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2018 Nissan Rogue Review

The 2018 Nissan Rogue has an abundance of cargo space and an attractive cabin that is loaded with features. It also has one of the lowest total cost of ownership costs among compact SUVs. However, its weak and loud powertrain keep it from rising above a midclass ranking.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale interior
  • Spacious, versatile cargo area
  • Lots of advanced safety features, even in base model
  • Top-tier gas mileage
  • Only one engine option, and it's weak
  • Noisy powertrain

New for 2018

  • ProPilot Assist advanced driver assistance system became available
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay became standard
  • Third row no longer available

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Nissan Rogue's #9 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Rogue has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 40 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2018 Nissan Rogue Overview

Is the 2018 Nissan Rogue a Good Used SUV?

The 2018 Nissan Rogue is a good used compact SUV in a very competitive class. The interior is top-notch, and there’s lots of space for people and cargo. The question you’ll need to ask: Is there enough power under the hood for my everyday needs?

The Rogue provides a number of strengths:

  • Lots of standard technology and safety features
  • Sliding second-row seats that provide good legroom
  • Cavernous cargo bay with configurable storage system
  • Cushioned ride
  • Poised handling
  • Excellent fuel economy

Unfortunately, the Rogue has a number of issues:

  • Sluggish acceleration, little highway passing power
  • Noisy powertrain

We review the Nissan Rogue Hybrid separately.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Nissan Rogue review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 44 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Nissan Rogue?

There are about 2,440 listings for the 2018 Nissan Rogue on our site, with an average list price of $20,800. Prices range from $17,000 to $25,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Nissan Rogue Cost to Own?

The 2018 Rogue’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $23,720 or $4,744 per year. That’s average for a compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Rogue?

Pricing for a 2019 Nissan Rogue starts at $24,920 and can reach upwards of $32,740. You’ll certainly pay a bit more for the 2019 than for the 2018 model, but you’ll also get more. The new Rogue has a number of newly standard driver assistance features, including lane departure warning, intelligent lane intervention, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and high-beam assist. Rear automatic breaking and rear parking sensors are newly optional features. Finally, there’s a new-for-2019 Special Edition package that features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated outside mirrors, and heated front seats.

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The Rogue was redesigned for 2014, and Nissan made few changes to it for the 2015 and 2016 model years. Start your shopping with the 2017 model, which received an interior and exterior refresh. Several available active safety features, like adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection, first appeared for 2017. The 2017 model is also the last Rogue SUV to offer an available third row. The 2018 model adds only Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features, and the ProPilot Assist advanced driver assistance system became available.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Nissan Rogue?

The Nissan Rogue has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Nissan Rogue Recalls

As of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2018 Nissan Rogue.

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Which Used Nissan Rogue Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Nissan Rogue comes in three trims: S, SV, and SL. The average shopper should be happy with the base Rogue S. It has an appealing number of standard technology and safety features, many of which are only available as options in rivals. However, the base trim isn’t available with additional features, so you’ll have to choose a higher trim if you want extra amenities.

The mid-level Rogue SV is our recommendation for the best model to buy. It comes with a hands-free power liftgate and push-button start. Additionally, you may find a Rogue SV equipped with the SV Sun and Sound Touring package, which includes navigation, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree parking camera, a panoramic moonroof, and a nine-speaker Bose premium stereo.  

  • Nissan Rogue S: The base model Nissan Rogue S 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: The Rogue SV adds a 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.
  • Nissan Rogue SL: The Rogue SL has genuine 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 parking camera.

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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.

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

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How Safe Is the Rogue?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Nissan Rogue a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in all five crash tests. All models received the highest score of Superior for front crash prevention. Rogue SL models equipped with Premium package earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead, but all other trims received the lowest Poor rating.

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the Rogue received an overall rating of four out of five stars, as well as four stars in frontal crash and rollover tests. It received five stars in side crash testing.  

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking

Available advanced safety features:

  • lane keep assist
  • pedestrian detection
  • adaptive cruise control
  • 360-degree parking camera
  • ProPilot Assist advanced driver assistance system, which can autonomously steer, accelerate, and brake the Rogue under certain conditions.

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2018 Nissan Rogue Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Nissan Rogue or 2018 Honda CR-V?

Both the 2018 Rogue and the 2018 Honda CR-V have fuel-efficient base engines and upscale interiors with elegant styling. Both also have substantial cargo capacity, but the CR-V's is larger by about five cubic feet. The Honda also has a powerful turbocharged engine option and a better safety score. You’ll pay a few thousand dollars more for a CR-V, however, and you get fewer features. Both vehicles are good, so get the one that best meets your needs.

Which Is Better: 2018 Nissan Rogue or 2018 Toyota RAV4?

If you want more power for highway driving, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is a better option than the Rogue. The RAV4’s four-cylinder engine is more muscular, has quicker acceleration, and allows you to tow more when properly equipped. If you’re ok with the Rogue’s weaker four-cylinder engine, though, you’ll get a sleeker cabin and modern connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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2018 Rogue Performance

How Does the 2018 Nissan Rogue Drive?

The 2018 Rogue’s base engine is underpowered, and the continuously variable automatic transmission doesn’t make good use of what little power there is. There’s a delay between hitting the accelerator pedal and the engine delivering power to the wheels. Acceleration is no better when you try to overtake a slower-moving vehicle.

On the plus side, the Rogue has a balanced ride, with sure-footed handling and little body roll around corners. It also rides smoothly, even over rough pavement.  

  • Base engine: 170-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Nissan Rogue Get Good Gas Mileage?

Both FWD and AWD Rogue models return outstanding fuel economy estimates for the class – the one upside to a weaker engine.

  • FWD: 26/33 mpg city/highway
  • AWD: 25/32 mpg city/highway
2018 Nissan Rogue Towing Capacity

The Rogue can tow roughly 1,100 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 Rogue Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Rogue Seat?

The 2018 Rogue seats five people in two rows. Front-row occupants will appreciate the supportive seats and ample headroom. There’s less headroom in back, but with the sliding second-row seats, you can increase the legroom to make the back seat quite roomy. The cabin features modern styling, top-notch build quality, and soft-touch plastics.   

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats

Available seating features:

  • genuine leather upholstery
  • power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • heated front seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Nissan Rogue?

There's a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors on each of the Rogue's outboard rear seats, with an additional upper tether anchor on the middle rear seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use.

2018 Nissan Rogue Features

All Rogue models come with an impressive number of standard features. The physical buttons and knobs flanking the touch screen make it easy to adjust audio settings. However, the display is relatively small, and its graphics aren’t quite as vibrant as those of rivals. 

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system, and satellite radio
  • Available infotainment features: a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, HD Radio, and navigation
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof, and push-button start

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2018 Nissan Rogue Dimensions

Nissan Rogue Cargo Space

The Rogue has loads of cargo space, with 39.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 70 cubic feet with the second row folded. Not only does the Rogue have one of the largest cargo capacities in the compact SUV class, but the space also features a handy Divide-N-Hide storage system that allows you to create shelves or stash items in cubbies. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

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 Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,454 to 3,659 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 4,590 to 4,720 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Nissan Rogue Built?

Nissan built the Rogue in Tennessee, Japan, and South Korea.

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