A Force to Reckon With~Nissan Rogue & Rogue Sport

I am so impressed with the sales performance of the Nissan Rogue. I won’t get into the numbers of how many units were sold or the percentage of how much sales have increased, but it is safe to say that Nissan has paid attention to what consumers want and that those numbers continue to climb.

In 2016 and 2017 I marveled in galactic wonder as Nissan’s clever marketing team ‘Strikes back’ while the rest of the SUV market has been in ‘The Clone Wars’ to reproduce their success.

Two worlds collided when Nissan partnered with Disney’s Lucasfilm as the movie, ‘Rogue One’ was released and they have been the ‘Force Awakening’ the competition ever since. (Competitors such as Honda’s CR-V or Toyota’s Rav4)

Consumers are still preferring SUVs and crossovers over sedans. The Rogue is more than just trendy, it is a great size and consumers are getting more for their money.

Nissan’s smaller model is the Rogue Sport. I was recently able to drive both crossovers and want to tell you about the differences between these two successful vehicles…..

While the Rogue Sport is smaller, it still comes chock full of amenities. The top SL trim that I test drove offered popular safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward emergency braking and automatic high beams. The cabin space itself is slightly smaller, not quite as much space to move around, but nothing major, in fact, the difference would be inches. Where you will notice a difference lies within your wallet, the Rogue Sport has a price tag that is about $3,000 less.

The Rogue Sport engine is a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder delivering 141 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque versus the Rogue’s 2.5-liter 4 cylinder engine delivering 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. Rogue Sport takes a little more “umph” when you hit the acceleration hard. Perhaps that’s why even though the engine is smaller it drank a little more fuel than one would have thought.

The Rogue Sport also does not have the third-row seating that is available for Rogue. The third row seating is not the most optimal seating for adults anyway, so unless you really need the extra row for the kiddos, you won’t be missing much. The interior of both vehicles is appealing. Optional upgrades include: leather seats, heated front seats, and a heated and leather wrapped steering wheel.

What about these Zero Gravity seats that I keep hearing about? The design is inspired by NASA.  Essentially, these seats were designed to promote maximum comfort for passengers.

These seats support the most optimal posture with contours that will reduce stress on your body, which in turn, reduces the fatigue that most people feel after a long car ride. They really do provide a noticeable difference, amazing ingenuity. 

Here is the breakdown on cargo space.  The Nissan Rogue Sport has 22.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in the upright position and 61.1 cubic feet with them down. The Nissan Rogue has 39.3 cubic feet with the rear seats upright and 70 cubic feet with them folded down.

The Nissan Rogues both feature user-friendly technology. The 5-inch display is standard on the Rogue Sport and offers Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, hands-free texting, a rearview camera, a USB port and four speaker audio system. Add-ons include:  a six speaker audio system, voice recognition, navigation, a 7-inch touchscreen, push button start, dual zone automatic climate control, heated outside mirrors, a moonroof, a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, cruise control, LED headlights, fog lights, and high-beam assist.

With all this tech talk, I have to mention a new feature that Nissan has introduced, called “ProPilot Assist.” First and foremost, no Jedi skills required. This is a feature that does require the driver to remain engaged at all times, it is NOT a “self-drivng” feature. ProPilot Assist has a blue button on the steering wheel that when activated, you can then set the current speed you are going as well as setting distance for desired following distance and just like that, ProPilot engages as an adaptive cruise control with a safe distance between you and the next vehicle; then when lane markings are detected, ProPilot assist will keep the vehicle centered in its lane, even on some curves. When lane lines are lost, steering assist deactivates and a chime will sound. In order to operate, lane markers must be clear and consistent on BOTH sides of the vehicle. ProPilot Assist will help lessen driver fatigue as well as provide a more confident driving experience.

Nissan has a hot product, and the thing knocking The Rogue into the next Galaxy is Rogue Sport. The brand has done a great job pairing their solid product(s) with a cultural icon like ‘Star Wars.’ Way to go Nissan!

Rogue Sport pricing begins at $21,640 while The Rogue begins at $24,800. For the decked out edition above, call your local Nissan dealer, pricing may vary. 



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