2019 Nissan Rogue Expert Review

4.3 Overall Score
Performance 3.9Comfort 4.4Styling 3.8Value 4.4

Editor's Overview

Comfortable, efficient and just a tad bit sporty, the 2019 Nissan Rogue stands out with its attractive pricing, roomy interior and available hybrid powertrain. And while the Rogue isn’t as much fun to drive as a Mazda CX-5, it does offer a smooth ride, a quiet cabin and plenty of high-tech features designed to keep the competition on their toes.

You'll Like The 2019 Nissan Rogue If...

The Rogue offers more interior volume than a Mazda CX-5, better fuel economy than the Ford Escape and more cargo room than a Subaru Forester. Standard driver assists and an available hybrid-engine option further bolster the Rogue’s resume.

You May Not Like The 2019 Nissan Rogue If...

If you’re looking for big horsepower or off-road ability, you’ll need to look to something like the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. The new RAV4 hybrid offers more power and performance, while a number of the Rogue’s competitors hold better resale values.

What's New

For 2019, the Rogue adds standard automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and intervention, Rear Door Alert (reminds the driver to check the rear seat) and auto high beams. Rear automatic braking and rear sonar are added to SV and SL grades, while ProPilot Assist is made standard on SL and optional on SV grades.

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 the 2019 Rogue SUV, Nissan infuses a bevy of bold colors, strong lines and aggressive wheel designs that culminate in creating an SUV that truly stands out. The Rogue has a youthful look, with a prominent “V-motion” grille and boomerang-style taillights. The side glass is fairly tall, that is, until you reach the rear-most pillar where a sharply upturned beltline creates a minor blind spot. Clever features like the available motion-activated power rear liftgate give the Rogue an upscale feel, as do the optional 19-inch wheels, panoramic glass moonroof and LED headlights.

Driving Impressions

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. 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 2019 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 $25,795 including a $995 destination charge. The gasoline-only Rogue SV begins around $27,200, with the SV Hybrid starting about $1,500 higher. At the top tier, the Rogue SL is around $32,400, with about a $150 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.

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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, the Safety Shield system, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Rear Door Alert, 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, the motion-activated power liftgate 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 ProPilot Assist with Intelligent Cruise Control.

Notable Options

Option packages on the 2019 Nissan Rogue include the S Special Addition Package that adds heated seats and mirrors, rear privacy glass and 17-inch wheels. The popular SV Sun and Sound Touring Package 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, while the SL Platinum Reserve Interior reupholsters your Rogue SL in exclusive tan leather with quilted inserts and unique stitching.

Favorite Features

EZ FLEX SEATING SYSTEM
The EZ Flex system allows all but the driver’s seat to fold flat, making accommodating large and bulky cargo a breeze. With the front-passenger seat folded flat, it’s possible to place an 8-foot surfboard in the Rogue with the rear hatch shut.

SAFETY SHIELD TECHNOLOGIES
Nissan ups the Rogue’s standing in the standard driver-assist game by not only offering lane-departure warning and intervention and automatic emergency braking, but also a blind-spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert.

Under the Hood

The 2019 Nissan Rogue SUV is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine good for 170 horsepower. The only option is a hybrid powertrain using a smaller 2.0-liter engine and electric motor for a combined output of 176 horsepower. Both engines are mated to a CVT automatic that routes power to either the front (FWD) or all four wheels (AWD). The CVT features three modes: Normal, Sport and Eco. The Rogue Hybrid can actually run solely on electric power at low speeds and for limited distances, further improving its overall fuel-economy figures.

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

Comfortable, efficient and just a tad bit sporty, the 2019 Nissan Rogue looks set to continue its success as Nissan’s best-selling model. Of course, the Rogue faces stiff competition, with similar-size SUVs offering more power, while others offer real off-road ability. But the Rogue stands out with its attractive pricing, roomy interior and an available hybrid powertrain achieving 35 mpg in highway driving. Unlike the Jeep Cherokee, the Rogue offers only one engine choice, a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder mated to a smooth-shifting, continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The Rogue isn’t as much fun to drive as a Mazda CX-5, and can’t tow as much as a Ford Escape, but it does offer a smooth ride, a quiet cabin and plenty of high-tech features.

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