In the 2019 Nissan Rogue, you’ll find a compact crossover with sporty good looks, a versatile interior, loads of cool tech and safety features, along with some of the best fuel economy numbers in its class. From its EZ Flex seating to its hybrid engine option, the Rogue is all about satisfying specific needs unique to each buyer. Although not the most powerful compact SUV out there, what the Rogue lacks in muscle it more than makes up for in fuel economy, earning an estimated 33 miles per gallon on the highway when equipped with front-wheel drive. The Rogue offers numerous desirable options such as a 360-degree Around View Monitor as well as a robust suite of standard driver-assist features and collision-avoidance systems. Buyers will also appreciate features like the available Bose audio system and panoramic sunroof.
The Rogue still has some shortcomings worth noting. The Ford Escape, for instance, offers two powerful turbocharged engine options and better handling, while the Hyundai Santa Fe offers turbocharged and diesel engine options, as well as a longer standard warranty. The Subaru Forester offers an advanced all-wheel-drive system as standard and holds better resale values, while the Toyota RAV4 offers more power, a more rugged look and better off-road ability.
What’s New for 2019?
For 2019, the Rogue gains new standard driver assists including lane-departure warning and intervention, automatic emergency braking, Rear Door Alert (reminds the driver to check the back seat before exiting the vehicle) and auto high beams. Rear automatic braking and a rear back up sonar warning system is made standard on SV and SL, while the S and SV grades again new option packages. Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist is now standard on SL and available on the SV.
What We Like
Handsome styling; competitive pricing; a lot of available technology; versatile cargo area; hybrid model
What We Don’t
Could do with more power under the hood; not as sporty as a Mazda CX-5 or Ford Escape; not very off-road capable
$25,795 — $36,000
The 2019 Rogue is offered with two powertrain choices. A 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is standard and is connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel economy stands at 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for the FWD base model or 25 mpg city/32 mpg hwy with AWD.
The Rogue Hybrid offers a 141-hp 2.0-liter gasoline engine paired with a 30 kW electric motor (40 hp) for a combined output of 175 hp. The Rogue Hybrid’s fuel economy is an estimated 33 mpg city/35 mpg hwy for front-drive models and 31 mpg city/34 mpg hwy when equipped with AWD.
Standard Features & Options
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 ($25,795, FWD), ($27,145 AWD) will have a 7-in 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, SiriusXM, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port for music. Standard driver assists includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, auto high beams and Rear Door Alert.
Next up is the Rogue SV ($27,215, FWD), ($28,565, 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, two additional speakers, automatic headlights and tinted windows. Rear automatic braking and rear sonar assist are also standard.
Finally, there’s the Rogue SL ($32,385, FWD), ($33,735, AWD), which adds a Bose sound system, leather upholstery, Nissan’s NissanConnect infotainment system with navigation, Siri Eyes Free, NissanConnect emergency services, heated seats, 18-in wheels, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, ProPILOT Assist and Nissan’s Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, which provides a full image around the vehicle when reversing.
Hybrid models are offered in SV ($28,595, FWD), ($29,945, AWD) and SL ($32,535, FWD), ($33,885, AWD) trims and feature the same equipment as their non-hybrid 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, electric parking brake, ProPILOT Assist, 18-in alloy wheels and a heated steering wheel. The SV Premium package adds navigation, the Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, electric parking brake, 18-in alloy wheels, a heated steering wheel and ProPILOT Assist. The SL Platinum package adds a panoramic moonroof and LED headlights, while the Platinum Reserve Interior package adds premium tan leather seating surfaces with quilted inserts.
The 2019 Nissan Rogue comes standard with a long list of safety equipment, including 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, side-curtain airbags, a reversing camera, a blind spot monitoring system, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, traction control and daytime running lights. Also standard are auto high beams and Rear Door Alert. Options include automatic headlights, Nissan’s helpful Around View Monitor, Moving Object Detection and high-speed steering and lane-keeping assist.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Rogue four out of five stars in its overall crash-test evaluation, with four stars in the front crash test, five in the side-impact test and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2019 Rogue its highest rating of “good” in every crash-test category, “superior” in the crash avoidance and mitigation test and a Top Safety Pick+ status.
Behind the Wheel
On the road, the Rogue quickly impresses. While noise from the CVT and pavement can be a bit obvious, such complaints are forgotten when you consider the Rogue’s smooth ride, easy maneuverability and good visibility. While those traits won’t win the Rogue any awards for excitement, they’re among the most important when you’re searching for a compact SUV. Also excellent is its interior room and cargo space.
Inside the Rogue, the interior materials certainly impress. While most rivals don’t bother to conceal inexpensive touches, the Rogue offers high-end stitching and leather where you might expect to find plastic. That’s even true on the base-level Rogue S, which certainly boasts a higher-quality interior than entry-level versions of most rival small crossovers.
Our biggest complaint behind the wheel? The Rogue should simply be faster, and that’s not just the opinion of a car enthusiast who enjoys strong acceleration. Today’s Rogue is significantly larger than the original, and that version never really felt spry. A V6, such as Nissan’s excellent 3.5-liter unit found in the Pathfinder, would do wonders, but Nissan may worry that drivers would never consider the Pathfinder if the Rogue offered such an engine. The Sentra SR’s 1.6-liter turbo might be another choice, but we’ll just have to wait another year to see if either option materializes.
Other Cars to Consider
2019 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.
2019 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.
2019 Toyota RAV4 — The new RAV4 is larger and more powerful than the Rogue, and it offers an Adventure grade for real off-road adventuring. The RAV4 Hybrid is more powerful and fuel-efficient than the Rogue Hybrid, but Toyota doesn’t yet support Android Auto.
Used Subaru Outback — A used 2010 — 2016 Subaru Outback provides a larger rear seat, standard AWD and a choice between a 4- or 6-cylinder engine. Later models also offer Subaru’s EyeSight collision-mitigation system.
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 big jump in price.