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2018 Nissan Rogue Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

First-rate materials line the 2018 Nissan Rogue's cabin. Even where there are plastic surfaces, they are nicely sculpted and soft to the touch. The styling is modern and sleek, and everything is well-assembled. The Rogue's front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the rear seats have plenty of legroom. There are lots of interior tech features, including new-for-2018 smartphone integration. Few other compact SUVs can come close to hauling as much cargo as the Rogue.

  • "The Rogue's interior uses quality materials that are well-assembled. Plastics are soft to the touch, and leather surfaces feel genuine." -- Edmunds
  • "The dash layout has been updated for a cleaner, more streamlined look. With the air vents flushed and the thick and excessive painted finishes of yore replaced with slimmer, subtler chrome accents, the cabin opens up visually. Without anything overly distracting, the cockpit is well appointed and intuitive." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "The interior's new materials and excellent touch points (steering wheel, shift knob, buttons) convey a surprisingly upmarket image, one that's backed up with luxurious optional extras and a long list of standard features." -- Truck Trend (2017)

Seating

The 2018 Rogue seats five in two rows of cloth-upholstered seats. Leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are optional. The front seats are comfortable, supportive, and have plenty of headroom. The rear seats don't offer quite as much headroom, though legroom is sufficient. You can even slide the rear seats forward and backward to prioritize passenger room or cargo space. You'll have no trouble talking to other occupants as the cabin is nicely insulated from exterior noises.

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.

  • "You won't feel confined in the Rogue, whether in the front or back. The rear seats offer 9 inches of fore and aft adjustment, and both rows offer a good sense of space." -- Edmunds
  • Nissan offers its Zero Gravity front seats in the Rogue, and we found them to be more cossetting than most. There's good headroom in front but only fair legroom; in back, a higher seat cushion limits headroom under the available sunroof for 6-footers, while legroom is quite good, as is step-in height. In gas models, the rear seat moves fore and aft several inches to balance passenger and cargo room." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
  • "Immediately upon setting out along Georgia's two-lane byways, Nissan's efforts to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness are apparent. The 2017 Rogue provides a surprisingly hushed environment at freeway speeds, with only minor tire noise intrusion and some powertrain droning at full throttle." -- Truck Trend (2017)

Interior Features

The Rogue comes standard with 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.

Available upgrades include dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof, a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, HD Radio, navigation, push-button start, lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera and the ProPILOT Assist advanced driver assistance system. This advanced driver assistance system can autonomously steer, accelerate, and brake the Rogue under certain conditions. Still, drivers must stay aware and be prepared to take control if necessary.

The Rogue is very well-equipped for the class, with advanced safety and tech features in every trim level. The standard infotainment system's Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration are new for 2018. The graphics aren't particularly sharp, however, and many rivals have screens larger than the Rogue's 7-inch display. There are physical buttons and knobs for adjusting some cabin settings, which is easier than sorting through on-screen menus.

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  • "By current standards, at least, Rogue also has a relatively simple control layout. The infotainment system has volume and tuning knobs along with a number of physical buttons, with other adjustments – such as station selection – being done on the touchscreen." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
  • The … 7-inch screen seems a tad small where competitors are pushing units 8 inches or larger. The display graphics are run-of-the-mill and the available navigation system lacks pinch-to-zoom map functionality – something several competitors offer." -- Cars.com (2017)

Cargo

The Rogue has one of the highest cargo capacities in the class, with 39.3 cubic feet of room behind the second row and 70 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Not only is the Rogue's cargo area spacious, it's also versatile. This is thanks to the Divide-N-Hide cargo system, which lets you reconfigure two platforms to make shelves or cubbies to stow your items. A hands-free power liftgate is available. While it's convenient to not have to manually open the back, the power liftgate operates slowly, which may be frustrating when your arms are loaded with items you want to put down.

  • The unique configurable cargo area gives it a further advantage, but the slow-operating power liftgate detracts from its convenience." -- Edmunds
  • "Thankfully, Nissan didn't abandon the old Rogue's cargo flexibility, offering a unique Divide 'N Hide cargo management system that can be configured in 18 different ways to separate, secure, or hide cargo as needed. We used the two-piece system to create a hidden space for our camera bags when the Rogue was parked." -- Truck Trend (2017)
  • "The motion-activated tailgate turns on when a kick motion is detected by the rear bumper sensor and will automatically open and close the door. It takes some target practice though as too swift a kick and you may look silly without a dance partner." -- New York Daily News (2017)

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