2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.3

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport has good build quality, comfortable and supportive front seats, and plenty of cargo space. Still, there are some hard surfaces, and critics complain about the Rogue Sport's dated infotainment system.

  • 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 (2017)
  • "Interior materials are first-rate, with plenty of soft surfaces. Leather seating, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are available." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "Build quality and materials are up to snuff with others in the segment, with a mixture of soft-touch and hard panels." -- CNET (2017)

Seating

The Nissan Rogue Sport seats five on cloth seats. There's a standard six-way manually adjustable driver's seat and a four-way manually adjustable passenger seat. Optional features include leather seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats.

The front seats provide enough space for all-day comfort. The rear seats offer less space but can accommodate adults for quick trips.

  • The front seats are straight out of the Rogue, which is to say they're comfortable and supportive. The rear seats are a different story, and although they're fine for short hops, we doubt five adults would pick the Rogue Sport for a 12-hour road trip; a quick trip to lunch shouldn't be a burden." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • And as far as packaging goes, the back seat gets tight when the front seats are at their full rearward travel, but it's generally tolerable for adults – and fine for kids." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features

The Rogue Sport's standard features include a 5-inch audio display, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot warning, automatic emergency braking, hands-free text messaging, two USB ports, and a four-speaker audio system. Available features include a six-speaker audio system, navigation, voice recognition, a 7-inch touch screen, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated outside mirrors, remote start, a moonroof, fog lights, a 360-degree camera, high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and LED headlights.

Both infotainment systems are antiquated. The standard system has a small 5-inch screen, and neither setup offers smartphone integration features like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. On the plus side, physical audio and climate control knobs are present for users who don't want to use touch controls.

  • "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." -- CNET (2017)
  • "The one big downside is the infotainment system, which stands out as a glaring anachronism with its tiny screen, hard to find buttons, and lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The Rogue Sport uses the same archaic optional 7-inch display we've seen in Nissan products for years now (a tiny 5-inch unit is standard), with no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in sight, and an interface that is well behind the state of the art in the industry. There's also only one USB port and a single 12-volt power outlet for the whole car." -- Cars.com (2017)

Cargo

The Nissan Rogue Sport has 22.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 61.1 with them down. Those numbers are above average for the class. You can add an optional Divide-N-Hide cargo system that allows you to stow additional cargo underneath the trunk floor.

  • "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 (2017)
  • At 22.9 cubic-feet with the split rear seat raised and 61.1 cubic-feet with them folded, there is a proportional decrease in cargo space moving from the Rogue to the Rogue Sport. However, these numbers are entirely in line with the cargo space offered in the Honda HR-V and Jeep Compass and represent improvement over the Jeep Renegade and Chevrolet Trax." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "Smart interior packaging means that the Rogue Sport's cargo space … 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 (2017)

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