The Nissan Rogue Sport is a compact crossover that slots under the automaker’s well-known Rogue, but is more compact inside of and out—as well as less highly-priced.
With the Rogue Sport, Nissan is introducing neither an all-new design nor a sportier variant of the present Rogue. In its place, it’s a model of the five-seat Nissan Qashqai (“KASH-kye”) offered all-around the entire world, up-to-date for North America (but offered in Canada as the Qashqai).
The Rogue Sport for the U.S. is constructed in Japan, when the larger, five- or seven-seat Rogue crossovers are assembled in Tennessee.
Much more: Read our 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport assessment
The Rogue Sport enters an ever more aggressive crossover section with trim dimensions—it’s a foot shorter than the Rogue—that break up the change amongst genuinely pint-measurement crossovers like the Chevrolet Trax and bigger (but however compact) versions like the Ford Escape. Technically, the Rogue and the Rogue Sport share underpinnings, but the Sport rides on a shorter wheelbase and has a significantly shorter rear overhang (and, subsequently, less rear cargo volume).
Primarily at the front, the Rogue Sport shares some of the larger Rogue’s styling touches, together with a V-shaped grille flanked by headlamps with common LED running lights. Base versions arrive with 16-inch steel wheels and hubcaps, but larger alloy wheels are readily available. The Rogue Sport’s interior is lifted nearly wholesale from the larger Rogue, but there’s less rear-seat space and the cargo region is decidedly much more compact right until the next row of seats is folded.
The Rogue Sport is only presented as a five-seater, which is to be envisioned from its smaller measurement. Its one powertrain pairs a 2.-liter 4-cylinder rated at 141 horsepower and 147 pound-toes of torque with a continually variable transmission. Front-wheel drive is common, with all-wheel drive readily available as an solution on each of the a few trim amounts. The dealing with is typical for a smaller crossover, and acceleration is on the slow aspect, belying the “Sport” in the model’s title.
It’s barely an off-roader, possibly, so really do not check out it as a alternative for the now-departed Nissan Xterra. In its place, with car-like suspension and a quite small roof line—the bigger Rogue is thoroughly 6 inches taller—the Rogue Sport is a metropolis-slicker crossover for prospective buyers who want a superior seating situation and the means to haul boxier items than will in shape into a sedan. All-wheel drive will enchantment to all those in wintry climates.
For 2018, the Rogue Sport is presented in S, SV, and SL trim amounts. All arrive common with power windows and locks plus an audio process with Bluetooth streaming and a backup digicam. Increased-spec versions acquire things like heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power driver’s seat, a moonroof, and a premium audio process with a 7.-inch infotainment touchscreen.
On the safety front, the Rogue Sport will be readily available with a encompass-check out digicam process that shows a 360-degree overview of the vehicle. In addition, a variety of of the most up-to-date lively-safety solutions are readily available. They include things like adaptive cruise command, automatic crisis braking with pedestrian detection, ahead-collision warn, rear cross-site visitors warn, and lane-depature warning. The full suite of lively-safety techniques is only presented on the Rogue Sport SL, even so, the quite greatest trim degree. The mid-grade trim, regarded as SV, presents just a subset, and the several prospective buyers who opt for the spartan Rogue S are entirely out of luck.