2022 Nissan Rogue Sport

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2022 Nissan Rogue Sport Review: Compact Capabilities At A Subcompact Price

It is unusual for a manufacturer to present two vehicles that compete within the same segment, which makes the Nissan Rogue Sport a bit of a novelty. While it still falls within the subcompact category, it's a bit larger than the Nissan Kicks and benefits from quite a few elements drawn from the larger Rogue with which it shares a platform. Unfortunately, the powertrain is not among those benefits, with the Rogue Sport being powered by an only adequate four-cylinder engine that develops 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. Rivals in this segment include the solid Honda HR-V and Korean alternatives like the distinctively styled Hyundai Kona. In the Kona's case, you can specify it with a turbocharged engine that will leave the Rogue Sport eating its dust. But despite this, and even though it may cost a bit more than the average subcompact in the US, but Nissan's crossover is certainly worth your consideration.

2022 Nissan Rogue Sport Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport?

After receiving some aesthetic enhancements for the 2020 model year and some more features last year, Nissan has decided to make no changes to the Rogue Sport for 2022. The Rogue Sport does start at $500 more than it did last year, though.

Pros and Cons

  • Spacious interior
  • High trunk capacity
  • Plenty of standard driver-assistance features
  • Available ProPilot Assist
  • Comprehensive and easy-to-use infotainment
  • Underwhelming powertrain
  • Best features only available on the top trim
  • Higher starting price than rivals

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2022 Nissan Rogue Sport Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
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Handling and Driving Impressions

The Sport title tagged on to the end of the Rogue's nameplate can be a bit misleading. This is not a crossover designed for thrill-seekers. The powertrain isn't truly underpowered, but the moment you apply any real pressure to the gas pedal, it runs out of steam. However, around town, you will seldom feel the need to draw on more than half of the engine's potential, so the average driver will probably never feel that the SUV is lacking. This changes on the highway, though.

Much like the powertrain, the steering seems designed with a focus on town driving. It is light and perhaps a bit too responsive at times, but this is ideal for quick maneuvers around congested city streets or packed parking lots. There is a little feedback, but you will still be thankful for the excellent visibility of the high seats to help you see exactly where the edges of the SUV are.

As long as you drive the Rogue Sport with a modicum of restraint, it should remain well-mannered on the road. Body lean is well-controlled, for the most part. Try to push the crossover's limits, however, and you will discover it suffers from excessive understeer. Most road abrasions are handled quite well by the suspension, but it's just a pity you can't option smaller wheels on the upper trim, as the 19-inch alloys hurt ride quality quite a bit.

Verdict: Is the 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport A Good crossover?

There's a lot to like about the Rogue Sport, but it isn't all rainbows and sunshine. The subcompact is a bit bigger than its segment sibling, the Nissan Kicks, which gives it a more spacious interior, both for passengers and cargo. Only select rivals like the Kia Soul can boast a higher trunk capacity, but they lack the more upscale interior and comprehensive list of available features that can be found on the Nissan Rogue Sport.

Plenty of advanced safety specs come standard on Nissan's subcompact, such as forward-collision avoidance, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. It also gets the basic infotainment features you would expect, such as smartphone integration and available navigation. But all these semi-luxurious features come at a cost. Most people look to subcompacts for how much value they offer, and while the Rogue Sport certainly does offer quite a fair number of features for a relatively reasonable price, it is still a lot more expensive than some rival subcompacts, like the $5k-cheaper Kia Soul. It also doesn't get particularly impressive mileage figures for the segment, and its handling dynamics are a mixed bag.

Though the Nissan Rogue Sport is an adequate performer in the segment, with some really standout features, those who want the best deal for their limited money might be better served taking some of the more affordable options on the market for a test drive instead.

2022 Nissan Rogue Sport Comparisons

Nissan Rogue Nissan
Honda HR-V Honda

2022 Nissan Rogue Sport vs Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue is the compact sibling to the subcompact Rogue Sport. As such, it's bigger and better in just about every way. Under the hood of the larger SUV is a much more modern turbocharged engine that develops 201 hp and 225 lb-ft, giving the Rogue a lot more kick than its family member. This powertrain is also more fuel-efficient, getting 30/37/33 mpg in its front-wheel-drive guise. Add to this the much larger cargo capacity of 36.5 cubic feet, and the bigger Rogue seems like the obvious choice. Yes, you do have to pay more for the larger Rogue, with a starting MSRP of $26,700, but it's a minor price hike for so much extra everything and a brand-new model generation on top of that. There are certainly better compact SUVs out there, but between these two crossovers, the new, larger Rogue is better value for money.

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2022 Nissan Rogue Sport vs Honda HR-V

A year older than the Nissan Rogue Sport, the Honda HR-V is still going strong in the market. Similarly powered with a four-cylinder engine developing 141 hp and 127 lb-ft, the HR-V is about $2,500 cheaper than Nissan SUV. Don't let this fool you into thinking it is lower-quality, though. The Honda crossover is well-appointed, especially at the higher trim levels, where it still manages to remain well below the $30k mark. It doesn't get smartphone integration on the entry-level trim, which is a bit unfortunate, but the HR-V offers quite a bit more cargo space and it gets a few more miles to the gallon than the Rogue Sport at 28/34/30 mpg with front-wheel drive. To be honest, this is a fairly close match-up, and the winner will most likely come down to personal taste and brand loyalty. We, however, feel the HR-V is more practical for less money.

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