Rogue Sport: the very identify suggests an impishness layered on high of a foul boy persona. Nissan launched the Rogue Sport to the U.S. for the 2017 mannequin 12 months. It’s sandwiched between the bigger Nissan Rogue and the entry-level Nissan Kicks. The spunky Kicks has solely been out there in North America since 2018, and the much-improved third-generation 2021 Rogue is coming this fall.
That makes the Rogue Sport, out there within the U.S. for the reason that 2017 mannequin 12 months, the oldest of the trio and a little bit of a wallflower by comparability. We spent a while in a 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport SL AWD to see if sitting behind the wheel offers us the form of vibe that the impish dangerous boy identify implies.
High Trim and Further Choices
Our loaner had a base value of $30,895 and was optioned as much as $33,860 with the addition of premium paint—on this case Scarlet Ember Tint. That included for ground mats with cargo space protector and first support equipment ($290) and the Premium Bundle ($2,280) that provides the small energy sliding moonroof, LED headlights, fog lamps, energy entrance passenger seat, reminiscence driver seat and mirrors, and Bose audio system.
The Rogue Sport—or Qashqai as it’s known as in Europe and Canada—just isn’t a strong beast. Underneath the hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that places out 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque, and energy is distributed to the entrance wheels through a repeatedly variable computerized transmission. It is good for nervous mother and father deciding on a brand new automobile for a first-time purchaser.
The Rogue Sport has the hallmarks of a small crossover. It has black plastic on the sprint, however a minimum of it’s textured, and the expanse is damaged up with trim designed to seem like carbon fiber and provides it a little bit of an industrial look.
It is All About Connectivity
The youthful demographic that buys a subcompact crossover will instantly try the infotainment system. The 7-inch touchscreen is smallish by right this moment’s requirements, however it’s absolutely built-in into the sprint for a clear look, versus those caught in place that seem like an afterthought. Consumers of all ages will admire onerous knobs for quantity and tuning.
The Rogue Sport is provided with NissanConnect (Nissan’s infotainment and smartphone integration system) with navigation, HD radio, and it’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto appropriate. USB and auxiliary port—in addition to an influence outlet—are properly positioned up entrance and straightforward to entry. One other USB outlet is within the leather-covered middle armrest. All are surrounded by a shiny black trim that additionally encircles the side-by-side cupholders; the structure that avoids confusion as to whose beverage is whose.
In entrance of the motive force is a standard show with two giant instrument clusters flanking a small info display. It’s all very acquainted. It has a standard gearshift knob wrapped in leather-based.
The steering wheel is from the Nissan components bin, with the standard plethora of buttons to command features from infotainment to participating ProPilot Help, Nissan’s partially automated cruise management. Consumers in colder climates will admire that the leather-wrapped steering wheel is heated. It additionally tilts and is telescoping, options not at all times out there in mainstream subcompacts.
Smart Cabin Structure
The structure of the cabin makes it simple to navigate the controls used essentially the most. The button for the heated steering wheel is on the sprint to the left of the steering wheel—simple to seek out and use. It’s in a financial institution of controls that features the button to activate steering help, interact sport drive mode, and the AWD lock.
The digicam offers a view of the world in entrance of the automobile for inching right into a storage and a birds-eye view to gauge how effectively you could have parked inside the strains. Sadly, the picture just isn’t as crisp because the competitors—and even newer Nissans.
Seats could make or break a protracted drive. The Rogue Sport has black leather-appointed seats with distinction stitching. The motive force has an eight-way energy seat with lumbar help, and the entrance seats are heated. There’s onerous black plastic on high of the door, however it morphs into softer leather-based on the armrest. To brighten the look, there’s extra of the carbon-fiber-inspired trim, and a few polished metallic bits to interrupt up the black expanse.
Tight Second Row however Seats Fold Flat
Technically, it’s a five-passenger car however the center seat within the second row is greatest used because the fold-down armrest and cupholder. And legroom is tight within the second row if tall adults are concerned. Nissan may have left the seatbacks as onerous plastic, however as a substitute they’re finished in leather-ish supplies and sport a storage pouch.
The 60-40 cut up second-row seats fold flat, which is greater than a few of its rivals can say, and it improves the out there house in again. Folding down the seats is a guide operation, performed from the second row; there are not any buttons or latches to take action from the cargo space. There are air vents for second-row passengers to direct the air movement in a car with dual-zone computerized temperature controls up entrance. There are not any USB shops for the rear passengers.
The doorways do have a stable sound and really feel when they’re opened and closed—no disconcerting tinny sounds.
Intelligent Cargo Panels
Open the guide liftgate to admire the ample cargo room. Nissan’s Divide-N-Conceal cargo system and canopy is a intelligent use of two major items that may function a flat cargo ground or cabinets of differing heights. You can even use one to create a divider and the opposite as a canopy to dam any view of the contents inside. There are small plastic storage wells on both sides, and the carpeted cargo ground has some textured slats which might be for look, not traction.
The Rogue Sport doesn’t really feel low-cost or chintzy, however it additionally doesn’t supply a lot that stands out as overly spectacular or distinctive. In a section that’s stretching its legs design-wise, the Rogue Sport is neither cute nor brute, quirky nor elegant. It’s acquainted, what you’d anticipate from a small crossover, like a pair of worn slippers. Not as horny as stilettos, or sensible as Wellies, however slipping into them feels snug and acquainted.