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2019 Nissan Rogue Review

The 2019 Nissan Rogue has an upscale cabin, a generous list of standard safety features, and an expansive cargo area. It also has lackluster acceleration and a noisy transmission, which contribute to its place in the bottom half of our compact SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Above-average cargo capacity
  • Excellent fuel efficiency
  • Plenty of standard safety tech
  • High-grade interior materials
  • Noisy powertrain
  • Engine struggles at high speeds

New for 2019

  • Standard lane departure warning, intelligent lane intervention, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and high-beam assist
  • Available Rear automatic braking and rear parking sensors
  • Special Edition package available for S trim

Is the Nissan Rogue a Good SUV?

The 2019 Rogue is an OK compact SUV. Its cabin is filled with upmarket materials, an abundance of standard and available technology features, and more cargo space than most of its competitors. This Nissan also gets above-average fuel economy estimates. That said, the Rogue's engine could use more power, and its transmission makes a loud droning noise when it's pushed hard. While its safety score is decent, many class rivals earn a higher one. 

Should I Buy the Nissan Rogue?

If you're looking for a good everyday vehicle, this comfortable and refined crossover is worth your consideration. Though the Rogue has an above-average starting price, its host of standard features make it a good value for the money.

If you're considering the Rogue, you may also want to check out the Toyota RAV4, which also delivers great fuel economy estimates and comes standard with many advanced safety features. The Honda CR-V is a more well-rounded SUV than the Rogue, with better driving dynamics.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Rogue?

The 2019 Rogue is part of a generation that debuted for the 2014 model year. After leaving the 2015 model relatively unchanged, Nissan got rid of the Rogue Select model and added available automatic emergency braking, Siri Eyes Free, and an emergency telematics system to the 2016 Rogue. The 2017 Rogue gained updated styling and available adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection. For 2018, Nissan discontinued three-row models but added Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to the standard features list and introduced the ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system.

For 2019, Nissan makes high-beam assist, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, intelligent lane intervention, and lane departure warning standard, while rear automatic braking and rear parking sensors are now available. Nissan also introduces a new Special Edition appearance package for the 2019 model year.

If you're considering a used model and you can do without extra safety and technology amenities, the 2017 Rogue is a solid choice. It's similar to the new Rogue, and it'll cost you less money. Plus, you can still get third-row seating with the 2017 model. Check out our Used Car Deals page for more information about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 35 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 35 Nissan Rogue reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, performance specs, safety features, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Rogue generation, which runs from 2014 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Nissan Rogue Cost?

The 2019 Nissan Rogue has a starting price of $24,920. That's above average for the class, but the Rogue comes with more standard safety features than most rivals, which makes this price a little more reasonable. The top-of-the-line SL trim starts at $31,390.

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Nissan Rogue Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Rogue or Honda CR-V?

The Rogue has a longer standard features list than the Honda CR-V, but the Honda is better on most other fronts. Both SUVs have premium cabin materials and ample passenger and cargo space, but the CR-V has stronger overall performance. The CR-V comes with a more powerful base engine than the Rogue, a smoother continuously variable automatic transmission, and an available turbocharged engine. Go with the Honda.

Which Is Better: Nissan Rogue or Toyota RAV4?

With lots of standard advanced safety features and a large cargo area, the Toyota RAV4 has a lot in common the Rogue, but there are some significant differences. The Rogue has nicer interior materials, a larger touch-screen infotainment system, and standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (both of which are unavailable in the RAV4). The RAV4's powertrain is a little more energetic than the Rogue's, and the Toyota has a better predicted reliability rating. Go for the Rogue if you're more interested in infotainment features. Opt for the RAV4 if you're willing to forego a few amenities for slightly improved performance and a few more active safety features.

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Rogue Interior

How Many People Does the Rogue Seat?

There's seating for five in the Rogue. The front seats are praised for their comfort and support, while the rear seats provide a good amount of room. You can also tilt and slide the rear seats to create additional space. However, the available panoramic sunroof limits back-row headroom.

Rogue and Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

Rogue Interior Quality

The Rogue features high-end materials throughout its well-designed cabin. Most of its surfaces, including its plastics, are soft to the touch. Cloth upholstery is standard, and leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Rogue Cargo Space

There's 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 70 cubic feet with the second row folded. This is more space than in most other compact SUVs. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

Rogue Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Rogue's many standard features include an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. A six- or nine-speaker audio system, navigation, and HD Radio are available.

The infotainment system is easy to use, but the touch screen is small, and its graphics are a bit dated. There are redundant physical audio and climate controls on the dashboard and on the steering wheel.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Rogue Performance

Rogue Engine: Underwhelming and Noisy

Its mediocre powertrain is arguably the biggest strike against the Rogue. The 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. It’s fine for city driving, but when pushed hard on the highway, it produces weak acceleration and a loud droning noise.

Rogue Gas Mileage: Great in the Class

The front-wheel-drive Rogue delivers 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. All-wheel-drive models get 1 less mpg in the city and on the highway. These are above-average estimates for the class.

Rogue Ride and Handling: Confident, Comfortable Cruiser

Favoring comfort over athleticism, this Nissan delivers a smooth ride, and its smaller size contributes to stable handling around corners. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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Rogue Reliability

Is the Nissan Rogue Reliable?

J.D Power gives the 2019 Nissan Rogue a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average for the industry.

Nissan Rogue Warranty

The 2019 Rogue has a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Rogue Safety

Rogue Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Rogue the highest rating of Good in five crash test categories. The IIHS also gave it the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention and the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its headlights. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Rogue an overall rating of four out of five stars. 

Rogue Safety Features

If you're looking for a compact SUV chock-full of standard advanced safety features, the Rogue has got you covered. The 2019 Rogue comes standard with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, intelligent lane intervention, high-beam assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a rearview camera. Available active safety features include rear automatic braking, rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree camera. The ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system is also available. This system helps you steer and brake your vehicle and keeps it at a consistent speed and distance behind other cars.

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Which Nissan Rogue Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Rogue comes in three trims: S, SV, and SL. The base S trim has numerous features, including a slew of advanced safety tech. Most shoppers will be pleased with this setup. If you're interested in the ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous system, however, you'll have to step up to one of the top two trims. These higher trims push the Rogue’s already high price well above average for the class. You can add all-wheel drive to any trim for an extra $1,350.

Nissan Rogue S

The base S trim (MSRP: $24,920) comes with cloth upholstery and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and two USB ports. You'll also get a ton of advanced safety features, including a rearview camera, intelligent lane intervention, high-beam assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. A Special Edition package is new for 2019 and available for the S trim. It adds features such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated outside mirrors, and heated front seats.

Nissan Rogue SV

The SV trim starts at $26,340 and includes heated outside mirrors, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a hands-free power liftgate, a six-speaker audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, rear automatic braking, and push-button start. You can add two packages to this trim. The SV Premium package includes a navigation system, HD Radio, a heated steering wheel, a driver's seat with memory settings, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, and ProPilot Assist. The SV Sun and Sound package includes the Premium package's features, plus a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system and a panoramic moonroof.

Nissan Rogue SL

The top-of-the-line SL trim (MSRP: $31,390) comes with ProPilot Assist, fog lights, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, navigation, a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel. The SL Premium package adds a panoramic moonroof and LED headlights. The SL Platinum Reserve Interior package adds premium quilted leather upholstery.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Rogue is a comfortable cruiser with tons of cargo room and enough standard features to please most shoppers. Add in great fuel efficiency and a refined cabin, and the Rogue is a nice option for a daily commuter vehicle. That said, the Rogue's lackluster engine and noisy transmission aren't ideal for drivers who spend a lot of time on the highway.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Comfortable, efficient and just a tad bit sporty, the 2019 Nissan Rogue looks set to continue its success as Nissan’s best-selling model." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Really, this is about as mainstream a choice for a small crossover as you'll find. Nissan sells loads of them. And there's a lot to like. Cabin and seat comfort are excellent, as are cargo space and utility. … But the Rogue's lethargic acceleration and poor visibility drop it a notch from competitors that do better. … The Rogue is enticing, yes, but it doesn't do much to stand out from the pack or measure up to its namesake." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • On the road, the Rogue quickly impresses. While noise from the continuously variable transmission and the road can be a bit obvious, such complaints are forgotten when you consider the Rogue's smooth ride, easy maneuverability and good visibility. While those traits won't win the Rogue any awards for excitement, they're among the most important when you're searching for a compact SUV." -- Autotrader (2018)


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