What Is It?
Nissan’s growing SUV lineup is now adding a new model: the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, a smaller sibling to Nissan’s compact Rogue crossover. Dubbed the Qashqai in foreign markets, the Rogue Sport is a full foot shorter than the Rogue, placing it on the brink of the new and highly popular subcompact-crossover segment.
On the outside, the Rogue Sport looks a lot like the Rogue — except, well, shortened. It uses the same front grille and rear end, and it has a largely similar overall profile. Inside, too, the Rogue Sport looks familiar to its larger brother, sharing the same overall look for its dashboard and center control stack. Naturally, however, the Rogue Sport will offer less overall space: While Nissan hasn’t announced full interior dimensions, the Rogue Sport’s 61 cu ft. of cargo volume falls short of the Rogue’s 70 cu ft. The Rogue Sport also won’t offer the third-row seat you can get in the larger Rogue.
The Rogue Sport also offers a smaller powertrain than the Rogue. While the Rogue boasts a 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, the new Rogue Sport makes do with a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder mated solely to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. The Rogue Sport uses Nissan’s familiar S, SV and SL trim levels, along with a long list of high-end safety technology like a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control and an automated braking system.
Nissan hasn’t yet announced pricing — but given the Rogue’s base price of $24,800 with shipping, there’s no doubt it’ll slot below that figure.
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Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
The compact-crossover segment is blossoming, and the Rogue Sport provides yet another choice for drivers who want a small car with a taller driving position. More importantly, the Rogue Sport seems to provide a wide spectrum of options for shoppers of all budgets, as top-end versions will include upscale features like a 360-degree camera system and a heated steering wheel. Of course, like most of its rivals, the Rogue Sport is also likely to offer impressive gas mileage.
Other Cars to Consider
2017 Chevy Trax — The Chevy Trax is smaller than the Rogue Sport, but some car shoppers may prefer that, as it offers excellent maneuverability and gives drivers the chance to squeeze into some tight parking spots.
2017 FIAT 500X — The subcompact FIAT 500X crossover boasts a unique look that may lure away shoppers from the more traditionally styled Rogue Sport. It also offers a slightly more engaging driving experience than rivals.
2017 Honda HR-V — The current standard-bearer in the subcompact-crossover segment is the Honda HR-V, which replicates much of the popular CR-V’s charm on a smaller scale. It touts excellent gas mileage, strong reliability and lots of available equipment.
Used Nissan Rogue — Of course, if you like the idea of the Rogue Sport but need more room, you’ll probably want to consider a larger Rogue. While Rogue prices will be higher than Rogue Sport figures, a used model — even only one or two years old — is likely to cost about the same.