The Nissan Rogue is a bestselling vehicle for Nissan. First making its debut in 2007, the Rogue is now in its second generation. It’s been incredibly popular as an alternative to the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.
The compact crossover sits between the smaller Rogue Sport (called the Qashqai in some markets) and the Murano and Pathfinder in the Nissan lineup in terms of passenger space and price. It is available with front or all-wheel-drive and can be had as a hybrid as well. One of the more important aspects of the Rogue is that it’s available with Nissan’s ProPilot Assist suite of driver assistance and safety systems. These include adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning and more. Another highlight of the Rogue is the flexible cargo area.
The Nissan Rogue is assembled in three different plants around the world: One here in America at the Smyrna, Tennessee, plant, then one in Kyushu, Japan, while some models are built in Busan, Korea.
Pros/ ProPilot Assist, Affordable Pricing, Cargo Flexibility, Fuel Efficiency, Hybrid availability
Cons/Boring design and drive, Weak infotainment offerings, Only one engine option
Bottom Line/The Rogue is a no-nonsense compact crossover that has a flexible cargo area and good fuel efficiency.
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Nissan Rogue Specs
Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Output: 170 hp, 175 lb-ft of torque
Fuel Economy (MPG): 26 city, 33 highway, 29 combined (FWD), 25 city, 32 highway, 27 combined (AWD)
Cargo Space: 39.3 cubic feet (seats up), 70.0 cubic feet with the seats down.
Nissan Rogue Hybrid Specs
Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine combined with 30kW advanced electric motor
Output: 176 combined horsepower
Fuel Economy (MPG): 33 city, 35 highway, 34 combined (FWD) 31 city, 34 highway, 33 combined (AWD)
Cargo Space: 27.3 cubic feet (seats up), 61.4 cubic feet (seats down)
Nissan Rogue Fuel Economy
The Nissan Rogue comes in four flavors that are important to consider when it comes to fuel economy. You can get the standard gasoline models with front-wheel-drive of all-wheel-drive. The front-wheel-drive models earn 26 MPG in the city, 33 MPG on the highway, and 29 MPG in combined driving. The all-wheel-drive Nissan Rogue is slightly less fuel efficient, earning 25 MPG in the city, 32 MPG on the highway, and 27 MPG combined.
Those looking for a compact crossover with better fuel efficiency will want to take a look at the Nissan Rogue Hybrid. It is also offered with front- or all-wheel-drive. The FWD Nissan Rogue Hybrid earns 33 MPG in the city, 35 MPG on the highway, and 34 MPG combined, while the all-wheel-drive hybrid model earns 31 MPG in the city, 34 MPG on the highway, and 33 MPG combined.
Nissan Rogue Safety Rating
The Nissan Rogue has been tested and rated by the IIHS and has not been awarded any Top Safety Pick scores. However, the Nissan Rogue scored Good in many tests, including the crashworthiness tests. It even scores well in the crash avoidance features as models come standard with pedestrian detection and forward emergency braking.
The IIHS noted that during a 12 MPH speed test, the car slowed down to 1 MPH before the crash, while in the 25 MPH test, the vehicle avoided the collision entirely. The Nissan Rogue struggles in regards to its lighting, which dragged down its score.
Apparently, the halogen headlights on SL trim models don’t adequately light up the road at all, and the LED headlights are not great at illuminating curves. This is what seems to be keeping the Rogue from earning a Top Safety Pick rating by the IIHS.
Nissan Rogue Features
No matter what Rogue you purchase, you’ll find a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood that is mated to a CVT transmission. Non-hybrid models make 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque while the hybrid gets a bump up to 176 combined horsepower.
Base S models come with 17-inch steel wheels, with an option to upgrade to 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The SV model comes with 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels and can be upgraded to 18-inch wheels. The SL models come with 19-inch wheels. All wheels come with 225 width tires, but with varying sidewalls. You can also expect to find a spare tire included with the Rogue as well.
Automatic halogen headlights are standard on all models, and buyers can upgrade to LED headlights on SL models. The Rogue also features LED daytime running lights and LED taillights. Foglights are found as standard equipment on SL models. Base S models feature black door handles, while SV and SL models come with chrome handles. These models also come standard with roof rails as well as side mirrors with integrated turn signals. A power liftgate that can be activated with your feet is standard on SV and SL models.
In regards to interior equipment, the Rogue comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support through a 7-inch touchscreen. Base models feature four speakers, SV models come with six, and SL models come with a Bose branded nine-speaker system. Base and SV models feature a rear-view camera, while SL models have a surround view camera setup. The SV and SL feature rear sonar parking sensors. The S model comes with a standard HVAC setup with air-conditioning, while the SV and SL feature dual-zone automatic climate control. Memory seats are available on the SV model and standard on the SL model.
Base S models feature six-way manual seats, while SV and SL models are 8-way power adjustable. Cloth upholstery is found on the S and SV models, while SL models get leather seats. The seats are heated in SV and SL models.
Finally, Nissan’s special ProPilot Assist system, which is a suite of drivers assistance technology and safety features, is optional on the Rogue SV but standard on SL models.
Nissan Rogue Pricing
There are many different configurations of the Nissan Rogue. Starting with the front-wheel-drive, non-hybrid models, you can expect to pay $26,065 including destination for the base S trim vehicle. The FWD SV model will cost $27,485 and a FWD SL model is offered for $32,535.
The all-wheel-drive, non-hybrid models start at $27,415 for base S trim models. The AWD SV model has a price tag of $28,835 while the SL model will cost $33,885.
The hybrid models come with front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. The most affordable hybrid is a front-wheel-drive SV model that starts at $28,745, while the FWD SL model will cost $32,685. All-wheel-drive Hybrid models start at $30,095 for SV trims, while the AWD SL model costs $34,035.
All models can be had with $395 premium paint finishes, while an $800 special edition package is only available for S models. Fog lights are an extra $315 for SV trimmed models, and SV buyers can also add a Sun and Sound Touring Package for $3,530 or a Premium Package for $1,800. Buyers of the SL model can get a $1,820 Premium Package and a $250 Platinum Reserve Interior.
Hybrid models are offered with the same extra paint options and fog lights for SV models. Hybrid SV models can opt for the $2,980 Premium Package, while SL Hybrids are offered with a $2,000 Premium package.
Nissan Rogue Competitors
The Nissan Rogue competes with other compact crossovers like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, Volkswagen Tiguan, Jeep Cherokee/Compass, Mitsubishi Outlander and more. The Rogue is one of the few vehicles in this class that can offer a hybrid option — just the Toyota RAV4 and Mitsubishi Outlander have hybrid versions.
Future Nissan Rogue Plans
The last time the Nissan Rogue was updated was in 2017. It’s fair to say that Nissan is likely going to bringing about a new generation Rogue within the next few years. It will likely follow in the Altima’s footsteps and offer a new VC turbo engine, that should provide more power and fuel efficiency. Additionally, the automaker could look into leveraging some of the technology from its successful Leaf EV into the next Rogue.
2019 Nissan Rogue Review
By Craig Cole
It’s nearly impossible to exaggerate the beauty of Yosemite National Park.
The nature reserve’s near-1,200 square miles were first set aside in 1864, carved out of the rugged countryside of central California for the use and enjoyment of everyone. The park’s towering peaks, thundering waterfalls, ancient sequoias, and expansive wilderness areas delight the outdoorsman or woman in us all.
El Capitan, Half Dome and Cathedral Peak are perhaps Yosemite’s most prominent formations, walls of stone seemingly thrust toward the heavens by unfathomable geological forces at work over untold millennia. Scattered amongst the mountain tops are breathtaking waterfalls, their discharge tumbling thousands of feet to the valley floor far below, dotting the weather-beaten cliffs with misty-white plumes.
Yosemite is a stunning backdrop for nearly any sort of event, from wedding parties to weekend getaways, though perhaps it’s not the best place to test drive a new car. Driving in the park is less than ideal as the speed limits are low, there’s congestion, roadwork, and an endless stream of pedestrians wandering with their mouths agape staring skyward at the mountains and trees. It’s also far too easy to be a distracted motorist, craning your neck to steal a glimpse of the surrounding terrain. Fortunately, the highways leading into and out of Yosemite are much-superior testing grounds.
What does any of this have to do with a Nissan Rogue? Well, truth be told, not much. But to showcase the versatility of its vehicles and demonstrate their family-friendly nature, the automaker invited AutoGuide.com to a small event in Yosemite. It was an opportunity for us to get a refresher on many of its vehicles and gain valuable experience in other areas, like towing.
Demonstrating its unexpected versatility, the Rogue tested here was fitted with an exceedingly cool Tepui-brand roof-mounted tent and a bicycle rack that attached to its trailer hitch. The former modification was a particularly intriguing bit of kit, expanding into an elevated, multi-person bedroom when it’s time to set up basecamp and folding away into a flattened slab about 18-inches high once you pack up and head out.
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OK, but now for some basics. The Rogue is Nissan’s hot-selling compact crossover, competing with vehicles like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester and Chevrolet Equinox. First introduced around 2007 and now in its second generation, this utility vehicle has rapidly become a cornerstone of the Japanese automaker’s lineup. For the past two model years, Rogue has been the Nissan brand’s best-selling nameplate in America, usurping the spot traditionally held by their Altima midsize sedan. Pushing ahead, it’s on track to steal the crown once again in 2019.
Staying Fresh and Keeping Pace
The current-generation Nissan Rogue was totally redesigned in 2014. Five turns of the calendar into its lifecycle and the vehicle is starting to show a few gray hairs. Keeping pace with the ever-improving competition, new features and amenities have been added for the latest model year.
Rogue is offered in three trim levels: S, SV and SL. Two flavors of hybrid model are also offered. Features like automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention, and automatic high beams are standard across the lineup. A NissanConnect infotainment system is included at no extra cost as well. It features a 7-inch touchscreen and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Midrange SV and range-topping SL models benefit from standard rear automatic emergency braking, a rear sonar system, and a motion-activated liftgate. Nissan’s innovative ProPILOT Assist adaptive cruise-control system with lane centering is standard on SL grades and available on SV versions.
As before, a Divide-N-Hide cargo organizer is standard. This nifty bit if engineering can be deployed in 18 different positions to provide the perfect storage solution for nearly any sort of cargo.
Under the Rogue’s hood, there’s not much news to report. The 2019 model is again hauled around by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. This engine’s output is competitive, though its refinement is, regrettably, not.
Rated at 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, the Rogue is far from the quickest vehicle available today, though its performance should be fine for most drivers. With three people on board, a stack of bricks in the form of that Tapui pop-up tent on the roof and a few bicycles in tow, the vehicle’s performance could have been better, at least while navigating some of the mountain roads driving out of Yosemite.
Lessening the overall experience, this engine is also gritty feeling and about as soothing to the ears as microphone feedback, grumbling under load. The heavily updated 2.5-liter four-cylinder found in Nissan’s new Altima sedan is not only slightly more powerful but orders of magnitude more refined. These two powerplants feel not merely a vehicle generation apart, rather an entire century. Hopefully, Nissan starts installing its new 2.5L in the Rogue at some point.
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The only transmission offered here is, again, an Xtronic continuously variable automatic. This unit tries to make good use of the Rogue’s available power but it’s not an ideal match. The transmission often feels like it’s slipping, sending the engine uncomfortably high in its rev range and holding it there when rapid acceleration is required.
Owners have a choice of powertrain configurations. They can get front- or all-wheel drive depending on their needs.
Despite its uncouth behavior, the Rogue’s powertrain is economical. Front-drive models sticker at 26 miles per gallon in the city (9.1 L/100 km), 33 highway (7.1 L/100 km) and 29 mpg combined (8.2 L/100 km). Four-corner power degrades each of those figures slightly, by one mpg around town and on the highway, and two on the combined cycle (9.6 L/100 km, 7.5 L/100 km, 8.7 L/100 km, respectively). This Nissan is similarly efficient compared to major rivals, trailing certain configurations of the RAV4 and CR-V by one or two miles per gallon depending on equipment.
A Familiar Interior
Inside, not much has changed. The Rogue’s cabin is reasonably pleasant, with mass-market décor. The materials used are largely workaday, but nothing is flagrantly cheap. At this point in its lifecycle, competing compact crossovers probably have an edge in this area, if only slightly. The overall layout of the Rogue’s controls also seems to work very well.
As for interior colors, you get a choice of either charcoal or almond. The highfalutin’ Platinum Reserve package, which is offered on SL models, adds lovely tan leather and trim to the charcoal cabin.
One standout part of the Rogue’s interior is its seats. Like other modern Nissans, the “Zero Gravity” front buckets are supremely comfortable, plenty supportive yet forgiving where you need a little extra padding.
The Rogue’s second-row bench is similarly spacious and comfortable. As in a theater or sports arena, the backseat is elevated slightly, meaning passengers sit a little higher off the floor than folks in the front buckets do. This improves both comfort and outward visibility, which is great when tooling around a place as beautiful as Yosemite, though views out of the available panoramic moonroof were totally occluded by the tent above.
Aside from its somewhat annoying engine, while underway the Rogue’s cabin stays quiet. The exterior accessories undoubtedly added a bit of added wind noise, though the vehicle was still impressively hushed.
Dynamically, this compact crossover is pleasant enough to drive, with a smooth ride and reasonably secure handling, though if there is one downside it’s the steering feel, which is too light and lacking in precision. It’s not that we expect the Rogue to handle like a Porsche 911, but a bit more sharpness would be appreciated.
2019 Nissan Rogue Pricing
The base price for an entry-level, front-wheel-drive Rogue S is less than $26,000. Grab a midrange SV model with all-wheel drive and the Sun and Sound Touring Package and you’ll check out for a little less than $33,000. Tack every available option onto an SL version and you’ll be spending a little more than $36,000. All the prices listed in this paragraph include $995 in destination charges.
Curiously, all-wheel drive is available with every trim level of Rogue, even on the hybrid variant. No matter the model, it adds a not-unreasonable $1,350 to the sticker price.
The Verdict: 2019 Nissan Rogue Review
The 2019 Rogue is not the freshest compact crossover on the market today, but there are several good reasons why it’s Nissan’s best-seller. It offers loads of features, is comfortable, has an extremely versatile cargo hold and is both affordable to purchase and economical to operate. Of course, its driving dynamics could stand to be honed, the interior would benefit from a little sprucing up and that powertrain should be updated, but these are hardly deal-breaking complaints.
|Engine /||2.5L 4-cylinder|
|Horsepower /||170 hp|
|Torque /||175 lb-ft|
|Cargo Capacity /||39.3 cu-ft / 70.0 cu-ft|
|Fuel Economy /||29 combined (FWD), 27 combined (AWD)|
Our Final Verdict
The Nissan Rogue is starting to show its age when compared to some of its competitors, but that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. The Rogue offers excellent value and affordable AWD along with a great suite of driver assistance and safety technology. Although its driving dynamics and style both inside and out are quite forgettable, the Rogue remains a popular choice because it’s priced much lower than many of its competitors.3