2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.2

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport features mostly quality cabin materials. There are decent amounts of seating space and comfort, as well as ample cargo room. However, the Rogue Sport’s infotainment system is underwhelming and outdated.

  • "The dashboard is shared with the larger Rogue, but it doesn't use quite the same materials – the Rogue can be optioned up to be quite luxurious, while the Rogue Sport's less expensive, sportier mission keeps the fancy stuff away. It's still nice, with soft-touch materials and no obvious ergonomic problems, so you don't feel like you're driving something cheaper." -- Cars.com
  • "Interior materials are first-rate, with plenty of soft surfaces. Leather seating, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are available." -- Autotrader
  • The interior is nicely trimmed for those prices, even if some of the cheaper plastic surfaces keep it from being as rich-looking as the cabins of the Mazda CX-3 or the Kia Soul." -- Car and Driver

Seating

The Nissan Rogue Sport accommodates five on standard cloth seats, with a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat and a four-way manually adjustable passenger seat. Available upgrades include a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped shift knob. There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors and a middle tether anchor, but the system hasn't been evaluated for its ease of use.

The Rogue Sport has comfortable and spacious front seats that provide a good driving position. The rear seats offer adequate head- and legroom for adult passengers.

  • "Unavoidably, the Rogue Sport's one-foot chop trims about 4.5 inches of rear seat legroom compared to the standard Rogue. It's still rated as a 5-passenger vehicle, but horse-trading between the first- and second-row occupants will be necessary in order to seat even four adults in reasonable comfort. I was able to park my 6-foot 2-inch frame in the rear seat with the front seat adjusted for comfortable driving, but I wouldn't want to travel much distance without taking a break." -- New York Daily News
  • "In the driver's seat we get the sense we're in a bigger vehicle thanks to the upright position and a beltline that doesn't creep too high. The front row feels spacious, and had we not seen the car from outside beforehand, we could've been fooled into believing we were sitting in a CUV from the next segment up in size. Even with the moonroof, headroom feels ample. As for the rear seat, there are no illusions there. It's a bit more cramped, particularly when it comes to legroom, but it seems a perfectly comfortable place to ride around town for an evening, if not for an extended road trip." -- Autoblog
  • "In the front seats, size differences from the Rogue aren't apparent at all. It still has plenty of legroom and comes within a fraction of an inch in terms of width, so the front occupants aren't cramped or claustrophobic in the slightest. … Backseat space in the Sport is noticeably smaller than that in the Rogue, but that doesn't mean it's inadequate. The big Rogue's rear legroom is astonishing thanks to its sliding backseat, but chopping a couple of inches out to make the Rogue Sport changes that from 'amazing' to merely 'comfortable.' My knees did not touch the front seatback, I had room for my feet and I still had plenty of headroom despite the presence of a moonroof." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Rogue Sport include a 5-inch audio display, a rearview camera, Siri Eyes Free, hands-free text messaging, a four-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio. Optional features include two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a six-speaker audio system, proximity-key entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, remote start, heated outside mirrors, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, NissanConnect services, navigation, voice command activation, a moonroof, LED headlights, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

The Rogue Sport's standard infotainment system is very basic, and the upgraded touch-screen interface has outdated graphics and slow processing times. The additional exclusion of smartphone integration like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto limits its appeal. Physical controls are present for functions like audio and climate control.

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  • "Infotainment offerings are a letdown, though: A tiny 5.0-inch screen with limited functionality comes standard, and even the optional 7.0-inch touchscreen looks stale, with dated graphics and no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility. That's a significant omission considering the young, tech-savvy buyers Nissan has set squarely in its sights." -- Car and Driver
  • "Where the Rogue Sport falls behind competitors is in its tech game. The NissanConnect infotainment system has the basics, including a 7-inch touchscreen, navigation, voice recognition and Bluetooth, but the system lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. Disappointingly, the system in my test car also suffered from lag issues when changing radio stations and moving between menus. Power outlets to juice up smart devices are also limited, with only a single USB port and 12-volt power outlet at the bottom of the center stack." -- CNET
  • "Given the target demographic, Nissan supplies ample power ports for charging mobile technology and handy storage for same in the console. Handy analog knobs and buttons for audio and climate adjustments augment the touchscreen infotainment system, thereby requiring little eyes-off-the-road time of the driver." -- New York Daily News

Cargo

The Nissan Rogue Sport has 22.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 61.1 cubic feet with them folded. These values are high for the class. The optional Divide-N-Hide cargo system provides discrete storage under the trunk floor.  

  • "Smart interior packaging means that the Rogue Sport's cargo space-23 cubic feet behind the second row and 61 cubes with the rear seats folded-is in the hunt with the Compass and the remarkably cavernous HR-V with the rear seats up and ahead of both rivals with all seats folded." -- Car and Driver
  • "The cargo bay has plenty of room for suitcases, and the trick false floor can be removed for extra space or left in place for a flat load floor with the rear seats folded." -- Automobile Magazine
  • The main differences between the Rogue and Rogue Sport come in back, where the cargo capacity drops from 31.0 cubic feet in the larger SUV (with no third row) to 22.9 cubic feet in the Sport. With the rear seats folded, that difference grows with 70.0 cubic feet in the Rogue and 61.1 cubic feet in the Rogue Sport. But this shouldn't imply that the Sport isn't useful and versatile, as this is still a considerable size for a small SUV – the closest competitor in terms of size and mission is the Subaru Crosstrek, itself a compact car priced in the subcompact SUV territory." -- Cars.com

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