2019 Nissan Rogue

Performance


#12 out of 18 in Compact SUVs

$25,020 MSRP
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2019 Nissan Rogue Performance Review

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Performance: 6.9

The 2019 Nissan Rogue’s compliant handling and relaxed ride help make it a good commuter vehicle. On the downside, its engine is underpowered compared to competitors’, and its transmission makes poor use of what power there is. While some rivals offer a more potent engine option, this Nissan does not.

  • "The Rogue’s ride quality is excellent, and it gives the SUV an overall relaxed gait, which most buyers in this segment will appreciate. Also, the Rogue’s cabin is quiet; even at highway speeds it keeps the sounds of the outside world outside. Visibility is excellent and the Nissan’s maneuverability is admirable, although the Mazda CX-5 is quite a bit more fun to drive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Its sole four-cylinder engine and sluggish continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) drag down an otherwise competent package, and there's nary a hint of handling spirit that you'll find in the Rogue's competitors from Honda, Mazda or even Chevrolet." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • Although the Rogue will easily maintain freeway speeds, passing on two-lane roads would require a lot of planning. Helping the engine in its momentum mission is an Xtronic continuously variable transmission, but even that infinitely adaptable ‘gearbox’ has its drawbacks. Indeed, full-throttle inputs resulted in a lot of high-RPM droning thanks to the CVT, and increased volume didn't always mean increased speed, especially if hilly driving is on the itinerary." -- Truck Trend (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The only engine offered in the Rogue is a 170-horsepower four-cylinder that has enough power for highway driving but provides slow acceleration. The engine is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission that drones at high speeds. With front-wheel drive, the Rogue delivers 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which are excellent numbers for the class. With all-wheel drive, it gets 1 less mpg in the city and on the highway.

  • "Our biggest complaint behind the wheel? The Rogue should simply be faster, and that's not just the opinion of a car enthusiast who enjoys strong acceleration." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • There's a rubber-band sensation that's typical of CVTs, meaning a noticeable delay between the application of the gas pedal and the delivery of acceleration. In most other ways, the Rogue is an easy-driving vehicle." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Nissan does not offer a punchier engine option as some competitors do." -- Cars.com (2017)

Handling and Braking

The Rogue has composed handling through curvy roads, as well as a smooth and quiet ride over most road surfaces. It’s maneuverable in tight spaces, which makes parking a breeze. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available in all trims.

  • "Nissan’s special sauce with the 2019 Rogue is its size. It’s perfect. The SUV is large enough to feel spacious inside and substantial on the road, but it’s also nicely compact, so it’s easy to park and it doesn’t feel like a barge around town." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Despite the large 18-inch wheels on our top-level SL test model, the ride quality was pleasantly smooth. The Rogue is an easygoing SUV that makes long road trips feel enjoyable." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "We've always found the Rogue to have above-average steering for the class. It should come as no surprise that such remains the case. In terms of the typical consumer experience, this manifests itself most obviously with the Rogue's willingness to hold a steady line down even a crowned country road, never once wandering without warning. This isn't the sort of car where a half-second's distraction from the road will result in a meandering drift into a neighboring lane. From an enthusiast's perspective, it means you can toss the Rogue into corners predictably and consistently. This isn't a sporty car, but it's not just a rolling lounge chair either." -- Left Lane News (2017)
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