Evaluation: 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport brings the goodness of the Qashqai to America

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We might think about the Nissan Rogue Sport as the smaller sized brother or sister to the Rogue crossover, but the Rogue Sport is mechanically very various from the Rogue. Based upon the European Qashqai, the Rogue Sport has many of the goodness of the Rogue model, however is more spry too.

The Rogue Sport was introduced for the 2017 design year and amazed us with its nimble handling in tight circumstances and alert engine reaction. Especially when compared to the Rogue. The Rogue Sport seats four grownups conveniently with a 5th in a pinch. Parents will like that the second row’s LATCH anchors for kid safety seats are really easy to access. Plus there are 22.9 cubic feet (6485 liters) of cargo behind the 2nd row, a decent number for the little compact segment of crossovers.

For the 2019 design year, Nissan added its complete Security Guard 360 suite of innovative security features to all however the base trim. This means that ProPilot Assist, which we attempted in the Rogue last year, is likewise available in the Nissan Rogue Sport. Those behind the scenes upgrades are less visible than the bigger touchscreen display screen with basic Android Automobile and Apple CarPlay. That screen is now 7 inches in size, making it simpler to see and utilize.

The 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport is powered by a well-done 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 141 horsepower (105 kW) to a continually variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is basic and all-wheel drive is optional. We drove the SL design, the topmost of the 3 trim levels for the Rogue Sport, with AWD and found that the little engine has a broad output variety that might not jump off the line each time, but it delivers predictably and fairly rapidly.

The US Environmental Security Company (EPA) rates the 2019 Rogue Sport at approximately 28 mpg (8.4 l/100 km) integrated for city/highway driving. That remains in the front-wheel drive model, the AWD design has to do with a point lower in its combined rating. In our week with the 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport, we averaged 26 mpg (9.0 l/100 km) in the crossover. That was with different traveler loads, some winter weather condition, and with both city and highway driving as a daily mix of driving. Those are excellent real-world returns, considering.

There are, nevertheless, a couple of things remiss about the Rogue Sport’s general feel on the road. Foremost amongst those is that it’s not in a rush to go quick. Speeding up to get onto the freeway or pass another automobile at speed can be taxing. The Rogue Sport’s drivetrain is tuned for fuel economy, not sport, regardless of the vehicle’s name. The 2019 Rogue Sport is also loud on the highway, but no more so than numerous others in the subcompact classes.

The bright side is that while a bit vague in their inputs to the driver, steering and handling in the Rogue Sport are both predictable and well tuned. As is braking, which is often more abrupt than those utilized to Nissan’s normally squishy braking may anticipate. These are guaranteed indications of the Rogue Sport’s European audience goal as the Qashqai.

What we simulate about the 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport is its comfort levels. These benefit the class, using an excellent front seat experience for the motorist and front passenger. The interior is not low-cost or extremely plasticized either, which is a plus with today’s more upscale expectation from entry-level designs. The second row bench has great outboard seating for adults, however the middle spot is constrained. 3 kids across is extremely achievable in the Rogue Sport, however, and cargo space is both useful and easy to broaden with the basic split-fold rear bench.

Innovation gets a nice boost with the aforementioned larger screen. The larger screen does not have the outstanding resolution we’ve seen in other Nissan products or in other products on the market in general, but it’s fantastic for the segment. The 7-inch screen is right-sized for the Rogue Sport, though the maps and other items on it would be better served with a crisper screen. Luckily, the Rogue Sport has excellent audio triggers for the navigation and wise voice control options to bypass menus that might be more hard to see and use when underway.

Nissan did falter in other tech locations too. The Rogue Sport only has one USB port, which appears a huge oversight in today’s device-centric world. The addition of Android Vehicle and Apple CarPlay is terrific, but it indicates that the phone managing those is the only device that can be plugged in. We were likewise unimpressed with the stereo, even with its upgrades that featured the higher trim point we tested. It often sounded tinny and distorted, specifically when being lowered considerably for the navigation triggers to sound.

Where the 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport gets the most attention is in its price point. Even completely loaded as we had it, the Rogue Sport sounded in at under US$30,000 while the base model begins at just $22,240

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