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2018 Nissan Rogue Review

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2018 nissan rogue review

Attractive, spacious and affordable, it comes as no surprise that the Nissan Rogue ranked among Go Auto’s (and Canada’s) top-selling vehicles in 2017. Thanks to its practicality, efficiency, and top of the line safety features, this 2018 Nissan Rogue review was a pleasure to put together.

This year’s Rogue delivers a striking design; excellent fuel efficiency ratings; versatile, generously sized cargo space; and off-roading features that put it among the leaders in the compact SUV class.

If you’re looking to enjoy trips to Alberta’s best lakes and mountains, or if you simply want something roomy and efficient for your daily commute, consider the 2018 Rogue. No matter your needs, rest easy knowing you can get it done in style.


PROS:

  • Handsome interior done with quality materials
  • Fuel efficient
  • Spacious and versatile with plenty of cargo space
  • Plenty of off-road features
  • Improved safety features
  • Spacious cabin

CONS:

  • Rear visibility out the back window
  • Acceleration and handling are only average

PRICING RANGE:


2018 Nissan Rogue review
[Insert joke about an attractive back end here]

New with the 2018 Model

Safety Features, Improved Tech, and More Comforts

The Nissan Rogue didn’t get much of a visual makeover over the 2017 Rogue, for two reasons: one, Nissan put most of its efforts towards improving the inside of the vehicle, and two, why fix what’s not broken?

Nissan made some important safety additions, ensuring a greater sense of security for you and your family. The most significant addition to this year’s Rogue is its new ProPilot Assist feature, a semi-autonomous system that can self-accelerate, brake, and steer the car in certain conditions using lane-keeping assist and stop-and-go adaptive cruise control.

They also made some upgrades to Nissan’s signature infotainment system, Nissan Connect. Every 2018 Rogue now comes with a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an extra USB port to bring the grand total to two ports. Nissan Connect allows for voice recognition controls, maintenance reminders, Bluetooth audio, SiriusXM radio, navigation, and while-driving texting and social media services.

And for you colour nuts out there, the 2018 Rogue now comes in Scarlet Ember.


The 2018 Rogue’s new color: Scarlet Ember

Fuel Economy

The Rogue Saves You Money Daily

It’s in this category where the Rogue presses its advantage over the competition. Rated as one of the best among its class by the EPA for fuel efficiency, the 2018 Rogue is capable producing an impressive 9.1L/100km in the city and 7.1L/100Km on the highway, and a combined 8.1L/100km, which is extraordinary for an SUV.

In addition, the 2018 Rogue will start appearing as a hybrid option this year.


2018 Nissan Rogue review (safety)
The 2018 Rogue Received a 4.5 out of 5 Safety Rating

Safety

Standard Driver-Assist Features Earns a Near-Perfect Rating from NHTSA

With a first-rate safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a four out of five star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you have no cause to worry when you’re riding in this SUV.

It’s filled to the brim with active safety features and driver-assist technologies (once optional on 2017 models but now made standard) that will help to correct potential instances of driver error, and as you progress to higher trims, there are even more safety features available.

As we mentioned earlier in our 2018 Nissan Rogue review, the Rogue’s ProPilot Assist technology is available to the premium SL Platinum trim. This nifty piece of tech will give you some peace of mind on those long road trips if you happen to day dream for a second. The system sends you an alert and corrects you back into a straight line.

Higher trim levels give you access to some extra features, too. Blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert systems, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control are all available in the 2018 Rogue.


Performance

Specializes in Fuel Efficiency and Off-Roading 

During our 2018 Nissan Rogue review it performed quite well. The two standouts here are its exceptional fuel efficiency and off-roading capabilities. While its engine is nothing to write home about, the Rogue isn’t about wowing you with its power; it’s about safety, comfort, reliability, and value for your dollar.

All models are equipped with a 2.5-litre DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine paired with last year’s continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) to deliver a modest 170 horsepower.

Handling is adequate; good enough to make you feel comfortable behind the wheel, though not as crisp as some of its competitors, such as the Honda CR-V. The same goes for its acceleration. Capable of reaching 100 km per hour in 9.3 seconds, it’s speedy off the get-go, but its rate of acceleration tends to drop quickly, and it ranks only modestly when compared to the competition.

Where the Rogue excels, though, is in the off-roading domain. It offers more hardware for light off-roading than the bulk of its competition and earned itself a four and a half star rating from Edmunds. The all-wheel drive model incorporates a locking center differential, hill descent control, and brake-lock differentials front and rear. In this respect, the Rogue lives up to its name. It’s capable of being a maverick and driving off the beaten path.

Another positive to consider is its towing abilities. With a maximum towing capacity of 1,000 lbs, it has the capacity to tow a modestly sized trailer or boat. However, if your towing needs exceed this, consider taking a look at some of the Rogue’s competitors, like the Ford Escape.


2018 Nissan Rogue review (interior)
You’ll be surprised you’re only driving a $30,000 vehicle

Interior

Quality Materials, Spacious Cabin, Comfy Seating

If you’re not swayed by the Rogue’s terrific fuel efficiency ratings and slick exterior, the 2018 Rogue’s up-scale and well-crafted interior should do the trick for comfort-seeking customers. Nissan used high quality materials throughout all trims, to go along with a spacious cabin, and super comfy seats. Much like its older brother, the 2018 Murano, the 2018 Rogue treads into luxury-car territory and delivers a pleasantly smooth and quiet ride while still remaining just as pleasantly affordable.

As far as infotainment goes, the 2018 Rogue model made some welcome changes from its 2017 model. All trims now support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen that’s easy to use. Oh, and there are now two USB ports instead of just one. Arguments around who gets to charge their phone should now hopefully be laid to rest.

On top of that, the 2018 Rogue also offers impressive and cleverly designed cargo and storage options. These now rival the best of its class. Seats kept up or laid down flat; there will be ample space to store just about anything. There are even adjustable panels in the trunk space. Shift these and place them in endless combinations to adapt to your storing needs. It’s pretty difficult to excite people over cargo and storage options, but the 2018 Rogue sure does.

The only negative change from its 2017 counterpart would be that this year’s Rogue is no longer available with a third row seating option, making the Volkswagen Tiguan the sole competing vehicle that does.


Final Verdict

If you’re in the market for a family-friendly vehicle that can handily manage tough terrain and tow cargo, but you’re not interested in the bulkiness and comparatively poor fuel efficiency of some larger SUVs and pickups, the 2018 Nissan Rogue is right up your alley.

There’s a reason why the Rogue is Nissan’s best selling vehicle. It combines excellent features with great pricing. This is one of the most versatile and charismatic compact SUVs on the market.

There are few vehicles on the market today that offer better value for your dollar.


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