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2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Review

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid finishes near the bottom of our hybrid and electric SUV rankings. It's plagued by underwhelming performance, and many lower-priced classmates offer better performance and more upscale interiors.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Smooth ride
  • Handsome cabin with quality materials
  • Leisurely acceleration
  • Regenerative brakes are grabby
  • Below-average cargo space for the class

New for 2018

  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, second USB port, and hands-free liftgate became standard
  • Adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection became available

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid's #10 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Hybrid SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Rogue Hybrid has a score of 7.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 5.7
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Overview

Is the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is good choice in our hybrid and electric SUV rankings. It sports a stylish interior, with cushy front seats and a smooth ride. Still, several rivals have quicker acceleration, smoother brakes, and larger cargo areas. In fairness to the Rogue Hybrid, however, there are several luxury SUVs in the class, which are pricier and much nicer than this Nissan.

The 2018 Rogue Hybrid has some nice qualities:

  • One of the best fuel economy ratings in the class
  • Attractive cabin with lots of premium, soft-touch materials
  • Comfortable, composed, and quiet on the highway

However, the drawbacks are hard to ignore:

  • Less cargo space than most compact SUVs, including rival hybrids
  • Sluggish acceleration from a stop
  • Regenerative brakes feel unrefined
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Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Nissan Rogue Hybrid in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 22 professional Nissan Rogue Hybrid reviews.

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How Much Is the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid?

At the time of writing, we do not have specific pricing data for the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid.

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How Much Does the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Cost to Own?

We don’t currently have data for the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid's five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Rogue Hybrid?

For 2019, Nissan added pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams to the Rogue Hybrid's standard features list. Though these aren't standard for 2018, the uplevel SL trim has them. If these safety features are important to you, cross shop the base 2019 Rogue Hybrid SV with a 2018 Rogue Hybrid SL to see where you can get the best deal.

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There were some significant improvements between the 2017 and 2018 models. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a second USB port, and a hands-free liftgate became standard for 2018. With the exception of the motion-activated liftgate, none of the other features were available for 2017 – even as options. On the 2018's top trim level, new standard safety features were added, including adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. You may be able to save some money by purchasing a 2017 Rogue Hybrid, but you'll be missing out on some very appealing upgrades if you do.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid?

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid.

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Which Used Nissan Rogue Hybrid Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid comes in two trim levels: SV and SL. Both have the same hybrid powertrain and are available with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. Nissan also makes a gas-only Rogue, which we review separately.

The SV trim offers the best value. It's packed with standard features, including lots of infotainment goodies, heated front seats, and a hands-free liftgate. Look for a version that's equipped with the Premium package if you want extras such as a 360-degree parking camera or a better sound system. If you must have leather seats or lots of safety features, pick the SL trim, which comes with upgrades that aren't available in the base trim.

  • Nissan Rogue Hybrid SV: This base trim level comes with a six-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, two USB ports, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, text messaging assistance, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a hands-free power liftgate, and an easy-fill tire alert system. To make things a little more comfortable, the SV includes a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The SV Hybrid Premium package adds an upgraded Bose stereo system, a navigation system, a 360-degree parking camera, adaptive cruise control, a panoramic moonroof, and a heated steering wheel.
  • Nissan Rogue Hybrid SL: In addition to the SV's standard features, the top-of-the-line Rogue Hybrid SL gets every item in the SV's Premium package, with the exception of the panoramic moonroof. This comes as a separate option for the SL. This trim level also has leather seats, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.

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What Does Nissan's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Nissan offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each Nissan CPO vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like rental car reimbursement, a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a Security+Plus Extended protection plan, towing, and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

According to our research, Nissan’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer. Mazda, Honda, and Chevrolet all have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Rogue Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Rogue a 2018 Top Safety Pick. The SUV earned the highest rating of Good in every crash test, and it received the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention. Rogue models equipped with LED headlights received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well the headlights illuminate the road, while all others received the lowest rating of Poor. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration only conducted frontal crash and rollover tests on the Rogue Hybrid, giving the SUV four out of five stars in both tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • automatic emergency braking
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • blind spot monitoring

Available advanced safety features:

  • automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • 360-degree parking camera
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • adaptive cruise control

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2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid or 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is one of the few compact crossovers in the hybrid and electric SUV class, but it ranks well above its Nissan rival. The Toyota has some of the same hybrid pros (great fuel economy) and woes (sluggish acceleration) as the Rogue Hybrid. When it comes to cargo space and advanced standard safety features, however, the RAV4 Hybrid wins easily. On the other hand, the Rogue Hybrid comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; neither are available in the RAV4.

Which Is Better: 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid or 2018 Nissan Rogue?

Compared to the Rogue Hybrid, the nonhybrid Nissan Rogue will save the average driver about $200 a year at the gas pump. You also get more standard features with the hybrid, including heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a hands-free liftgate (none of these are available in the nonhybrid base trim). However, the standard Rogue has a much larger cargo area and will likely cost less to buy than the hybrid model. Out of these two, the choice comes down to preference.   

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2018 Rogue Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Drive?

The gasoline-electric Rogue Hybrid isn't quick off the line, but it has a reasonable amount of power after you get going. In most ways, the hybrid and its gasoline-only twin have nearly identical road manners, though the hybrid's regenerative brakes can feel a bit grabby and abrupt by comparison. This Nissan is relaxed on the open road, with stable handling and a comfortable ride.

  • Base powertrain: 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor with a combined 176 horsepower
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Rogue Hybrid has one of the highest fuel economy ratings in our compact SUV rankings. It even beats the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, with annual fuel costs that are $100 lower for the average driver.

  • FWD: 33/35 mpg city/highway
  • AWD: 31/34 mpg

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2018 Rogue Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Rogue Hybrid Seat?

The 2018 Rogue Hybrid seats five people in two rows. A generous amount of space and abundant support make the front seats all-day comfortable. Visibility is decent, and all models come with a power-adjustable driver's seat. The rear seat isn't the most spacious around, but it can still comfortably carry average-sized adults.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • heated front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • leather seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid?

The 2018 Rogue Hybrid has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use because the lower anchors are difficult to use and the middle tether anchor is hard to find.  

2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Features

Most knobs and controls are easy for the driver to reach, but the Rogue Hybrid's infotainment system isn't as user-friendly as what rivals offer, and the graphics are so-so. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became standard for 2018 in the Rogue Hybrid. Another 2018 addition was a second USB port, which allows you to charge two phones at once.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and text messaging assistance
  • Available infotainment features: a nine-speaker Bose infotainment system and navigation
  • Additional standard features: remote start, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an easy-fill tire alert
  • Other available features: a panoramic moonroof

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2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Dimensions

Nissan Rogue Hybrid Cargo Space

The Rogue Hybrid has 27.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Folding down the 60/40 split rear seat creates a 61.4-cubic-foot cargo hold. These dimensions are smaller than average for a compact SUV, as the hybrid's battery pack encroaches on the storage area. However, several standard features boost usability. There is a nice amount of cubby space throughout the cabin, and with Nissan's Divide-N-Hide system of partitions and shelves, you can configure the cargo area in several ways. Thanks to the Rogue Hybrid's standard hands-free liftgate, there's no need to let go of your squirming toddler or set down a bag of groceries to open the hatch.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 4.5 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,663 to 3,818 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 4,720 to 4,815 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Built?

Nissan built the Rogue Hybrid in Tennessee.

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