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Editor's Overview

A comfortable and fuel-efficient compact SUV, the perennially popular 2018 Nissan Rogue is the brand’s best-selling model and it’s one of just a few compact SUVs available as a hybrid. Offered in three trim levels, Rogue prices start just over $25,000, which is competitive for the segment that includes class-leading small SUVs, the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 as well as the Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape.

You'll Like The 2018 Nissan Rogue If...

Stylish both inside and out, the 2018 Nissan Rogue offers families and road-tripping adventurers exceptional comfort, space and value. The Rogue Hybrid is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in this class.

You May Not Like The 2018 Nissan Rogue If...

Some may find the 2018 Nissan Rogue to be light on horsepower compared to the more powerful Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage and turbocharged versions of the Subaru Forester and Ford Escape. Also, the Rogue isn't expected to hold its value quite as well as the resale leaders: Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Kia Sportage.

What's New

For 2018, Nissan has added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity to all new Rogue models. Nissan’s ProPilot Assist autonomous technology is also available for the first time on the Rogue. It helps drivers stay in their lane, navigate stop-and-go traffic and keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. A motion-activated tailgate has also been added to the SV trim level. And with 3rd-row seating gone as an option, the Rogue now comes only in 2-row, 5-passenger form.

Interior Features

The Rogue’s interior only amplifies Nissan’s reputation for high-quality, stylish cabins. There are soft-touch surfaces, tight tolerances and attractive illumination. The leather-wrapped fully adjustable flat-bottom steering wheel feels good in your hands, and its NASA-inspired “Zero Gravity” front seats -- leather-clad in SL models -- are supportive and comfortable. Legroom and headroom are good in the first and second rows, with an EZ-Flex 40/20/40-split 2nd-row bench seat that tilts and slides fore and aft in non-hybrid models. Cargo room for the non-hybrid Rogue is generous, less so in the hybrid, but the seats fold nearly flat, despite the battery’s location behind the second row.

Exterior Features

In a sea of me-too SUVs that pack the visual punch of a sheet of blank white paper, the 2018 Nissan Rogue is a standout with youthful appeal and dynamic detailing. The Rogue’s "V-motion" grille treatment, edgy headlights and "boomerang" taillights give the SUV plenty of modern design elements without it feeling overly ornate or tragically insecure.Wheel diameters can climb to 19 inches and Nissan offers a motion-activated power rear liftgate on the Rogue. Standard on SL models and optional on SVs, the power liftgate responds to a kick-motion beneath the rear bumper to power the liftgate open or closed.

Driving Impressions

Nissan’s special sauce with the 2018 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. 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. The hybrid model’s 176 horsepower isn't a significant boost over the non-hybrid's 170, but the immediate response supplied by the Hybrid's battery gives it crisper low-end performance from stoplights. It should also be noted that the Rogue Hybrid's fuel economy is significantly better than the non-hybrid Rogue.

Pricing Notes

The pricing structure for the 2018 Nissan Rogue is very direct: S (base), SV (more standard features -- this level is our strongest recommendation) -- and SL (top-of-the-line). A base Rogue S model (no Hybrid at this level) has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,750 including a $975 destination charge. The gasoline-only Rogue SV begins around $27,000, with the SV Hybrid starting about $1,000 higher. At the top tier, the Rogue SL is $32,000, with about a $1,200 premium for the Rogue SL Hybrid. You can add all-wheel drive to any model for $1,350. These prices run fairly close to comparable competitors, with the exception of the feature-richer Kia Sportage. Before you can make your best deal, check the KBB Fair Purchase Price for a better idea of what Rogues are going for in your neighborhood. At the end of the road, your resale value will be good, but not Forester/CR-V/RAV4/Sportage strong.

Notable Equipment

There are few surprises in the standard equipment of the base Rogue S: basic audio with Bluetooth phone/streaming and USB, a 7-inch touch-screen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a rearview camera, EZ-Flex seating, and the flexible Divide-n-Hide rear-cargo-storage system. Also, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Safety Alert are standard on all models. Value comes into play on the Rogue SV models. SV highlights include a power-adjust driver's seat, 6-speaker audio, heated front seats and outside mirrors, dual-zone climate control plus privacy glass and roof rails. With a Rogue SL, you'll enjoy leather seating, Bose audio, NissanConnect with 7-inch touch-screen navigation, the Around View monitor, a heated steering wheel, and the motion-activated power liftgate.

Notable Options

Option packages on the 2018 Nissan Rogue include the popular SV Sun and Sound Touring Package, which adds a laundry list of features including a panoramic sunroof, navigation and an around-view monitor. The SL Premium Package adds a power panoramic moonroof and LED headlights, and the SL Platinum Package acquires 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake, Nissan’s new ProPilot autonomous system and the peace-of-mind of Intelligent Cruise Control. Last and highest, the SL Platinum Reserve Interior reupholsters your Rogue SL in exclusive tan leather with quilted inserts and unique stitching, and the popular Midnight Edition package adds black trim and wheels.

Favorite Features

EZ FLEX SEATING SYSTEM

With this optional system, every seat in the new Nissan Rogue, aside from the driver’s seat, folds down to accommodate cargo. Yes, even the front-passenger seat fold rearwards, which makes it possible to haul long items like an 8-foot ladder or a serious surfboard.

SAFETY SHIELD TECHNOLOGIES

Nissan loads up the 2018 Rogue with advanced safety systems. Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Safety Alert are standard on all models. The Rogue SL, which is the top trim level, gets standard Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Intelligent Cruise Control.

Under the Hood

Nissan's adequate 170-horsepower inline-4 carries over in the 2018 Rogue, as does the Rogue Hybrid's fuel-pinching gasoline/electric hybrid setup. Both configurations send power to the driven wheels via Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission with driver-selectable Normal, Sport and Eco modes. The Rogue Hybrid is capable of automatically shutting off the engine and just running on the SUV's compact lithium-ion battery in order to keep the vehicle's fuel-economy numbers healthy.

2.5-liter inline-4

170 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

175 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/33 mpg (FWD), 25/32 mpg (AWD)

2.0-liter inline-4 + electric motor (Hybrid)

176 horsepower (peak output w/gasoline and electric combined)

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 33/35 mpg (FWD), 31/34 mpg (AWD)

Editors' Notes

A comfortable and fuel-efficient compact SUV, the perennially popular 2018 Nissan Rogue is the brand’s best-selling model and it’s one of just a few compact SUVs available as a hybrid. Offered in three trim levels, S, SV and SL, Rogue prices start just over $25,000, which is competitive for the segment that includes class-leading small SUVs, the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 as well as the Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape. All models, including the Rogue Hybrid, are offered with front-wheel drive (FWD) or the more winter-capable all-wheel drive (AWD). Under the hood is a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine matched with a smooth continuously variable automatic transmission. While the Rogue doesn't own hard cornering like a Mazda CX-5, or tow like the new Ford Escape, it more than excels in its day-to-day excellence.

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Feeling fun and fancy in my Rogue.

2018 Nissan Rogue

In searching for a new vehicle I kept coming back to the Nissan Rogue. It is outside appearance is very sleek and although it is not classified as a luxury vehicle the interior is nothing shy of sophisticated. The leather seats have been easy to take care of and the heated front seats leave you feeling nice and toasty. I really like the memory seat to program just the way I prefer my seat when driving. Even though it seats five, three adults would probably not fit comfortable in the back seat. In the Texas heat air is a must. The Rogue comes with dual air conditioning and rear vents to help keep the whole car cool. With my active family and sports equipment it was important to have plenty of cargo space to lug everything around. Plenty of space for groceries, luggage, and the adjustable shelves make it easy to make the perfect fit for anything. The Rogue’s gas mileage does not disappoint on daily drives and longer road trips. I have been averaging between 27-32 mpg. I have enjoyed the moonroof on these fall days and starry nights. My teenagers never complain about the entertainment system and able to keep their phones charged. Many features include automatic headlights, front and back windshield wipers at adjustable speeds, front and back defrost, rear backup camera allows additional safety measures, alerts you when someone is in your blind spot with a warning light located driver and passenger sides, airbags, navigation system, Bluetooth that allows hands free phone availability. There is some road noise and occasionally not the smoothest of rides. Overall I love my new Rogue!

- Laura R

Nissan rogue sport sl partially autonomous vehicle.

2018 Nissan Rogue SL Sport

I love my Nissan rogue sport sl. The car is very intelligent. Some examples are: we were going out of town on the first trip with the vehicle. We didn't realize all the potential the car fully had. When driving the car audibly told us the highway was shut down due to a collision. We were able to exit the highway and find a shorter route. Sure enough there was a collision on the highway and the highway was totally blocked. Good thing we exited. Also when driving down an unpaved road the car will audibly tell you unpaved road. The rogue sport sl has lane assist that helps you to stay in your lane, remote engine start, keyless entry, power mirrors, leather seats and dashboard, back up camera, an on-board hands free communication system, heated front seats, bucket seats, safety features which includes brake assist, daytime running lights, blind spot monitor, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, cross traffic alert, and integrated running lights. When we test drove the vehicle the salesman asked us if we knew what we were buying and I have to say no we didn't but we do now. The vehicle has a panoramic sunroof. I cannot say enough about this vehicle other than to tell you it is the best vehicle we have ever bought. The insurance premiums are a little high but the car is the top of the line vehicle.

- Brenda M

It has great safety features, like blind spot detection and rear camera.

2018 Nissan Rogue S

The only problem we have had with our rogue are the bearings. It drives great on side streets and the highway. It has great features like sport drive or economy drive. If you use the sport it has great pick up but eats up the gas pretty fast. If you use the economy drive you won't have as much pick up but you will save a lot of gas. It sits four comfortably but can sit 5. Has a large trunk area. You can also lay down the back row for more trunk space. It also has Bluetooth features that are easy to set up and you can also access Sirius XM. They have great safety features that include a backup camera and lights on both front doors to let you know if someone is in your blind spot. The steering wheel has radio controls on it and also the Bluetooth audio controls. The steering wheel isn't a full circle wheel. The steering wheel has a straight bottom, so if you have big legs you have more room. The seats are comfortable and there seems to be enough leg room. It has good storage space. The a c has worked great and you can control how cold or hot you would like it. The wipers work great. You also have a rear wiper for your back window that is helpful.

- Teresa S

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