 172.4 inches
Curb weight: 3,274 pounds
Final assembly: Kyushu, Japan