The Nissan Rogue Sport crossover is small, attractive, and relatively cheap. Despite sharing a name with the larger Rogue, the Rogue Sport is a completely different vehicle. It's the least expensive vehicle in Nissan's portfolio with optional all-wheel drive. What it doesn't offer, despite its name, is a sporty driving experience, and it can get surprisingly pricey if a buyer isn't careful with options. What's new for 2019? Nissan added its new Rear Door Alert technology, which activates the horn and other notifications when the system detects the rear door opened before the engine started but wasn't re-opened after shutting down. Also standard are a rearview monitor, a Bluetooth phone and infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus an available nine-speaker Bose audio system. There's a new color option and the expanded availability of its ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving and Safety Shield 360 safety technologies. And finally, there's a new exterior color, Scarlet Ember Tintcoat, added to the list of choices. What's the interior and in-car technology like? The Rogue Sport is a pretty nice place from which to watch the miles pass by. You probably wouldn't want to spend a lot of time in the rear seat, but it's roomier than a lot of the competition, and both front seats are cozy. The optional leather seats look and feel nicer than you'd expect for a vehicle in this class. The thick, flat-bottomed steering wheel feels good to hold, and helps add a little to the perception of sportiness. Some of the controls seem cheap, and some switches are oddly placed and hard to reach, like the heated steering wheel button that's hidden near the driver's left knee. A 7.0-inch infotainment system is standard and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is great. How big is it? The Rogue Sport is of average size for a subcompact crossover, but that still means it's pretty small overall. It slides in between the smaller Kicks and larger Rogue in Nissan's lineup. So, as you'd expect, it's a couple of inches longer and wider than the Kicks in every meaningful exterior dimension, and it therefore boasts a roomier cabin. But it's not the biggest vehicle in its segment. The Honda HR-V offers considerably more rear legroom, for instance. The cargo area, at 22.9 cubic feet behind the second row, is average for this class. It holds plenty of grocery bags, and it has a couple of nifty under-floor "divide and hide" compartments. Practically speaking, there's enough room in the cargo area for two people's worth of luggage for a weekend getaway, but families with children may find its size limiting. What's the performance and fuel economy? The Rogue Sport makes just 141 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque from its 2.0-liter four. And it has a CVT. So the "Sport" moniker pertains to nothing performance-related, just its diminutive size and zippy color choices like Monarch Orange or Nitro Lime. All-wheel drive is optional, and its added heft does …
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|MPG||25 City / 32 Hwy|
|Transmission||Xtronic 2-spd CVT w/OD|
|Power||141 @ 6000 rpm|
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