IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:
The Nissan Rogue Sport takes all the winning traits of its compact Nissan Rogue sibling and condenses them down into a nicely executed subcompact SUV.
Acceleration is only so-so, and fuel economy isn’t outstanding for the class, either.
Since 2014, Nissan has sold the Rogue Sport in other global markets as the Qashqai.
WHAT IS IT?
The Rogue Sport is the larger of Nissan’s two subcompact SUVs; it slots below the compact Rogue in Nissan’s lineup, but it is notably larger than most entries in the subcompact SUV class (such as Nissan’s own Kicks). The Rogue Sport’s sole powertrain is a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with a CVT automatic transmission. Trim levels ascend through S, SV, and SL models, all of which are available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Standard features on the topline SL model include heated front seats, leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, and 19-inch alloy wheels. A forward collision warning and mitigation system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, rear automatic braking, and high-beam assist are now standard on S models as well as SVs and SLs. Available “Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield” technologies include adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree around-view monitor with moving object detection, as well as Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist technology—a driver-assist system that pairs adaptive-cruise-control functionality with automatic lane-centering steering assist.
The Rogue Sport gets a styling refresh that includes a new front fascia, new headlights and taillights, restyled 19-inch wheels, and two new colors (Nitro Lime Metallic and Monarch Orange Metallic).
The EPA rates the Rogue Sport at 25 mpg city/32 highway with front-wheel drive and 24/30 with all-wheel drive. In Consumer Guide® testing, an all-wheel-drive SL averaged 25.2 mpg in 80-percent city driving.
VALUE IN CLASS
The Rogue Sport is a bit larger all-around than most of its class competitors, and it offers a bit more passenger and cargo room inside while remaining especially easy to maneuver and park in cramped urban areas. The acceleration is somewhat tepid, and fuel economy is nothing to write home about either (the Rogue Sport’s EPA ratings are actually a bit less than those of the larger Nissan Rogue). Still, the Rogue Sport has a pleasant ride, a likable driving personality, a nicely finished interior, lots of desirable available features, and excellent overall appeal.