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2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Review, Specs, Price and Release Date

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Review, Specs, Price and Release Date – Nissan’s Rogue Sport is a subcompact-crossover standout, and the 2018 version is safer, too

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport different?

Autonomous emergency braking as standard equipment on all trim levels stands out as the key 2018 update for Nissan’s likable subcompact crossover. The trucker aid – a prerequisite for top safety ratings – was an extra-cost option available only within the Rogue Sport’s most valuable version for 2017. Otherwise, this surprisingly roomy five-seater will return little-altered, again vying with names like the Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V, and Chevrolet Trax for young urbanites hopping aboard the crossover bandwagon.

Styled — to its credit — similar to a scaled-down version of Nissan’s popular Rogue compact crossover, the 2018 Rogue Sport reprises three trim levels: base S, volume-selling SV, and top-trim SL. All share a four-cylinder engine and they are again provided by front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (AWD). Distinguished by a fashionable feel inside and outside, the Rogue Sport’s model-year 2017 introduction made Nissan the only automaker with two entries while in the burgeoning subcompact-crossover category. Nissan helped ignite the category while using the model-year 2011 introduction on the Juke, a much smaller and a lot more flamboyant crossover. The greater conservative Rogue Sport is definitely an Americanized version on the second-generation Nissan Qashqai, which took sale in overseas markets for 2014.

Why should I wait for the 2018?

For getting autonomous emergency braking without extra for it. The feature uses radar to sense an impending collision with a car or pedestrian in front. It first alerts power, then automatically applies the brakes to relieve speed and, as appropriate, to bring the Rogue Sport to a stop. Nissan calls it Automatic Emergency Braking and is defining it as standard for 2018 on nearly all versions of every car and crossover it sells while in the U.S. To the 2017 Rogue Sport, automatic braking was available only within the SL model and only in the $570 Platinum Package or $2,280 Premium Package. Other driver aids, just like blind-sport warning with rear cross-traffic alert, will probably remain optional for 2018 on almost the Rogue Sport S model.

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport dashboard

Addition of autonomous emergency braking as standard will more than likely promote modest 2018 price hikes of what otherwise would have been a rerun on the 2017 Rogue Sport. Expect maybe a new color choice or two, but no deviation from the basic formula of upscale looks and upmarket décor. By naming U.S. versions of that newest crossover the Rogue Sport, Nissan leverages good will for this larger Rogue, a sales hit since its model-year 2014 redesign. And defining it as look similar to a downsized Rogue creates a handsome alternative inside of a class characterized because of the mass-market traditional (Trax, CX-3, HR-V, Fiat 500X,) the jerrycan-quirky (Renegade, Subaru Crosstrek), the awkwardly proportioned (Ford EcoSport, Mini Countryman), along with the attention-desperate (Toyota C-HR, Hyundai Kona, Juke).

Should I buy a 2017 Model Instead ?

Yes, if you are planning to spring for the complete suite of available safety items. If you’re not, wait for’18 Rogue Sport to obtain autonomous emergency braking although any girl afford is the entry-level S model. Getting a’17 you will save a couple of dollars within the base price, too, but you’ll receive the same design formula Nissan will retain for the’18 Rogue Sport.

This crossover’s relationship to your larger Rogue is above skin deep. The 2 main share a fundamental understructure, the so-called Common Modular Family (CMF) platform utilized by Nissan as well as French partner, Renault. Here, it’s reduce to subcompact size, trimming from the Rogue 2.3 inches of wheelbase (the span between the front and back axles), 12.1 inches of body length, 5.6 inches of height, and some 215 pounds of curb weight. It’s virtually the same width since the Rogue, but has 28 percent less cargo volume behind a back corner seat and 12.7 percent less overall. The shorter wheelbase nets 4.5 fewer inches of rear legroom, along with the Rogue Sport isn’t available while using the toddler-suitable third-row seat optional while in the Rogue. Not surprisingly, the Rogue Sport is cheaper, having a projected model-year’18 base-price selection of $22,880-$28,880, versus the Rogue’s projected $25,260-$32,750.

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Styling

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport rear seats

No. It’ll again look just like the Rogue that you might need to visit them alongside for the main difference in proportion to get apparent. This is a relatively handsome visage, with similarly curvy body sides, look-alike grilles, even the same available 19-inch alloy wheels. All’18 Rogue Sports will retain LED daytime running lights and taillamps, with visual differences between trim levels relatively minor. Expect the S model to stick to 16-inch steel wheels with plastic wheel covers as standard, although the SV upgrades to 17-inch alloys, plus roof rails and outside mirrors with LED turn signals. The’18 SL will more than likely again expand that with fog lamps and 19-inch alloys.

Inside, all 2018 Rogue Sports will again share a classy flat-bottom leader with leather covering standard within the SL and optional for the SV. Leather upholstery will continue to be limited to the SL, where it’ll again be standard. Expect S and SV to retain a typical 5-inch central dashboard infotainment screen. A 7-inch display will again be in addition to the embedded navigation system that’ll remain standard within the SL and optional for the SV. It’s a comfortable cabin, with materials that feel upscale for the segment, particularly in SL trim. Front-seat room is good. The spine seat will easily accommodate two adults (thanks, Nissan, for the substantial center armrest), but rear legroom gets tight if the leading seats tend to be than halfway back. And doorways very narrow at the bottom compel rear passengers into ankle contortions when exiting.

Any mechanical changes?


No. Nissan may well be considering a gas-electric hybrid iteration for some future model-year, even so the’18 Rogue Sport will stick using the 2017 model’s sole powertrain. It’ll mate a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine using the automaker’s ubiquitous continuously variable transmission (CVT). At 141 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque, output will again be middling, even a segment that prioritizes economy over acceleration. A CVT does the work of a normal automatic transmission, but without stepped gear ratios. Here, Nissan uses sportier calibrations compared to the Rogue, even replicating the “shift points” of a normal automatic transmission. Still, pickup ‘s best referred to as adequate, and you will find yourself flooring the throttle when merging onto a fast-moving freeway or attempting to pass on a two-lane road.

Slightly over half of Rogue Sport buyers opt for AWD, and they’re going to again get yourself a crossover-traditional system that normally operates in front-wheel drive and shuffles chance to the rear wheels to quell front-tire slip. It’s a guide in snow or on gravel, but despite a generous-for-the class 7.4 inches of ground clearance, the’18 Rogue Sport will not suited legitimate off-roading. It will eventually continue to deal with with friendly confidence, thanks in large measure to arsenic intoxication a completely independent rear suspension. It’s only one of six vehicles in its 13-member competitive set to boast that feature; not maybe the Juke has a completely independent rear suspsenion. The relatively sophisticated underpinnings give rise to fine ride quality, as well. Merely a darty feel to steering inputs at highway speed detracts from otherwise impressive road manners.

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Fuel Economy

Given no powertrain changes, highly unlikely. EPA ratings for the 2018 Rogue Sport wasn’t released on time due to this review, but expect these phones repeat the 2017 numbers: 25/32/28 mpg city/highway/combined with front-wheel drive and 24/30/27 with AWD.

Those ratings would again be around par for the subcompact-crossover class, although they would don’t succeed of such earned through the larger, heavier, and much stronger Rogue. Its gas-only version, that’s 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, rated 26/33/29 with front-drive and 25/32/28 with AWD for 2017. (Rogue’s gas-electric hybrid model rated 33/35/34 and 31/34/33, respectively). Nissan cites the sporty CVT calibrations designed to further improve the Rogue Sport’s sportier character, and in addition notes that the smaller crossover is not as aerodynamic since its larger cousin.

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Features

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport trunk

Other than autonomous emergency braking as standard equipment, probably not. The Rogue Sport launched as being a smartly equipped subcompact crossover, plus the SL model in particular should return for’18 with plenty upscale features to sate most any tech- and style-conscious young couple. All purchases feature satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity and support Siri Eyes Free. Also aboard for’18 are going to be Nissan’s handy Easy Fill Tire alert that toots the horn when you have pumped a tire to the right inflation.

SV models will again build on the S, including as standard keyless entry with pushbutton ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, an energy driver’s seat, and Nissan’s nifty Divide-N-Hide cargo-floor-panel system. As well as aforementioned features, including embedded navigation, expect the 2018 Rogue Sport SL to again include remote engine start, heated front seats and leader, and Nissan’s Around View Monitor that aids close-quarters maneuvering by projecting a bird’s-eye image within the dashboard screen.


On the safety front, expect some features to be optional within the SV and SL and unavailable within the S. Included in this are blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert for the SV, and for the SL, those aids, plus lane-departing warning and automatic lane-maintaining steering. Autonomous emergency braking is actually a prerequisite for the industry’s most coveted safety award, Top Safety Pick+ status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Top-trim Rogue SLs models pre-loaded with it – together with with LED headlamps – merit the award. The IIHS hadn’t tested a Rogue Sport on time due to this review, even so the SL, the only model available with LED headlamps, would likely be really the only 2018 version to qualify. As of this review, the Mazda CX-3 was the Rogue Sport’s only direct competitor with Top Safety Pick+ status.

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Prices

They’ll increase, affected by the newly standard autonomous emergency braking and normal model-year price inflation. Still, expect the’18 Rogue Sport to again be among greater affordable subcompact crossovers. (Note that estimated base prices with this review include Nissan’s destination fee, that was $960 for that 2017 Rogue Sport.)

Estimated base price for the 2018 Rogue Sport S is $33,880 with front-wheel drive and $234,230 with AWD. For your’18 Rogue Sport SV, it’s $24,480 with front-drive and $25,830 with AWD. And for the’18 Rogue Sport SL, it’s approximately $27,530 with front-drive and $28,880 with AWD.

Among key returning options, hunt for the S model’s Appearance Package to again include 17-inch alloy wheels approximately $570. Expect the SV All-Weather Package to again include heated front seats and mirrors and a leather-wrapped heated tyre, plus remote engine start and fog lamps, approximately $920. For model-year’17, the All-Weather Package was essential to order an SV with embedded navigation and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, that have been area of the $1,500 Premium Package.

The only way to obtain a 2017 Rogue Sport with autonomous emergency braking ended up being equip an SL while using the $570 Platinum Package or maybe the $2,280 Premium Package. Just like the Platinum, the Premium package included all the available security measures, plus an influence moonroof and LED headlamps.

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport rear exterior


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