2018 Nissan Rogue Review & Comparison at Larry H. Miller Nissan Corona in Corona, CA

Continuing a Tradition of Excellence in the 2018 Nissan Rogue

A new model year brings changes to a Nissan that has been providing a reliable and efficient vehicle to many customers: the Rogue. As a compact SUV, it is a good choice for many who are looking for a good balance of interior space without needing to opt for a model that will be uncomfortable and bulky on the road. It takes a lot to improve a vehicle that many people have come to love, but Nissan gives it a more provides more features for the driver, helping everyone be comfortable behind its wheel. While it has removed the option of a third-row seat, it adds much more that people truly want.

The Nissan Rogue continues to offer four trims - S, SV, Midnight Edition, and SL- to let you choose the one that has the features you are looking for.


Nissan Rogue Design

Nissan likes to get very particular with the wording of their designs. For instance, just on the front end we see the V-Motion Grille, "boomerang" headlights, and floating roof design that has helped Nissan models have a unique look that makes them instantly recognizable by those who know the features. Overall, it presents as a sport design that draws the attention of those who are passing by.

The colors available for the Nissan Rogue include Magnetic Black, Pearl White, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Caspian Blue, Monarch Orange, and two new colors: Midnight Pine and Scarlet Ember.

ProPilot Assist Making its North American Debut

Some of the most significant changes for 2018 include adding many innovative features. One such feature is the Nissan ProPilot Assist, making it the first of two Nissan models to offer it in America. While it isn't the first vehicle to ever offer it - the first was a five-door Nissan minivan in Japan - it is the first to bring it to the U.S.

The ProPilot Assist feature seeks to make driving as stress-free and comfortable as possible. You set the cruise control to the speed and distance that you want to be from the vehicle in front of you, and the system does the rest: braking, accelerating, and inputting slight steering controls to keep you centered in the lane. You need to keep your hands on the wheel or it will alert you and pulse the brake, if this is ignored, the vehicle will pull over and put the hazard lights on to make sure you are staying attentive at the wheel.

More Standard Features Inside the Nissan Rogue

Nissan responds to public sentiment and opinion, adding the features that people truly want, which is why the 2018 Nissan Rogue will now come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through a seven-inch touchscreen as standard. These systems mimic the screen of your smartphone, allowing you to have the best control of all the apps that you might need while driving.

The interior also sees a second USB Port so that your passengers can stay charged and connected to everything that they will need.

2018 Nissan Rogue Trim Breakdown

You might think it is difficult to choose exactly which Nissan Rogue fits your needs, thankfully, we are here to help guide you through all of the trim options. All of the trims can be equipped with the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system, but come standard as Front-Wheel Drive (FWD).

•    S- The base model offers many advanced standard features. Other than the ones listed above, you will be getting rear cross traffic alert, blind spot warning, and automatic emergency braking. •    SV- Moving up a trim level provides you with more interior features as standard with many other options to choose from. Coming standard is the Dual Automatic Temperature Control, Nissan Intelligent Key® With Push Button Ignition, and heated front seats. •    Midnight Edition- This has all of the same features as the SV trim level, but adds blacked-out accents, roof rails, wheels, and other parts. This is the trim to choose if you are looking to be stylistically different from the other Rogue models.  •    SL- The top-of-the-line Nissan Rogue offers you ProPilot Assist as an option, and includes the most upscale features as standard or options. You will be equipped with a premium navigation service, the Intelligent Around View Monitor, High Beam Assist Headlights, and more as standard features. The amount of trims and features that the Rogue has really helps to highlight its versatility, and goes to show you why so many people choose the Nissan Rogue over other compact SUVs on the market.

How Much Space is In It?

The Rogue comes with up to 70 cubic feet of cargo space, which puts it in a similar range to the other vehicles in its class. Where it might get the advantage is through its Divide-N-Hide Cargo System which lets you change how you use your storage space every time you need it. You can choose to maximize the space, or add a level of privacy and security to whatever you are bringing along.

The EZ Flex Seating System allows you to slide and move the seats how you see fit: folding, splitting, and tilting until you have the interior that fits your needs. Without having the third-row option anymore, the Rogue can more clearly define itself and can be dedicated to providing the space needed for the five passengers that you will normally have in your vehicle.

Powering the 2018 Nissan Rogue

No matter if you are choosing a Nissan Rogue with FWD or AWD, S or SL, your Rogue will be equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. This engine keeps it in the middle of the compact SUV segment. The engine will come paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), making for a smooth and comfortable ride, but doesn't offer a manual option for the enthusiasts out there.

Nissan Rogue Hybrid Options

Nissan wants to make sure that everyone finds a reason to drive the Rogue, including those of you who are looking to be as environmentally friendly as possible. This isn't to say that the Rogue isn't efficient - it actually gets up to 33 MPG on the highway and 26 MPG in the city - but that hybrid vehicles have become a way of life for many drivers. There are two Rogue Hybrid options, the SV Hybrid and the SL Hybrid, that offer the same general features as their gas-powered counterparts, but come in with better mileage in both metrics. The hybrid models are powered by a combination of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor with a lithium ion battery to make 176 net horsepower.

Nissan Rogue Safety Features

There has already been mention of many of the safety features that can be offered - like the Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert that are standard on every model - but we wanted to look at a few more. The rearview monitor is standard across all trims, as well as many different construction aspects to keep you safe during an accident, including break-away engine mounts and slide-away brake pedal assembly.

The 2018 Nissan Rogue is a 2018 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), putting it in one of the top tiers of automotive safety. Nissan includes as many features as are needed to help customers feel confident whenever they are behind the wheel of a Rogue.


How We Feel About the Redesign

The Rogue is one of the most recognizable and chosen Nissan models, and Nissan continues to provide a reason for that. The third row - while seeming like a good idea at the time - left very little legroom and cut into the cargo space, the inclusion of more driver-centric features and technology - like ProPilot Assist - appeals to the central idea of vehicles becoming more helpful to the drivers, and having Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will help draw in drivers who depend on their smartphones for keeping their schedule and holding their music. All of this results in a vehicle that is strides ahead of the previous model year: you should give it a little more than a consideration if you are in the market.

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