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6.6

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Critics' Rating: 6.3
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 6.7
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2019 Nissan Rogue Sport Review

The 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport sits in the bottom third of our subcompact SUV rankings, largely because of its lackluster performance. It has a composed ride, but its acceleration is slow, and its steering feedback is limited.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Expansive cargo area
  • Underpowered engine
  • Vague steering

New for 2019

  • Standard 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay
  • Standard rear-seat reminder and Divide-N-Hide cargo system
  • Available rear automatic braking and ProPilot Assist

Is the Nissan Rogue Sport a Good SUV?

The 2019 Rogue Sport is an OK subcompact SUV. Its cargo hold ranks among the largest in the class, and it has a lot of standard features, which is nice in a small SUV. However, its downsides are considerable. Vague steering and a weak engine hamper its overall performance.

Should I Buy the Nissan Rogue Sport?

If abundant cargo space and a smooth ride are high on your priority list, you’ll want to take a look at the Rogue Sport. If not, consider one of the more well-rounded vehicles in the class that offer more and cost less.

The Honda HR-V, for example, has a similarly spacious cargo area, but it also has additional rear-seat passenger space. Although the Mazda CX-3 doesn’t match the spaciousness of the Rogue Sport or HR-V, its agile handling and tight steering make it a better option for shoppers seeking a more athletic ride.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Rogue Sport?

The Rogue Sport is part of a generation that debuted for the 2017 model year. Nissan didn't make any major changes for 2018 but added a few standard and available features for 2019. New standard features include a more refined standard infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. A rear-seat reminder and a Divide-N-Hide cargo system are also newly standard for 2019. Rear automatic braking and the ProPilot Assist semiautonomous driving system are newly available features.

If you're considering an older model, read our 2017 and 2018 Rogue Sport reviews. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 18 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 18 Nissan Rogue Sport reviews, as well as performance specs, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Rogue Sport generation, which runs from 2017 to 2019.

How Much Does the Nissan Rogue Sport Cost?

The 2019 Rogue Sport starts at $22,340, which is above average for the class. The SV and SL trims will cost you $24,140 and $28,060, respectively. You can add all-wheel drive to any trim for an additional $1,350.

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Nissan Rogue Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Rogue Sport or Honda HR-V?

The Honda HR-V is a more well-rounded subcompact SUV than the Rogue Sport. It has nearly as much overall cargo space as the Nissan, and it’s more versatile thanks to its Magic Seat, which allows for multiple seating and cargo configurations. Additionally, the Honda's rear seats are more accommodating for adults. The HR-V also has better handling and better fuel economy estimates. The Rogue Sport comes with more standard features than the HR-V, including smartphone integration technology and a larger touch screen, but it also costs more. The Honda is the better pick.

Which Is Better: Nissan Rogue Sport or Mazda CX-3?

The Mazda CX-3 is much sportier than the Rogue Sport thanks to its stronger engine, tighter handling, and more-responsive steering. It also manages to get better fuel economy estimates than the Rogue Sport. That said, the CX-3 has limited passenger and cargo room. Shoppers in need of more interior space will prefer the Rogue Sport. Otherwise, the CX-3 is the superior SUV.

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Rogue Sport Interior

How Many People Does the Rogue Sport Seat?

The Rogue Sport seats up to five people in two rows. Despite being a subcompact SUV, the Rogue Sport has larger windows that provide the driver with great all-around visibility. The seats are comfortable, and the front row has plenty of room for adults. However, there’s not much rear-seat space, so adult passengers may not be comfortable back there on longer trips.

Rogue Sport and Car Seats

For connecting child car seats, the Rogue Sport has two sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. Forward-facing car seats can easily fit in the back row, but rear-facing car seats will have a tight fit.

Rogue Sport Interior Quality

The Rogue Sport’s interior quality is average for the class. It has an assortment of hard plastics throughout the cabin, but soft-touch surfaces line all contact points.

Rogue Sport Cargo Space

This Nissan offers one of the most spacious cargo areas in the class. There is 22.9 cubic feet of space with the rear seats upright and 61.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Additionally, the Rogue Sport now comes standard with Nissan's Divide-N-Hide cargo system, which lets you store cargo under the load floor.

Rogue Sport Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Nissan added quite a few standard features for the 2019 model year, including a NissanConnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Other standard features include hands-free text messaging, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and four speakers. You can also add features like navigation, voice recognition, and a six-speaker stereo system.

The 2019 Rogue Sport’s updated infotainment system is more refined than the one from previous model years. It replaces the standard 5-inch display screen with a 7-inch touch screen, and it now features smartphone integration technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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

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Rogue Sport Performance

Rogue Sport Engine: Not Much Power

The Rogue Sport’s 141-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is a bit underpowered and struggles to get this SUV up to speed from a stop or when merging onto highways. On the plus side, its continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) mimics the smooth shifts of a traditional automatic. It’s also devoid of the droning noise that plagues many other CVTs.

Rogue Sport Gas Mileage: Par for the Class

The Rogue Sport has average fuel economy estimates for the class. Front-wheel-drive models get 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Models with all-wheel drive get 1 less mpg in the city and 2 less mpg on the highway.

Rogue Sport Ride and Handling: Not So Sporty

Don't be fooled by the Rogue Sport's name. It isn't very sporty, and reviewers say that its steering is vague. However, its handling is composed around corners, it's easy to maneuver into cramped spaces, and its ride is comfortable. This Nissan comes standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available.

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Rogue Sport Reliability

Is the Nissan Rogue Sport Reliable?

The 2019 Rogue Sport has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Nissan Rogue Sport Warranty

The Nissan Rogue Sport comes with a three year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Rogue Sport Safety

Rogue Sport Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Rogue Sport four out of five stars overall, with four stars in frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in side crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not performed crash safety tests on the 2019 Rogue Sport at the time of this writing.

Rogue Sport Safety Features

The Rogue Sport comes standard with a rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking. Nissan added a standard rear-seat reminder system for the 2019 model year. This system signals the driver to check the rear seat for things like pets or children before exiting the vehicle. Available safety features include lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree parking camera. Rear automatic braking and the ProPilot Assist semiautonomous driving system are also available. ProPilot Assist helps you steer, brake, and maintain a set speed while driving.

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Nissan Rogue Sport Dimensions and Weight

The 2019 Rogue Sport is 14.4 inches long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,261 to 3,446 pounds.

Where is the 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport Built?

Nissan builds the Rogue Sport in Japan.

Which Nissan Rogue Sport Model Is Right for Me?

The Rogue Sport comes in three trim levels: S, SV, and SL. The base trim’s standard features should satisfy most shoppers. Standard tech and safety features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, blind spot monitoring, and a rear-seat reminder system. The SV trim comes with more safety features, including pedestrian detection and rear automatic braking. This trim also has two packages available that add features like heated front seats, a 360-degree parking camera, and navigation. You may be able to save money and get the features you want by purchasing an SV trim and adding a package instead of going with the top-of-the-line SL trim. You can add all-wheel drive to any trim for an additional $1,350.

Rogue Sport S

The S trim starts at $22,340 and comes with cloth seats, manually adjustable front seats, blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, and rear cross traffic alert. It also comes with a NissanConnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, hands-free text messaging, two USB ports, Bluetooth, four speakers, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. An Appearance package, which adds alloy wheels and all-season tires, is available for $570.

Rogue Sport SV

Starting at $24,140, the SV trim has an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, six speakers, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, lane departure warning, and alloy wheels. The All-Weather package ($920) adds heated front seats, remote start, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, and fog lights. The Technology package ($2,580) adds heated front seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, navigation, HD Radio, ProPilot Assist, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree parking camera.

Rogue Sport SL

The SL has a starting price of $28,060. It comes with ProPilot Assist, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree parking camera, remote start, navigation, voice recognition, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, fog lights, and all-season tires. The Premium package costs $1,990 and adds a moonroof and LED low- and high-beam headlights.

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The Final Call

Although the 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport has a comfortable ride and a superb cargo capacity that eclipses what most of its rivals offer, it's not a great option in this class. Not only are many of its competitors more affordable, but most of them are more engaging to drive as well, offering more responsive steering, more agile handling, and more-powerful engines. Before buying the Rogue Sport, check out higher-ranking subcompact SUVs like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3.

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

  • "If you like the versatility and all-wheel drive capability of an SUV, but you’re not looking for something big, bulky or fuel-thirsty, the subcompact 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport might surprise you. A long list of advanced features helps bolster driver confidence, and a reasonable price removes any fear of massive monthly payments." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • But while its virtues are impressive, the Rogue Sport is outrun — literally — by its faster Honda and Mazda rivals, and it also struggles to deliver the refinement of other competitors. Overall, we think the Rogue Sport is a good choice if utility is a priority, but it's worth considering some of the more well-rounded choices in the class." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "At the end of the day, the Rogue Sport presents as a small CUV with average performance within its segment but offering a compelling array of available safety, driver-assist and connectivity technologies. In other words, it checks all the boxes Nissan believes will be important to drivers over the next several years." -- Autotrader (2018)
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