2018 Nissan Rogue Sport

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2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Review

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport offers a relaxed ride and a generous cargo area. Still, its outdated infotainment system and languid acceleration place it in the bottom half of our rankings.




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.3
Safety: N/A
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Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding cargo capacity
  • Comfortable ride
  • Sluggish engine
  • Outdated infotainment features

Is the Nissan Rogue Sport a Good SUV?

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport is a good subcompact SUV. It has abundant cargo space, solid gas mileage estimates, and a quiet cabin. There are a few things that stop this Nissan from securing a top spot in our rankings, though. This crossover has a dated infotainment system that's slow at times and lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Performance-wise, the Rogue Sport isn't very sporty, and its sole engine struggles when getting up to highway speeds.

Should I Buy the Nissan Rogue Sport?

If you're looking for a subcompact SUV that delivers a compliant ride, good fuel economy, and plenty of cargo space, you should consider purchasing the Rogue Sport. However, there are quite a few higher-ranked rivals with similar or lower starting prices. For instance, the Honda HR-V has more passenger space than the Nissan, and its starting price is among the lowest in the class. The Mazda CX-3 also costs less than the Nissan, and its agile handling and peppy engine make it the better performer of the two. The larger Nissan Rogue costs more, but its cabin features higher-quality materials and more room than its smaller sibling.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Rogue Sport?

Nissan introduced the Rogue Sport for the 2017 model year. There haven't been any major updates for 2018, so if you're open to buying a used car, consider a 2017 Rogue Sport. It is essentially the same as the 2018 model but likely costs less.

If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overview of the 2017 Rogue Sport. Also, 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: 16 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 16 Nissan Rogue Sport reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport overview incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2017 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Nissan Rogue Sport Cost?

The front-wheel-drive Nissan Rogue Sport has a starting price of $22,110, which is above average for the subcompact SUV class and not out of place in the larger compact SUV class. You can add all-wheel drive to any trim for an additional $1,350. A maxed-out Rogue Sport SL rings in at about $36,000. For a more detailed look at each trim's price and features, read the “Which Nissan Rogue Sport Model Is Right for Me?” section below.

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Nissan Rogue Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Rogue Sport or Nissan Rogue?

While the Nissan Rogue’s base price is higher by about $2,700, it's a larger compact SUV and is worth the money if you need extra space. The Rogue also features nicer cabin materials and standard forward collision warning. Additionally, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard in the Rogue but unavailable in the Rogue Sport. Despite its larger size, the Rogue has slightly better fuel economy estimates than the Rogue Sport (26/33 mpg city/highway vs. 25/32 mpg). Each SUV has a noisy transmission and a lethargic engine. If you're budget allows for it, go for the Rogue.

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

Performance-minded subcompact SUV shoppers will prefer the Mazda CX-3 over the Rogue Sport. While the Rogue Sport has lackluster performance, the CX-3 blends speedy acceleration, athletic handling, and a comfortable ride to deliver one of the best performances in the class. This Mazda's gas mileage estimates – 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway – are also among the best in the class. Inside, the CX-3 features a more modern cabin, but its interior doesn't offer as much passenger and cargo space as the Rogue Sport. In fact, the CX-3 has a below-average cargo area and a cramped back row. Still, the CX-3 costs less and offers more overall, making it the better option.

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

The Honda HR-V has a base price of $19,670, and it packs so much value and quality into that price that we name it our 2018 Best Subcompact SUV for the Money. Although the Rogue Sport has more overall cargo space, the HR-V is more versatile. Its standard second-row Magic Seat makes it easy to turn seating space into cargo space. The Honda also delivers superior fuel efficiency than the Rogue Sport. Go with the HR-V.

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Rogue Sport Interior

How Many People Does the Rogue Sport Seat?

The Rogue Sport seats five in two rows of seats. Thanks to large windows, visibility is good all-around. The front seats (borrowed from the larger Nissan Rogue) are comfortable, supportive, and roomy. Rear-seat space, on the other hand, is tight. While the rear seats can accommodate adults, they are not ideal for long trips.

Rogue Sport and Car Seats

The Rogue Sport has two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the middle seat. The lower anchors are easily located underneath plastic covers at the back of the seat cushions. The upper tethers are located halfway down the seatbacks underneath a plastic tab. You should be able to easily fit forward-facing car seats in the back, but rear-facing car seats will feel a bit snug.

Rogue Sport Interior Quality

The Rogue Sport has a quality interior with a good number of soft-touch surfaces. The Nissan's cabin isn't completely devoid of hard surfaces, but it doesn't look out of place next to class rivals.

Rogue Sport Cargo Space

Cargo room is plentiful in the Rogue Sport. With the seats up, there's 22.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold down the second row and you'll get 61.1 cubic feet of space. Most class rivals can't compete with that number.

Rogue Sport Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Rogue Sport comes with Siri Eyes Free, hands-free text messaging, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Its standard 5-inch audio display is small, and the optional NissanConnect infotainment system isn't much of an improvement. You'll also have to step up to the second trim level and add a couple packages to get it. While it comes with a larger 7-inch touch screen, voice recognition, and navigation, the infotainment system lags when clicking through menu options, and its graphics are dated. Neither Android Auto nor Apple CarPlay is available in the Rogue Sport.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Nissan Rogue Sport Performance

Rogue Sport Engine: Doable but Not Great

The Rogue Sport only has one engine choice and it's not very powerful. The 141-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine provides slow acceleration from a standstill and struggles getting up to highway speeds. The engine is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission that is generally quiet.

Rogue Sport Gas Mileage: Typical Among Rivals

The Rogue Sport delivers an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which is on par with class rivals. Models with all-wheel drive drop to 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. By comparison, the Mazda CX-3 gets one of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class (29/34 mpg city/highway).

Rogue Sport Ride and Handling: Comfortable, but Not Very Sporty

The Rogue Sport isn't as sporty as its name suggests. However, its small size makes it easy to maneuver through tight spaces, and it has a balanced ride quality that makes it a comfortable daily driver. The steering doesn't provide much road feedback, though.

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Rogue Sport Reliability

Is the Nissan Rogue Sport Reliable?

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. This is average among all vehicles.

Nissan Rogue Sport Warranty

The Nissan Rogue Sport, like the larger Nissan Rogue, comes with a three year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Both the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V offer the same length warranties.

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Rogue Sport Safety

Rogue Sport Crash Test Results

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport. The nearly identical 2017 model received the highest rating of Good in three crash tests conducted by the IIHS.

Rogue Sport Safety Features

The Rogue Sport's standard advanced safety features include a rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot warning, and automatic emergency braking. To get additional driver assistance features, you'll have to step up to the higher trim levels and add additional packages. These available features include a 360-degree camera and adaptive cruise control. To get lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams, you'll have to purchase the SL trim and add a package.

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Which Nissan Rogue Sport Model Is Right for Me?

The Nissan Rogue Sport comes in three trim levels: S, SV, and the range-topping SL. All models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard, but you can add all-wheel drive to any trim for an additional $1,350. The base S trim has a decent number of amenities, but for the best mix of price and features, you want the SV trim with the optional Technology package. You'll get features like push-button start and dual-zone climate control with the SV, and the optional package adds features like a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring, heated front seats, and voice recognition.

Nissan Rogue Sport S

The Nissan Rogue Sport S starts at $22,110 and comes with cloth seats, a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, a four-way manually adjustable passenger seat, a 5-inch audio display, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera, satellite radio, hands-free text messaging, two USB ports, and a four-speaker audio system. You can get alloy wheels for an additional $570.

Nissan Rogue Sport SV

Retailing at $23,740, the Nissan Rogue Sport SV adds an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, automatic headlights, a six-speaker audio system, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the Divide-N-Hide cargo system. Two packages are available at this trim level. The All-Weather package ($920) adds heated front seats, heated outside mirrors, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, a leather-wrapped shift knob, remote start, and fog lights. The Technology package ($2,420) adds navigation, voice recognition, a 7-inch touch screen, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree camera.

Nissan Rogue Sport SL

The top-of-the-line Nissan Rogue Sport SL ($27,190) adds leather seats, heated front seats, heated outside mirrors, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, a leather-wrapped shift knob, fog lights, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, a 360-degree camera, remote start, and voice recognition. For $1,990, you can add the Premium package, which includes high-beam assist, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, LED headlights, and a moonroof.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport has some appealing attributes – including a large cargo area and a smooth ride – but several rivals offer more value. In addition to what the Rogue Sport provides, competitors tout nimbler handling, fresher features, and more cabin space for about the same price.

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

  • "Smaller and less expensive than its larger Rogue sibling, the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport is designed to appeal to young singles and older empty-nesters. As a subcompact SUV, the Rogue Sport offers a nice balance of features, price, accommodations and good fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • All in all though, the Rogue Sport is a capable enough package. The styling is handsome in an inoffensive way; the drive is comfortable, if not engaging; and build quality is impeccable. It's a safe bet that the Rogue Sport will be just as successful in the marketplace as the Rogue. For that I respect it, even if I don't quite love it." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • The Rogue Sport is bigger than most of its competitors inside and out, and features better safety technology as well, but it falls short in terms of multimedia options and actual sportiness." -- Cars.com (2017)
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