With stylish exterior lines, a modest yet refined interior, and all-weather capabilities, the Nissan Rogue Sport SV AWD was a nice surprise in a crossover segment which can often feel overrun with mundane vehicles. This is not some full-blown off-road machine or a high-end mini-SUV that’s trying to be something it’s not, but instead a properly sized people mover that was built to tackle the modern urban world.
2018 Nissan Rogue Sport SV AWD Exterior
Clean design. That’s the first thing I thought about when I first laid eyes on the 2018.5 Nissan Rouge. There are no gimmicks here, but instead nice organic lines that are proportionally correct throughout the entire body. A modern front-end treatment includes a stylized front bumper with a blacked-out lower fascia that contains chrome-trimmed driving lights. It’s rugged but not overly dramatic. The black trim then continues in the form of mild fender flares, which run down the rocker panels and then rearward into the bumper. Thankfully Nissan didn’t include faux chrome exhausts ports like so many others, but instead opted for subtlety. Filling the wheel-wells are attractive 17-inch split-spoke alloys that wear 215/60-series all-season tires.
Nissan has also seen fit to incorporate a sport-oriented spoiler on the rear hatch along with brushed roof rails that can be had with optional crossbars. Our tester was covered in Palatial Ruby Red paint, which was quite nice. I’m generally not one for red cars, but with darker tones and when combine with the black, polished and brushed accents, it all worked very well. Sitting on a 104.2-inch wheelbase and with an overall length of 172.4-inch, the Rogue Sport is also perfect for navigating and parking in an urban environment. Street parking was a non-issue as was fitting the Rogue in smaller garages. There’s something to be said for pulling back the reigns when it comes to design, and thankfully, Nissan’s restraint has paid off.
2018 Nissan Rogue Sport SV AWD Interior
One would never go as far as to call the Rogue a luxury crossover, but with an as-tested price of $28,760, it must be said that ours came quite well appointed. Heated cloths seats benefited from hounds tooth styled centers with charcoal bolsters and white stitching. They were both comfortable and supportive. The leather wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel offered heat along with controls for the Rogue’s audio system. A small dial also allowed the driver to access information from the media screen that lives between the large analog tachometer and speedometer. Fitted with the technology package ($2,420.00 option) meant that we were also treated to a great 360-degree camera, Nissan Navigation as well as NissanConnect Apps that streams music and works with most social media apps.
The Rogue also receives high marks in regards to storage and comfort. As a larger than average human (6’4” / 240-lbs.) not only did I fit well, but I was quite comfortable on extended drives. Rear seating was a bit snug for someone of my dimensions, but those under 6’ will have no issues whatsoever. The Rogue has you covered as well in regards to storage as it offers cargo space that ranges from 33.3-cubic feet with the second row up, to 62.2-cubic feet with it folded flat. There’s also nifty secondary storage space that’s hidden under the floor of the cargo area. Lastly, the loading and unloading of cargo is a snap due to a hatch with a very high lift height.
2018 Nissan Rogue Sport SV AWD Performance
Under that stylish hood lives a naturally aspirated DOHC 2.0L four-cylinder that produces 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. And while those aren’t massive numbers, it helps to motivate the Rogue along quite well. Nissan’s all-wheel drive system also allows the Rogue to start off with power going to all-four wheels and then when up to speed, will simply power the front wheels to help deliver EPA rated fuel economy numbers of 24 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in combined driving*. Nissan has also managed to dial out much of the high-revving harshness that’s found in most CVT transmissions.
On on road the 2018 Rogue handles quite well. It’s comfortable on long trips and the suspension was able to soak up road imperfections with ease. The cabin was also quiet with good outward visibility and there’s even an ECO Mode to help maximize fuel efficiency as well as a Sport Steering Mode that sharpens up steering feel.
2018 Nissan Rogue Sport SV AWD Safety
Understanding that safety is paramount, Nissan has equipped the 2018.5 Rogue Sport SV with such features as standard blind spot warning and rear cross alert, automatic emergency braking, airbags throughout the cabin, antilock brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system that alerts the driver when the correct pressure is reached upon fill-up as well as many others.
To find out more about the safety features on the 2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport SV AWD head on over to NissanUSA.com.
2018 Nissan Rogue Sport SV AWD Overall
With a base price of $25,090 and an as tested price of $28,760 the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport SV AWD comes to us as a nice tidy package that packs in quality features at a good price. This is one of those rare vehicles that is not trying to oversell itself, but instead, it simply lives up to its intended purpose as a compact crossover with solid performance.
Drop by your local AutoNation Nissan dealer today to check one out!
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP of $28,760.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.