The Nissan Rogue is an affordable, cute and efficient crossover SUV. It offers generous cargo space, seats five passengers and has a lower profile than its counterpart. It offers plenty of driver assistance and innovative tech features, which helps it to stand out in its class. Its cabin is serene and quiet, offers a good fuel economy and its interior is quite comfortable. If a smooth ride and plenty of cargo space are high on your priority list, then you should check out the Nissan Rogue Sport.

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Performance and Handling

The Nissan Rogue Sport comes with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, which has an output of 141 hp, mated to a continuously variable transmission, which works like an automatic transmission. Its powertrain operates smoothly, even under heavy acceleration. Front-wheel drive comes standard for all the trims while all-wheel drive is optional. As much as the Nissan Rogue Sport is classified as a crossover SUV, it handles like a smaller car. It has good maneuverability, poised handling around turns and its ride is comfortable and highly responsive. Front-wheel variants deliver a fuel economy of 32 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city while the all-wheel models deliver a return of 30 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg in the city. Its fuel economy is average in its class.

Interior and Comfort

If you are looking for a subcompact SUV that comes with a high-quality interior, then you can never go wrong with the Nissan Rogue Sport. Its cabin features premium quality materials, instead of the hard plastics that you will find in most of the other cars in its class. In its basic configuration, the Rogue Sport can comfortable accommodate five passengers. Cloth upholstery comes standard while leather upholstery is optional. It's equipped with 22.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which you can increase to 61.1 cubic feet when you fold the rear seats. Its cargo space is one of the largest in its class. There is also the available Divide-N-Hide cargo system, which provides discrete and separate storage beneath the trunk floor.

Trim Levels and Features

The Nissan Rogue Sport is available in 3 trim levels: S, SV, and SL. If you purchase the S trim, then you might not get a lot of features. However, the SV and SL get some nice upgrades. It's also important to note that the Nissan Rogue Sport was launched in the 2017 model year. Therefore, standard features might vary slightly, based on when the vehicle you intend to purchase was built.

Standard features for the base S model include cruise control, 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, 60/40 split-folding, sliding and reclining rear seats, and cloth upholstery. Other standard features in this trim include a five-inch infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, and Siri Eyes Free. You will also get a 4-speaker CD player, featuring satellite radio and a USB port. Optional upgrades in this trim include 17-inch wheels and most of the features that come standard with the SL trim.

The SV adds various standard features like roof rails, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a cargo management system, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6-speaker audio system, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. The SL model adds fog lights, 19-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, leather upholstery, remote start, heated front seats, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. Other standard features in this trim variant include a seven-inch touchscreen and a navigation system. LED headlights and a sunroof are available for this trim.

The SV trim offers the best value for money, compared to the other two trims. It features an upgraded infotainment system, push-button start, and several interior comforts. You can also equip it with extra upgrades like a surround-view parking camera system, a seven-inch touchscreen, as well as navigation. And instead of the larger 19-inch alloy wheels found in the SL trim, the SV trim features 17-inch alloy wheels that improve its ride quality considerably.

New Vs. Used Nissan Rogue Sport

The New Nissan Rogue Sport comes standard with a rear-seat reminder as well as an exclusive Divide-N-Hide cargo system. It's also equipped with a modern infotainment system, featuring a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and satellite radio. Available features for the 2019 model include adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. There are no major differences between the premier 2017 model and the 2018 version. If you opt for a used Nissan Rogue Sport, then you should buy the 2017 model. Apart from costing you less, you will not sacrifice any key features.

Final Thoughts

The Nissan Rogue Sport is a comfortable family vehicle and an efficient daily commuter. It's easy to drive, has good fuel economy and it's competitively priced. As much as it might not be as fast as some of its competitors, it remains an efficient and capable vehicle that offers great passenger comfort, a smooth ride, and great fuel economy.

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