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Nissan Rogue Sport

"Rogue Junior" would be a more apt name for this new subcompact SUV from Nissan. It looks like a shrunken version of the regular Rogue, but it isn't any sportier to drive. It's slower than its big brother, and it wasn't much nimbler. Even so, the Rogue Sport feels more mature and substantial than most of the subcompact SUVs it competes with, thanks to a pleasant, composed ride, and a quiet cabin for the class.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

"Rogue Junior" would be a more apt name for this new subcompact SUV from Nissan. It looks like a shrunken version of the regular Rogue, but it isn't any sportier to drive. It's slower than its big brother, and it wasn't much nimbler.

Even so, the Rogue Sport feels more mature and substantial than most of the subcompact SUVs it competes with, thanks to a pleasant, composed ride, and a quiet cabin for the class. And where the roomier Rogue is designed for families, the Sport has a younger, more urban vibe.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (141 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Explained in my last section combined with screen freezing."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Not long after I leased the car, the screen would blink off and on. It wouldn't turn on at all if I had a charger plugged in. All callers also told me that my Bluetooth in the car sent out a high pitched noise that was constant throughout the call. These problems together were very frustrating. I had to go to the dealership twice to have it fixed. The first time they sent me home after 3 hours saying they needed to order parts. I had to call several times to see if parts were in. Once I called and they said the parts had been there for over a week, but no one had called me. After I finally got an appointment, it took 6 hours at the dealership, in addition to me driving almost an hour each way. About a month ago, my cameras (top/side/rear) all started working about 80% of the time. Sometimes, just one of the cameras displays, while the other side on the same screen is black. My screen has also gone blank/frozen again since this new issue started. I have been avoiding calling the dealership due to fear of the last occurrence. However, since it is getting increasingly problematic, I will be contacting a different dealership."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"Dealership would not fix 2-3 year old navigation system. Told me to contact Nissan headquarters & get them to figure out the problem. Did this & they worked with dealership to get me the most recent navigation system. To date this system is still 2-3 years older than the vehicle itself."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport SL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Front drivers seat had an annoying clicking sound"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering squeak very annoying but not serious enough to pay to fix since out of warrantee"

Anonymous, MA (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"At highway speed passenger side has intermittent noise"

Stephanie M., QC (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The tint film on the front sensor where the emblem is continues to bubble as if there is water getting behind it. The dealer has replaced but it comes back. It seems to be a design flaw."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport SL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint on plastic rear bumper chips and scratches easily."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"The ABS controller was defective and had to be replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"The vehicle had over 40,000 miles on it, and needed new front brakes. Normal wear & tear."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport SV 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seats

"Driver's heated seat bottom stopped heating. Waiting for heating season for dealership to evaluate and repair."

Anonymous, (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport SV 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"A seat belt got closed in the passenger door and the warning light often come on to warn that the door isn't closed properly though it is. After the pandemic, we will take it to the dealership for repair."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"ROUGH AND NOISY"

Gary W., BC (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport SV 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"ROUGH RIDING BRAKES SEEMED WEIRD AS IT MADE A BEEP"

Gary W., BC (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport SV 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The AEB had numerous false readings and stops. It was corrected under the Nissan TSB."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Had 3 instances of check engine light. Warranty covered the repair of the first two. The third time I was told I needed to replace the long block. In other words, the whole engine due to a problem with a cylinder. The repair will take two weeks. Nissan provided me with a loaner car."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport SV 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"The material on the inside door frame is a bit on the cheap and weak side and dents easily."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Wheel bearings

"After changing back to summers started tp hear a slight grinding on hwy speeds. 4 days latter the noise became intense as if i was driving on a flat. Took it to dealership who examined and reported a bearing issue, had no part on hand and waitind a week for apt."

Anonymous, QC (2018 Nissan Rogue Sport S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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