2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

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Updated: September 10, 2019

2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

The 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport compact crossover came along to replace the quirky little Juke, and takes a more practical approach to urban commuting. It’s bigger, easier to drive smoothly, and less money, too—and it’s at its best around town.

The 4-cylinder engine makes a modest 141 horsepower, and it’s tuned for efficiency, paired as it is to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The available all-wheel-drive system is designed more for all-weather driving than off-road adventure.

For 2019 the Rogue Sport gets automatic emergency braking as standard equipment in the S model, while the top SL model gets the suite of active safety and electronic guidance features that Nissan calls ProPilot Assist. They system combines automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors.  

The EPA rates the front-wheel-drive Rogue Sport at 25 mpg city, 32 highway, 28 combined, while the all-wheel-drive model gets about 1 mpg less.

The NHTSA gives the Rogue Sport four stars overall in safety, including four stars for front- and rollover-crash protection.

Model Lineup

The Rogue Sport S at about $24,000 offers great value. Standard equipment includes automatic emergency braking, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, one USB port, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It has 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, but for $570 you can get 17-inch alloys. 

The SV adds safety equipment such as blind-spot monitors, active lane control, rear automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. 

A fully loaded SL can cost as much as $32,000. It offers leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, premium audio, 19-inch wheels, navigation, a surround-view camera system, ProPilot assist, keyless ignition, dual-zone climate control, moonroof and LED headlights.

All-wheel drive is optional for $1,350.

Exterior

The Rogue Sport plays its styling cards safely. Naturally it tries to look like its big brother the mid-size Rogue, and succeeds. It copies the Rogue’s V-shaped grille, and steals its front bumper. The rear end leaves the Rogue behind, no pun intended, with a tall tailgate. 

Interior

In the cabin, the Rogue Sport adopts the same look as the Rogue, too. The dash is divided horizontally, with buttons and knobs above and below, offering good control for focused drivers. 

The front seats are comfortable for hours, although adjustment is manual in the S and SV. 

The rear seat is small, with 33 inches of legroom, but children fit well. Behind the seat, there’s 20 feet of cargo space, more than rivals and way more than the trunk of a compact sedan. With the rear seat folded down the Rogue Sport can hold more than 53 cubic feet, enough for runs to the big-box store. The optional cargo storage system uses dividers on the floor to carry or store things, such as groceries. 

Nissan’s infotainment system isn’t as sharp as others, but standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility helps. 

Driving Impressions

The 2.0-liter inline-4 makes 141 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque, and it’s mated to a CVT that handles the middling power with reasonably smooth operation. Around town, the Sport points and shoots like an urban runabout, and the CVT offers good responses. 

The steering ratio is relatively slow, but the steering is well-weighted, so the car tracks true at both slow and fast speeds. 

The suspension is struts and springs in front and an independent rear multi-link in rear, and it does a good of quieting fussy roads. The 17-inch alloy wheels and tires provided a smoother ride than the 19-inchers on the SL.

Final Word

The 2019 Rogue Sport gives Nissan shoppers a choice that’s smaller than the Rogue, without giving up its crossover-SUV practicality. Acceleration isn’t the priority: space and efficiency are its strong suits, especially given the Rogue Sport’s lower base price.