2020 Rogue New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Nissan Rogue puts comfort at the top of its priority list, with safety technology a close second. It's an excellent place to drive for a few hours, while performance pulls up shy to some of its biggest rivals.
There's a smaller Rogue Sport in the Nissan family that's distinct from this compact crossover; we review it separately.
The Rogue's been updated for 2019 with standard automatic emergency braking, while the Nissan active safety system suite of features, called ProPilot Assist, is standard on all models except the base S and SV, where it is optional. The system helps drivers stay in their lanes by beeping a warning when it detects drifting, a protection against dozing off. In certain situations, ProPilot Assist can also accelerate, brake, and maintain the distance from other vehicles with no driver input.
The 2019 Rogue comes standard with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission, making 170 horsepower with 175 foot-pounds of torque. It delivers average acceleration.
Fuel mileage is a solid 26 mpg city, 33 highway, and 29 combined with front-wheel drive, 27 mpg combined with all-wheel drive. The Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Subaru Forester get about 30 mpg-but there is a Rogue Hybrid, which the EPA rates at up to 34 mpg combined.
Federal and independent safety testers don't agree on the 2019 Nissan Rogue. The insurance industry's IIHS gives the Rogue a Top Safety Pick after it earned top 'Good'? scores in all of its crash tests, including the finicky front small-overlap crash test. Automatic emergency braking, standard on all 2019 Rogues, was rated as 'Superior'? at avoiding front crashes.
However, that Top Safety Pick applies just to the Rogue SL when equipped with optional LED headlights. The IIHS rated the standard headlights on most Rogue models as 'Poor.'? Crashworthiness isn't affected.
Meanwhile the NHTSA gave the Rogue only four stars overall, with four stars for frontal and rollover crash protection. .
The base Rogue S starts at $25,975 and includes 17-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, blind-spot monitors, automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A popular equipment package adds tinted windows, heated front seats, and 17-inch alloy wheels for $800. All-wheel drive is available on every trim level for $1,350.
SV trims add more available options, optional 18-inch wheels, rear automatic braking, remote start, keyless ignition, power-adjustable driver's seat, and upgraded audio.
At the top, the 2019 Rogue SL sports 19-inch wheels, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, premium audio, navigation, a surround-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control, remote start, a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, and Nissan's suite of driver assist features called 'ProPilot Assist.'? The Rogue SL starts at $32,385 with front-wheel drive, or $33,785 with all-wheel drive. An $1,820 Premium Package for Rogue SL models adds LED headlights that were rated 'Acceptable'? by the IIHS and are how the Rogue earns its Top Safety Pick award.
Rogue Hybrid models are available on SV and SL trims with comparable equipment..