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2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Review

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport offers a spacious cargo area and a comfortable ride, but its slow acceleration contributes to its place in the bottom half of our subcompact SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding cargo capacity
  • Relaxed ride
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Outdated infotainment features

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport's #7 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Rogue Sport has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 16 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Overview

Is the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport a Good Used SUV?

The 2018 Rogue Sport's abundant cargo space and balanced ride make it a decent used subcompact SUV for families. Don’t be fooled by the name, however; there’s nothing “sporty” about this Nissan’s powertrain. Shoppers looking for some fun behind the wheel may want to consider the 2018 Mazda CX-3 instead.

The 2018 Rogue Sport has several strengths:

  • Excellent cargo capacity
  • Soft-touch materials throughout the cabin
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Easy to maneuver through tight spaces
  • Composed ride

But it has a few weaknesses as well:

  • Underpowered engine
  • Vague steering
  • Lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
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We’ve analyzed 20 Nissan Rogue Sport reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport?

Based on our site’s listings for the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport, the average price is $19,300, which is slightly below average for the class. Prices range from $15,300 to $24,500 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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

At the time of writing, we do not have projected ownership costs for the 2018 Rogue Sport.

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

The 2019 Rogue Sport starts at $22,340 and comes with more standard and available features than the 2018 model. The new Rogue Sport adds a standard rear-seat reminder that cues you to check the back seat before leaving the vehicle. It also now comes standard with the Divide-N-Hide cargo system and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The 2019 model is available with rear automatic braking and ProPilot Assist, which bundles lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. You'll probably spend less on a used 2018 model, but you'll miss out on those added features.

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The Rogue Sport was an all-new model for 2017, and there were no major changes for 2018. If you're sticking with a used model, consider a 2017 Rogue Sport over a 2018 model. It will likely cost less, and you won't sacrifice any features.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport?

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport 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 Sport Recalls

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

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Which Used Nissan Rogue Sport Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport comes in three trims: S, SV, and SL. Halfway through the model year, Nissan began producing a 2018.5 S trim that added more driver assistance technology to the base model. This trim makes a good starting point when shopping. If you want the Divide-N-Hide cargo system, you'll need to move up to at least the SV trim. For additional comfort and technology features like heated front seats and navigation, look for a Rogue Sport SL.

  • Nissan Rogue Sport S: All base S trim models come with cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system with a 5-inch display, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system, a USB port, and satellite radio. The 2018.5 S trims add blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking.
  • Nissan Rogue Sport SV: The SV trim adds a Divide-N-Hide cargo system, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, push-button start, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a six-speaker audio system.
  • Nissan Rogue Sport SL: The SL trim features fog lights, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, a 360-degree parking camera, remote start, voice recognition, leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated outside mirrors, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped shift knob.

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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.

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

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How Safe Is the Nissan Rogue Sport?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2018 Rogue Sport.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring (standard in 2018.5 models)
  • rear cross traffic alert (standard in 2018.5 models)
  • automatic emergency braking (standard in 2018.5 models)
  • pedestrian detection
  • 360-degree parking camera
  • lane departure warning

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2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Versus the Competition

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

The 2018 Nissan Rogue is a compact SUV so it will likely cost more than the Rogue Sport, but it's worth the investment if you need a more expansive cabin. Besides its additional passenger and cargo space, the Rogue comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration (unavailable in the Rogue Sport) and some safety features that don't come standard in the Rogue Sport (like forward collision warning). In addition, fuel economy figures are slightly better for the Rogue, even though it's a larger vehicle. Both SUVs feature vague steering and an underpowered engine, but the Rogue is a more well-rounded option.

Which Is Better: 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport or 2018 Mazda CX-3?

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is a sporty subcompact SUV, and it's a much better option for those who prefer engaging driving dynamics. The CX-3 is a joy to drive because it combines agile handling, eager acceleration, plenty of steering feedback, and a comfortable ride into one well-made package. It also has a modern cabin that features a large standard infotainment display, and it has some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class. The Rogue Sport offers more passenger and cargo space and a marginally higher predicted reliability rating, but the CX-3 is a better all-around choice.

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2018 Rogue Sport Performance

How Does the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Drive?

The Rogue Sport's performance doesn’t reflect the “Sport” in its name. While it delivers a comfortable ride and composed handling, its steering is vague. Worse, the Rogue Sport's standard four-cylinder engine doesn't provide much power. This is most apparent on the highway, where the Rogue Sport takes quite a while to get up to speed. The engine is paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that nicely mimics the smooth shifts of a conventional automatic transmission, without the droning noise often associated with CVTs.

  • Base engine: 141-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Rogue Sport has average fuel efficiency for the class.

  • With FWD: 25/32 mpg city/highway
  • With AWD: 24/30 mpg

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2018 Rogue Sport Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Rogue Sport Seat?

The 2018 Rogue Sport seats five people in two rows. The front row features adult-friendly seats that offer plenty of comfort and support for extended trips. The rear seats aren’t as spacious, so adults won't want to sit back there for long.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • manually adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • heated outside mirrors
  • heated steering wheel
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • leather-wrapped shift knob
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport?

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Features

The Rogue Sport's standard infotainment system features a small 5-inch display. A 7-inch touch-screen is available, but it responds slowly to user inputs, and its graphics are dated.

  • Standard infotainment features: an infotainment system with a 5-inch display screen, a four-speaker audio system, a USB port, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, navigation, and voice recognition
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and remote start

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2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Dimensions

Nissan Rogue Sport Cargo Space

The Rogue Sport has one of the roomiest interiors in the subcompact SUV class. It has up to 22.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back row and up to 61.1 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. The available Divide-N-Hide cargo system provides a storage compartment under the cargo floor.

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 Sport Length and Weight
  • Length: about 14 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: around 3,230 to 3,425 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Built?

Nissan built the 2018 Rogue Sport in Japan.

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