2019 Rogue Sport New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport compact crossover came along to replace the quirky little Juke, and takes a more practical approach to urban commuting. It's bigger, easier to drive smoothly, and less money, too-and it's at its best around town.
The 4-cylinder engine makes a modest 141 horsepower, and it's tuned for efficiency, paired as it is to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The available all-wheel-drive system is designed more for all-weather driving than off-road adventure.
For 2019 the Rogue Sport gets automatic emergency braking as standard equipment in the S model, while the top SL model gets the suite of active safety and electronic guidance features that Nissan calls ProPilot Assist. They system combines automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors.
The EPA rates the front-wheel-drive Rogue Sport at 25 mpg city, 32 highway, 28 combined, while the all-wheel-drive model gets about 1 mpg less.
The NHTSA gives the Rogue Sport four stars overall in safety, including four stars for front- and rollover-crash protection..
The Rogue Sport S at about $24,000 offers great value. Standard equipment includes automatic emergency braking, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, one USB port, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It has 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, but for $570 you can get 17-inch alloys.
The SV adds safety equipment such as blind-spot monitors, active lane control, rear automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection.
A fully loaded SL can cost as much as $32,000. It offers leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, premium audio, 19-inch wheels, navigation, a surround-view camera system, ProPilot assist, keyless ignition, dual-zone climate control, moonroof and LED headlights.
All-wheel drive is optional for $1,350..