Flash Drive

2018 Nissan Rogue

Model Tested: 2018 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

For the 2018 model year, the Nissan Rogue is on the move again – led by the addition of available ProPILOT Assist technology, which provides assisted steering, braking and accelerating during single-lane highway driving.

Engine:2.5-liter 4-cylinder, 170 horsepower, 175 lb-ft torque

Transmission: CVT automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive

EPA Rating: 25-mpg city/32-mpg highway/27-mpg combined

Base Price: $32,410

As Tested: $36,230


Good fuel economy for an SUV—our best was 26.3 mpg

Eco mode

Acceptable horsepower, a little more wouldn’t hurt

Engine can be a little noisy when working hard

The Nisan Rogue has a power tailgate with ample clearance and a flat loading deck.

Smooth highway ride

Confident off-road manners

Standard Automatic Emergency Braking


Excellent heated front seats

Driver power lumbar adjustment

Thick, contoured, heated, flat bottom leather wheel

Good range tilt/telescopic column

Excellent rear seat knee/legroom

Great rear seat shoe room under front seats

Stretch-out driver and front passenger legroom

The high quality interior features ample space in both seating rows. The seats are very comfortable and supportive.

Oversized passenger side shoe room

Rear doors open extra wide

Quality carpet and interior materials

Second row seats have lots of forward/back adjustability

Adjustable recline for rear seats

Wide rear armrest with cupholders

Very low second row floor hump

Adults can fit in center position although cushion is quite firm


Power tailgate with adequate clearance

Wide rear opening

No lift-over

Flat cargo deck

Huge recessed area under cargo deck (where optional 3rdrow seats store)

The heated, contoured, flat bottom, leather-trimmed steering wheel is a pleasure to hold.

Small gap between folded seats and cargo deck

Two oversize seatback pouches

Very small rear door bins

Medium front door bins

Large glovebox, but no lock

Deep console bin

Big visors with 6-inches of sliding adjustability

WOW Factors:

Impressive standard safety features

Great front seats—comfortable and supportive

Very roomy interior


Overly busy grille/front styling

The 2018 Nissan Rogue is relatively compact on the outside and surprisingly spacious on the inside.

Too small rear door bins

Eco mode button too low on dashboard

Bottom Line:

The 2018 Nissan Rogue is a spacious, very comfortable compact SUV that has an impressive array of high tech safety features. It has lots of upscale features, but is affordably priced. Third row seats are available, but five-passenger iteration has superior cargo capacity.