“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 didn’t prove to be much nimbler.

Even so, the Rogue Sport comes across as more mature and substantial than most subcompact SUVs, with a pleasant, composed ride and a quiet cabin for the class. We also applaud Nissan for making automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning standard equipment for all trims on the 2018 model.


The Rogue Sport’s four-cylinder engine and well-tuned continuously variable transmission get the job done, but it could use more zip when merging onto highways. Even with its pokey power, fuel mileage is unimpressive, at just 26 mpg overall. The engine sound remains palatable, except when drivers really tromp on the throttle.

Cabin access is a snap because of the wide door openings. Even midtrim Rogue Sports provide a power seat and adjustable lumbar support, but the seats are rather basic, with a squishy cushion that loses support on longer drives. The low rear seat lacks thigh support.

The plentiful storage bins, readily accessible charging ports, and simple, well-placed controls make the Rogue Sport easy to live with. But you can interact with paired phones only using voice controls, which can be tedious.

Read the complete Nissan Rogue Sport road test.

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Review

HIGHS: Access, controls, standard advanced safety features for 2018
LOWS: Weak acceleration, rear-seat comfort, rear visibility
POWERTRAIN: 141-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine; continuously variable transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 26 mpg on regular gas

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the January 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.