2018 Nissan Rogue

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MSRP: $24,800 - 32,530

2018 Nissan Rogue Review

The 2018 Nissan Rogue has an impressive cabin with a long list of safety and infotainment features. However, its performance will likely leave you underwhelmed, resulting in this SUV's midpack ranking.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 8.2
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Upscale interior
  • Spacious, versatile cargo area
  • Top-tier gas mileage
  • Lots of advanced safety features, even in base model
  • Underpowered engine
  • Noisy transmission

New for 2018

  • ProPILOT Assist advanced driver assistance system now available
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard in all models
  • Third row no longer available

Is the Nissan Rogue a Good SUV?

The Rogue is a decent SUV. It hits all the marks for an everyday utility vehicle, including excellent cargo capacity, plenty of safety systems, and good fuel economy. Its interior is also decorated with high-quality materials. Still, the Rogue has anemic performance, including slow acceleration and a noisy transmission.

Should I Buy a Nissan Rogue?

If you want a comfortable and well-equipped compact SUV that's also a practical daily driver, the Rogue is a solid choice. The Rogue has a high price tag for the class, but it does offer a lot of safety features for the money. It’s also the only model in the class with a semiautonomous driver assistance system.

Still, the Rogue isn't necessarily the only choice in this very competitive class. Some lower-priced rivals may offer more power, better handling, or more of the features you want. You'd be smart to check out other well-rounded SUVs like the Honda CR-V, or another popular seller like the Toyota RAV4.  

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Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Rogue?

For 2018, Nissan introduced its ProPILOT driver assistance system in the Rogue. This system is a suite of technologies that can autonomously steer, accelerate, and brake the Rogue under certain conditions. Nissan also introduced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the Rogue for the first time; they are standard features. If the availability of these features isn't a deal-breaker, you may want to consider shopping for an otherwise-identical 2017 Rogue to save some money. Additionally, if you were hoping for a 3-row model, you'll only find it as a used car; Nissan axed the option for 2018.

Shopping for a used Rogue could likely save you thousands of dollars over a new model, especially if you look at older models than the 2017. You'll have to weigh your potential savings against the value of the improvements made for every year, such as the 2017 model's interior and exterior refresh. Adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection were also first available for that model year. For 2016, automatic emergency braking, Siri Eyes Free, and an emergency telematics system were made available.

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Nissan Rogue. 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 analyzed 44 Nissan Rogue reviews to give you an idea of this SUV’s pros and cons. We’ve also included fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and more to help you decide if the 2018 Rogue is the right option for you. This 2018 Nissan Rogue review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2014 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does a Nissan Rogue Cost?

The Rogue S starts at $24,800 with front-wheel drive, making it one of the most expensive base models in the class. Still, the Rogue S comes standard with a lot of features that are only optional in many rivals, including several advanced safety systems. An all-wheel-drive SL model is priced at $32,530, which is actually less than many competitors' top-of-the-line trims. 

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Nissan Rogue Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Rogue or Honda CR-V?

The Honda CR-V ranks at the top of our compact SUVs list. The Rogue just can't keep up – and we mean that literally. The CR-V has a stronger base engine and you can get it with an even more powerful turbocharged engine. Its transmission is refined and ride quality is excellent. We named the CR-V our 2018 Best Compact SUV for the Money and 2018 Best Compact SUV for Families because of its upscale cabin, two rows of spacious seats, and cavernous cargo space. One way the Rogue comes out on top: it has more standard features than the CR-V. Otherwise, the Honda is the clear winner.

Which Is Better: Nissan Rogue or Toyota RAV4?

The Toyota RAV4 and the Nissan Rogue are fairly evenly matched. Both of these SUVs have similarly high starting prices and underwhelming engine power. On the other hand, they both come with lots of standard features. The Rogue gets better gas mileage, while the RAV4 feels sufficiently fast for both city and highway driving. You'll also get nicer materials in the Rogue's cabin, as well as a more advanced infotainment system equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Those aren’t available in the RAV4.

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Rogue Interior

How Many People Does the Rogue Seat?

The Rogue is a five-seat, 2-row SUV that comes standard with cloth upholstery. Optional comfort upgrades include leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. The driver and front passenger will enjoy supportive seats that offer ample headroom. Tall adults may wish for more headroom in the back, but they will have plenty of legroom. The second-row seats can slide to give back-seat passengers even more legroom, though at the expense of cargo space. The cabin is thoroughly insulated, so little road noise can be heard inside the vehicle.

Rogue and Car Seats

The outboard rear seats each have a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors, while the middle rear seat has only an upper tether anchor.

Rogue Interior Quality

The cabin has excellent build quality and an appealing, contemporary design. Premium materials abound, and the plastic that is used is soft to the touch.

Rogue Cargo Space

Few compact SUVs offer as much cargo space as the Rogue’s 39.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 70 cubic feet with the seats folded. All models have the praiseworthy Divide-N-Hide cargo system, which features two movable platforms that you can use to create shelves or hide your items.

Rogue Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Every trim level is equipped with lots of tech features, including a standard NissanConnect touch-screen infotainment system that has newly added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Still, the system isn't quite as sleek as those in some rivals, with drab graphics and a relatively small display. Adjusting audio settings is mostly easy thanks to physical buttons and knobs placed around the screen. Other standard or optional interior features include a Bose premium audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, and navigation.

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Rogue Performance

Rogue Engine: Adequate Acceleration Around Town

The Rogue's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine isn't especially powerful. While it works well enough in stop-and-go city traffic and on the freeway, it needs time to get up to high speeds. The automatic transmission (CVT) is part of the problem; it is slow to deliver power, causing a delay between the driver pressing the gas pedal and the vehicle accelerating. The CVT can also be very noisy.

Rogue Gas Mileage: Great for a Compact SUV

The Rogue gets 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive. Models with all-wheel drive get 1 mpg less in both city and highway driving. These figures are excellent for the class.

Rogue Ride and Handling: Comfortable and Composed

The Rogue's ride and handling are balanced, providing a comfortable ride and confident cornering abilities. It's not a sporty vehicle, but it handles turns with little body roll. The power steering system is well-tuned to maintain a straight line while cruising on the highway, but it's light enough to allow for easy low-speed maneuvering. The Rogue comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available.

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Rogue Reliability

Is the Nissan Rogue Reliable?

The 2018 Rogue has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. This is an average score across the industry.

Nissan Rogue Warranty

The 2018 Nissan Rogue comes with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Rogue Safety

Rogue Crash Test Results

The Rogue earns somewhat low crash test scores for a compact SUV, with a four-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Rogue has four out of five stars in the front crash and rollover tests, and five stars in the side crash test. Many competitors earn perfect five-star ratings in more categories.

However, the Rogue scored well in tests at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It was named a 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick because it aced five individual crash tests, and it received the highest mark of Superior for its front crash prevention technologies. It also scored Acceptable for headlight performance. However, the Rogue missed out on the highest Top Safety Pick+ designation because it didn’t undergo the passenger-side small overlap test.

Rogue Safety Features

Several advanced safety systems come standard in the 2018 Rogue, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera. Few rivals have as many systems in their base trims. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, a surround-view camera, and the new-for-2018 ProPILOT Assist system. The ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system can autonomously steer, accelerate, and brake the Rogue under certain conditions. Of course, the car isn't completely self-driving, so drivers still need to stay alert and be prepared to take control if necessary.

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Which Nissan Rogue Model Is Right for Me?

Most buyers should go for the SV trim. The front-wheel-drive version only costs around $1,200 more than the base S model, but it adds lots of features – like a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. You can further add to the SV with a few option packages. If safety is a top priority, consider the top-of-the-line SL model. It has more advanced safety systems and is available with the all-new ProPILOT Assist system, which can autonomously accelerate, brake, and steer in certain conditions.

All trims come equipped with a four-cylinder engine, an automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive as standard. All-wheel drive is a $1,350 option in all models.

Nissan Rogue S

The base Rogue S starts at $24,800 and comes standard with cloth upholstery, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera. There are no available option packages for the S trim.

Nissan Rogue SV

Priced at $26,020, the midgrade SV model adds an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, push-button start, and a hands-free power liftgate.

The SV Premium package ($1,490) gets you navigation, a voice recognition system, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree camera. The SV Sun and Sound Touring package ($3,220) has all the features from the SV Premium package, plus a panoramic moonroof and a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system.

Nissan Rogue SL

The range-topping SL model costs $31,180 and has leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, HD Radio, navigation, lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree camera.

The SL Premium package ($1,820) comes with a panoramic moonroof and LED headlights. The SL Platinum package ($790) adds an electronic parking brake and the ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system. The SL Platinum Reserve Interior package ($250) comes with upgraded leather-appointed seats and unique piano black interior trim pieces. Packages in the SL model are progressive. This means you need the SL Premium package if you want the SL Platinum package, and both the SL Premium and SL Platinum packages if you want the SL Platinum Reserve Interior package.

Check out our Best Price Program for great savings at your local Nissan dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Nissan deals page.

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The Final Call

The Rogue is worth considering when shopping for a compact SUV. You may find that its comfortable and feature-filled cabin makes up for its subpar engine power and noisy transmission. Still, before you buy, you'd be wise to test drive competitors like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, or Mazda CX-5. They all have strengths of their own and may better meet your desires for a new vehicle.

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

  • "The Rogue is enticing, yes, but it doesn't do much to stand out from the pack or measure up to its namesake." -- Edmunds
  • "That the Rogue is Nissan's new sales darling and one of the most popular vehicles in its class isn't surprising. What it lacks in propensity for road romping, it makes up for in the more widely appreciated virtues of comfort, size, and convenience." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • "There's almost nothing to deter us from recommending the Rogue wholesale, thanks to its all-around proficiency at doing things that crossover shoppers love. The improved styling and comfort are just a bonus that will put the Rogue back on the shopping lists of crossover buyers everywhere." -- Truck Trend (2017)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: November 21, 2018

Robust Demand: The Nissan Rogue was in very high demand in 2017, and the trend continues in 2018. So far this year, sales of the Rogue are up 3.2 percent relative to the same span a year ago, and it’s one of the top-selling compact SUVs.

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