2019 Rogue Sport New Car Test Drive
The Nissan Rogue Sport is like the Nissan Rogue, which is a good thing, only it's a foot smaller, and it's less powerful. Every Sport comes with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder making a weak 141 horsepower, mated to a CVT that's slow but at least not intrusive. It's front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available.
It's comfortable enough for two riders in front, and even for two more in the rear, but a fifth passenger won't like it. The infotainment display is above average. Rivals include the Mazda CX-3, Chevrolet Trax, and Toyota CH-R.
Fuel mileage is 25 miles per gallon city, 32 highway, and 28 combined with front-wheel drive; or 27 mpg combined with awd. That's about the same as its rivals.
Beginning mid-year, Nissan began calling the Sport a 2018-and-a-half model, with automatic emergency braking added as standard equipment. It hasn't been crash-tested yet.
Rogue Sport comes as S, SV, and SL models. Standard equipment in the S ($22,615, including destination) includes 16-inch wheels with hubcaps, cloth upholstery, a four-speaker audio system with a 5.0-inch infotainment display, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and rearview camera.
SV adds 17-inch wheels, roof rails, automatic headlights, power adjustable driver's seat, a six-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control, keyless ignition, and a cargo management system for the rear. Packages for the SV include a cold-weather collection that adds heated front seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start, leather-wrapped gear shifter, and heated outside mirrors. A tech package adds all of the above, a larger 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, blind-spot monitors, a surround-view camera system, and satellite radio.
SL adds 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery, and Nissan's telematics services. An SL premium package adds a moonroof, LED headlights, and active safety features.
Blind-spot monitors are optional or in a package, along with other active safety features such as forward collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, and a surround-view camera system.