Handsome styling; competitive pricing; a lot of available technology; versatile cargo area; hybrid model
Could do with more power under the hood; not as sporty as a Mazda CX-5 or Ford Escape; advanced driver-assist features only offered on most expensive trim
For 2018, the Rogue gains Nissan's ProPILOT Assist option on the SL trim. The system works to assist the driver with steering, brake and throttle inputs under certain driving conditions on single-lane roads and is the precursor to the autonomous driving cars of the future. NissanConnect gains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, while a motion-activated lift gate is added to the SV grade. Adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and assist and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection is added the SL grade.See the 2018 Nissan Rogue models for sale near you
The Rogue is an excellent compact SUV, and it's hard to go wrong with any of its appealing trim levels. Our favorite is a Rogue SV with some options. The upscale SL includes a few too many features that aren't necessary, and with those features comes a huge jump in price. However, the SL is the only way to get the most advanced driver-safety features.
The Rogue is offered in three trim levels. There's a base-level model called the Rogue S, a midlevel Rogue SV and an upscale Rogue SL. Hybrid models are offered in SV and SL grades.
Shoppers who pick the Rogue S ($25,655, FWD), ($27,005 AWD) will have a 5-inch touchscreen display, power accessories, Bluetooth, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, NissanConnect with mobile apps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, cruise control, air conditioning, a rearview camera and an AM/FM stereo with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and a USB port for music. Standard safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Next up is the Rogue SV ($26,875, FWD), ($28,225, AWD), which adds dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-in alloy wheels, keyless access with push-button start, a power driver's seat with power lumbar support, a motion-activated power rear liftgate, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, remote start satellite radio, an improved sound system, automatic headlights and tinted windows.
Finally, there's the Rogue SL ($32,035, FWD), ($33,385, AWD), which adds a Bose sound system, leather upholstery, Nissan's NissanConnect infotainment system with navigation, Siri Eyes Free, NissanConnect emergency services, auto high-beam headlights, a larger touchscreen, heated seats, 18-in wheels, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel and Nissan's Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, which provides a full image around the vehicle when reversing. Standard safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning and prevention.
Hybrid models are offered in SV and SL trims and feature the same equipment as their nonhybrid counterparts, plus gauges for hybrid readouts, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, additional storage space and a sound generator for when driving in EV mode.
Major options are bundled into packages. The SV trim offers the Sun and Touring package that adds a panoramic moonroof, Bose audio, navigation, the Around View Monitor, adaptive cruise control and a heated steering wheel. The SV Premium package adds navigation, the Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, adaptive cruise control and a heated steering wheel. The SL Platinum package adds an electric parking brake, 19-in alloy wheels, Nissan's ProPILOT steering assist with adaptive cruise control and full-speed range and hold.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2018 Ford Escape -- Among the Rogue's best rivals, the Escape boasts a version for everyone. There's a standard model, a fuel-saving model and a more powerful model. The Escape's interior is among the nicer in the segment, though the Rogue boasts a larger cabin.
2018 Honda CR-V -- The CR-V remains the gold standard for compact SUVs and offers more hp than the Rogue, plus standard safety features such as collision-mitigation braking. However, the CR-V doesn't offer a high-end audio option or panoramic sunroof.
2018 Toyota RAV4 -- The RAV4 comes standard with a number of driver-assist systems unavailable on the base and midlevel Rogue trims. The RAV4 also offers about the same power and fuel economy, as well as a hybrid model. But the RAV4 isn't as nice inside nor is its optional feature set as robust.
Used Subaru Outback -- A used 2010-2016 Subaru Outback provides a larger rear seat, standard all-wheel drive and a choice between a 4- or 6-cylinder engine. Later models also offer Subaru's EyeSight collision-mitigation system.