On a ROGUE Trip in Tennessee

The Nissan Rogue first launched in 2007 and is Nissan’s top-selling model, with nearly 1.6 million sold. The Rogue surpassed the Altima with this sales record in November 2016. Over 500,000 were sold in 2016. In 2017’s first quarter, it has out-sold its competitors, the Toyota Rav4 (by 20,000) and the Honda CR-V (by 7,000). It is currently the fourth best selling vehicle in the U.S. Rogue Sport is assembled in Kyushu, Japan but I was thrilled to test drive it in Tennessee recently.

Now, Nissan wants you to meet the new Rogue Sport; popular for fun, outgoing, social types that are searching for versatility, style, maneuverability, and value. The Rogue Sport has more space than a sedan while maintaining that fun-to-drive feel.

It is slightly smaller and definitely sportier than Rogue. (A side by side comparison of the vehicles, pictured opposite page, top). You can see the modern exterior design for the more youthful driver. The Rogue Sport shares not only the Rogue name, but the same platform as well as numerous advanced safety features. Vice president of Product Panning for Nissan North America, Inc, Michael Bunce states, “While we expect Rogue to continue to appeal to owners with young families, Rogue Sport fills a need for singles and couples who want more space and versatility than the average sedan for everyday urban use and social activities.’

The Rogue Sport has a 2.3-inch shorter wheelbase and a 12.1-inch shorter overall length than Rogue, making it more maneuverable in city traffic, not to mention those tight city parking spaces.

I personally love the dynamic lines and sharp edges on the Rogue Sport, from the front grille to the sleek boomerang-shaped taillights and rear spoiler.

The 5-passenger Rogue Sport comes in 10 exterior colors: the bold and popular Monarch Orange (featured left at the Natchez Trace Parkway bridge), Nitro Lime, Mocha Almond, Magnetic Black, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Palatial Ruby, Pearl White, Glacier White and Caspian Blue. Front and rear bumpers, along with outside mirrors that are body colored add to exterior details. Also offered is a fun power-sliding moonroof with sliding shade and roof rails.

Moving to the interior of the Rogue, Nissan has incorporated the “gliding wing” design, providing spatial symmetry for a sense of togetherness. The driver’s seat has the standard 6-way adjustable seating, with heated front seats, and a leather wrapped steering wheel that is also heated. The rear seat has 60/40 split fold-down and a center armrest. Passengers will ride comfortably with heating/cooling vents. Behind the 2nd row is ample cargo space, 22.9 cubic feet that becomes 61.1 cubic feet with the second-row seat folded down.

The 5.0-inch instrument panel was super easy to use. For added comfort, the Rogue Sport features a dual-zone automatic a/c system as well as many technology comforts we have grown accustomed to: Sirius XM Satellite Radio, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary audio input jack, USB connection, Bluetooth hands free phone system enabling you to stream audio, as well as use of Hands-free Text Messaging Assist.

The well-equipped Rogue Sport comes in three models, S, SV and SL and each in your choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. There are also five optional equipment packages offered: S Apperance package, SV All-Weather Package, Premium Package (SV and SL) and SL Platinum Package.

The Rogue Sport comes equipped with a standard 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine with 141 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque.

The Nissan Rogue Sport crossover will be available at Nissan dealerships across the U.S. on May 11, 2017. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price begins at $21,420.

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