The word “Rogue” gets a lot of attention in the media. Like the “maverick” is often used flatly to describe someone who opposes the convention to forge his own path. Though you can surely praise Nissan for smartly tapping this theme, the 2018 Nissan Rogue is not that kind of car.
This is a common choice for small crossovers that you will find in showrooms. There are many factors that favor why Nissan sells many of these vehicles. The cabins and seat are very comfortable, as well as utilities and cargo space. Luxury materials and interior design make the cabin feel classy. And the 2018 Nissan Rogue ability to accommodate up to seven passengers provides an important advantage among compact crossovers. 70 cubic feet of cargo space also makes it one of the most versatile small SUV in the class.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Nissan Rogue is a small crossover SUV offered in three trim levels: S, SV and SL. The Rogue Sport model is reviewed separately.
[Also read the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Specs]
Standard features on the base S trims include 17-inch steel wheels, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, slide and recline 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, Bluetooth, a four-speaker CD player with dual USB inputs and satellite radio.
The SV trim adds keyless entry, 17-inch alloy wheels, a power liftgate, roof rails, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver seat, heated front seats and a six-speaker audio system.
The optional Midnight Edition styling package for the SV includes blacked-out body elements such as 17-inch wheels, roof rails and mirror caps.
The 2018 Nissan Rogue SL adds 18-inch wheels, foglights, automatic high beams, driver-seat memory settings, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, a navigation system, a surround-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and intervention, NissanConnect emergency and a nine-speaker Bose audio system with HD radio.
Some of the SL features are available as part of the Premium or Sun and Sound Touring packages for the SV trim. The Platinum package for the SL adds an electronic parking brake, 19-inch wheels, Quilted tan leather upholstery and the ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving features. Other options include LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof (available for the SV).
Another add-on includes a third row of seats for S and SV trims.
Powering the 2018 Nissan Rogue is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is available as an option.
In performance testing, the 2018 Nissan Rogue SL with AWD accelerates from zero 60 mph in slow 9.3 seconds. The EPA estimates fuel economy is impressive. The front-wheel-drive return 29 mpg combined (26 city/33 highway), while all-wheel-drive return 27 mpg combined (25 city/32 highway).
Available only for the SL and SV trims is Rogue Hybrid, which powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor. Together this combination produces total output 176 and is offered in front or all-wheel drive. EPA fuel economy for the FWD stands at 34 mpg combined (33 city/35 highway) and (33/31/34) for the AWD.
One of the 2018 Nissan Rogue’s main strength is the interior. There are many soft touches, padded armrests and a nice and elegant dashboard layout. Like the Altima sedan, Nissan says that Rogue’s front seats are inspired by NASA Zero Gravity design, and they are quite comfortable, though the front leg space is inadequate for higher drivers. Unfortunately, the 2018 Nissan Rogue rear visibility is disrupted, making it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces. Standard rearview camera will be as helpful as the Around View system.
The 40/20/40-split folding rear seats offer greater flexibility and can be shifted 9 inches forward / backward, with a reclining backrest for further comfort and adjustability. Unfortunately, the optional third row seat is narrow and suitable only for small children. With a comparable sized crossover, the third row gives the 2018 Nissan Rogue a direct advantage over competitors.
If you choose a standard two-row configuration, you’ll enjoy a handy cargo space, with a cargo area that can be set up with storage compartments, multi-storey shelves and 18 different cargo configurations. The cargo space dropped to 9.4 cubic feet with the third row seat, but both rows of rear seats can be folded flat to open cargo capacity to 70 cubic feet. The 2018 Nissan Rogue is one of the vehicles with the largest cargo space you’ll find in this class. A flat folding front passenger seat lets you load a long item and can still close the liftgate.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Nissan Rogue is on sale and arriving at US dealers nationwide. Official pricing for the S trim starts at $24,680. At the top of the range, the Rogue SL priced at 32,410. See complete list price below.