While it’s available with lots of driver-assistance technology and a fuel-saving hybrid powertrain, the Nissan Rogue trails more refined and fun-to-drive rivals. Still, its raised seating height and available all-wheel drive check the boxes that crossover buyers desire. The gasoline version has excellent fuel economy but apathetic acceleration and noisy operation. Likewise, the 2019 Rogue lacks the combination of agility and luxury found on top alternatives such as the Honda CR-V and the 10Best-winning Mazda CX-5. Instead, the Nissan uses handsome exterior styling and useful cargo space to attract attention.
What’s New for 2019?
The Rogue adds new packages and makes several driver-assist features standard. Every model now has forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. All models also now have a reminder to check the back seat after the engine is turned off. The SV and SL models add rear automated emergency braking and rear parking sensors as standard. The top-of-the-line SL also has standard ProPilot Assist, which was previously optional. The new Special Edition package includes 17-inch wheels, heated front seats, chrome exterior accents, and more. The new Premium package brings 18-inch wheels, an electric parking brake, and ProPilot Assist technology class c rv covers.
Nissan Rogue Pricing and Which One to Buy
SV hybrid: $28,645
SL hybrid: $33,935
The standard front-drive version features a 170-hp four-cylinder and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT); all-wheel drive adds $1350. Its list of desirable standard features includes heated front seats with power adjustments for the driver, a proximity key with push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. We’d also opt for the SV Premium package, which includes the semi-autonomous-driving system ProPilot Assist, navigation, a heated steering wheel, and a 360-degree camera with Nissan’s Moving Object Detection. The system does exactly what you’d expect—it detects moving objects at low speeds and alerts the driver.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Likes: Relaxed ride comfort, light steering effort.
Dislikes: Sluggish acceleration, clumsy handling, mediocre braking performance. Noisy and reluctant can describe an unsettled stomach after a supersize value meal—or the Rogue’s gasoline powertrain. The 170-hp four-cylinder and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is the standard setup. The CVT’s sluggish response and languid power delivery cause the engine to wail under heavy throttle; this powertrain seems to drag the Rogue around town rather than pull it. A hybrid is available, too—it and the Toyota RAV4 and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV are the only hybrid choices in this segment—and consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor to produce a combined 176 horsepower. Its spongy ride compromises overall control, though, causing the crossover to bob and heave around corners taken at even relatively sedate velocities. Nor does it feel planted and stable when traveling down the highway in a straight line. While the Rogue’s cornering grip was similar to its competitors in our testing, its larger dimensions and listless steering combine to make it feel unexpectedly cumbersome relative to those same compact rivals.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The front-drive model has estimates of 26 mpg city and 33 highway, while the all-wheel drive version shaves 1 mpg off both ratings. The front-drive hybrid is rated at 33 city and 35 highway while all-wheel drive drops those figures to 31 city and 34 highway. However, the anemic gas-powered Rogue—we haven’t tested the hybrid—proved less economical than advertised during our real-world 200-mile highway fuel-economy test, delivering only 28 mpg despite its rating of 32.
Interior, Infotainment, and Cargo
Likes: Stylish cabin, comfortable seats, plentiful cargo space.
Dislikes: Tight rear-seat legroom, cut-rate infotainment system, no power-adjustable passenger’s seat. The Rogue’s interior is a comfortable and attractive environment, and the Platinum Reserve Interior package takes it into luxury territory with caramel-colored leather seats—but it’s only available on the top-tier SL. The Rogue has excellent front-passenger space, but long-legged passengers may find the rear seats a bit pinched. Every Rogue has a standard infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen—called NissanConnect—with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The touchscreen is surrounded by physical buttons, which are useful, but the setup lacks a home button. The screen is low-resolution, the menus are not structured intuitively, and the small labels make the buttons difficult to identify at night. All Rogues can be equipped with 4G LTE Wi-Fi as a dealer-installed accessory. The Rogue can haul luggage with the segment’s finest, as it held a similar number of carry-ons (22 with the rear seats folded) as the Kia Sportage and the Ford Escape. Impressive cargo volume with the seats up or down, along with decent cubby storage space, make the Nissan a practical instrument. Apart from the cabin’s cubbies and compartments, nonhybrid models come with Nissan’s Divide-N-Hide cargo system. It allows the rear floor to be raised or lowered, to be used as a shelf, or to cover hidden compartments. While we found it to be clumsy to use, it’s a creative and functional addition.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Rogue did not perform well in crash-testing. It earned a four-star rating (out of a possible five) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it was not named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, it has numerous standard driver-assistance technologies. It also can be equipped with ProPilot Assist, which uses lane-keeping assist and stop-and-go adaptive cruise control to help the driver accelerate, brake, and steer on the highway. Key safety features include:
Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
What’s New For The 2019 Nissan Rogue?
For more than a decade, drivers who have demanded excellence behind the wheel have overwhelmingly opted to take home a new Nissan Rogue. The Rogue is a compact crossover SUV with an appealing interior and exterior design and exceptional features. Since the Rogue’s launch in 2008, Nissan has periodically enhanced this smaller SUV to keep its style and features fresh and relevant. The 2019 Nissan Rogue includes several new innovations that were not available in the 2018 model year. Before you select a new compact crossover SUV to take home, spend time getting to know more about the 2019 Rogue at our Nissan dealership.
2019 Nissan Rogue
Available Trim Levels & Key Amenities
SUV shoppers have three trim levels to choose from when selecting a new Rogue to take home this year. From lowest to highest, the trims include the S, SV and SL. The SV is also available with a stunning Midnight Edition, which has upgrades and a blacked-out look. The SL is available with your choice of a hybrid or gas engine. All 2019 Rogue SUVs have been appointed with your comfort and convenience in mind. If you opt for the base S trim, your Rogue will include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on a 7-inch color touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview monitor, Siri Eyes-Free, a driver assistance display, advanced air filtration with a climate control system, power door locks, power windows, cruise control and more. The SV is the mid-level trim for 2019, and it carries several extra standard features. There is a remote engine start, mood lighting, push-button ignition, dual-zone climate control, and three power outlets. If you prefer to take home the SL, your 2019 Rogue will feature a surround-view camera, intelligent cruise control, SiriusXM radio and a premium navigation system. When you visit with our friendly sales associates, you can take a closer look at these standard features and get details about the many available upgrades and packages.
An Impressive Engine, Built to Conquer
2019 Nissan RogueWhile the style and features of the 2019 Rogue may be enough to convince some buyers that this is the right compact crossover SUV to take home, others may need to learn more about the vehicle’s performance before making a final decision. The same gas-powered engine is loaded in all trims for 2019. This 170-horsepower powertrain has a 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter DOHC engine that offers 175 foot-pounds of torque. It also includes intelligent disc braking, front-wheel drive, hill start assistance, electronic brakeforce distribution, an eco-sport driving mode, electric power steering, anti-lock vented disc brakes, a continuously variable automatic transmission and a rear and front independent suspension. The SL’s hybrid engine is a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder DOHC engine that comes with a lithium-ion battery and an Intelligent Dual Clutch system. You can compare the gas and hybrid powertrains during your test drive appointment at our Nissan dealership.
Standard Safety Gear That Is Hard to Beat
2019 Nissan RogueThe 2019 Nissan Rogue is a vehicle that inspires confidence behind the wheel. One reason for this is because all trims are loaded with numerous safety and security features. Some safety equipment that you will benefit from includes engine immobilization, a theft-deterrent feature, side guard door beams, an energy-absorbing steering column, a tire pressure monitoring system, deactivation sensors for the front airbag, roof-mounted curtain airbags, side and front airbags, active braking assistance, child safety seat latches and door locks in the back row, hood buckle creases, front and rear crumpling zones, a rear cross-traffic alert, a blind spot monitor, a breakaway engine mount, pretensioners for the front seatbelts and a few other features.
2019 Nissan Rogue Ratings & Reliability
It is relatively roomy and quiet. Power comes from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a continuously variable transmission. The CVT is not overly intrusive unless the driver tromps on the gas pedal, which results in elevated engine noise. A hybrid is also available. Our AWD Rogue delivered 24 mpg overall. The interior is spacious for the class and is nicely finished. The rear seat is very roomy. Standard safety gear includes lane departure warning and prevention, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. A standard rear-seat reminder is new for 2019. A tiny third-row seat was optional, while a backup camera was standard. A clever surround-view system was also available. The SV trim level with the Premium package will get you blind-spot and lane-departure warnings, a power liftgate, a surround-view camera system, and navigation. To get forward-collision warning, which has been shown to be effective in preventing crashes, get the SL with the Premium package. One note: Don’t confuse this Rogue with the previous model, which is outdated and was sold as the Rogue Select. Though it has a handy and compact size, cargo capacity is pretty puny and the sleek styling impedes the view aft. A rear-view camera is available; we suggest you find a Rogue fitted with the feature. The 170-hp, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine sounded a bit raspy at high revs, but averaged a respectable 22 mpg. The CVT worked well. Rogue’s ride quality is supple and its handling fairly nimble. Convenience features include keyless entry and a removable, foldable cargo organizer for the rear storage area. Most controls and buttons are large and simple to operate. However, the climate controls are mounted low and there is no radio-tuning knob.