2018 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Ride/Drive
The Nissan Rogue continues to set a torrid pace for the SUV/CUV segment in 2018. Following an impressive 2017 performance, sales in May were 38,413 units, an 18 percent increase over prior year. Year-to-date 2018, Rogue has sold nearly 180,000 units – a 10.4 percent increase over the same period 2017.
There is a reason for that. The 2018 Nissan Rogue CUV family (including Rogue Hybrid and Rogue Sport) offer more performance, convenience, comfort and technology for consumers to choose from than most of the competition. Packaged well and priced right – they sell.
Our recent week in a top-of-the-line 2018 Rogue SL AWD – priced well under $40,000 loaded with everything except the garage to park it in – is proof of that.
2018 Nissan Rogue SL AWD as tested
Our 2018 Rogue SL featured the signature Nissan V-Motion grille with a redesigned front grille badge area plus LED Intelligent Automatic Headlights with High Beam Assist, LED signature Daytime Running Lights, Fog Lights, Mirror-mounted LED turn signals and LED Boomerang Signature Taillights.
Other exterior features of note included a Panoramic (two-panel) Moonroof, Motion-Activated Liftgate, roof rails, spoiler, wide-opening rear doors, variable intermittent windshield wipers and an awesomely bold Monarch Orange color.
Powertrain and Mechanical
The 2018 Nissan Rogue is powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine producing 170 horsepower with 175 lb.-ft. of torque delivered through a next-generation advanced Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with Sport and Eco modes.
Well powered, our SL AWD drove and handled incredibly well.
Equipped with the Nissan Intuitive All-Wheel Drive (AWD) System that knows when you are cruising or cornering – it monitors wheel traction individually and redirects torque as needed automatically. In addition, the Rogue’s Active Ride Control, Active Trace Control and Active Engine Braking deliver individual wheel braking for smoother cornering, adjust engine torque and braking to smooth out bumps in the road and use the CVT transmission to smooth out deceleration when cornering or coming to a stop.
Underneath, Rogue ride and handling are enhanced by a 4-wheel independent suspension, Electric Power-assisted Steering, 4-wheel vented disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System and Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System, Hill Start Assist and Tire Pressure Monitoring System with position monitoring.
Adding to the ride quality of our SL AWD was the addition of the optional 19-inch aluminum wheels mounted with 225/55R19 all-season tires.
Since you asked, fuel economy for the Rogue AWD is rated at an efficient 25/32 mpg city/highway and 27 mpg combined. With its 14.5-gallon fuel tank, highway range is about 450 miles.
Loaded Premium Interior
Inside, our Rogue SL featured Nissans Zero Gravity bucket seating with Quick Comfort heating plus 8-way power adjust for the driver. The very rich supple tan leather-appointed upholstery with quilted leather inserts gave the interior a very premium look and feel.
Other features included a leather-wrapped sporty D-shape heated steering wheel, 5.0-inch center meter color display, Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges, LED map lights, Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control with microfilter and rear AC vents, mood lighting, cargo lighting, large console with power points, Intelligent Key with Push Button Start and more.
Of particular functional note – in addition to the wide rear doors – are the EZ Flex Seating and Divide-N-Hide Cargo Systems that enhance the ease of rear passenger entry and comfort plus flexible cargo handling. The EZ Flex system features fold-down seating for all except the driver and a sliding and reclining second row. The Divide-N-Hide Cargo System provides multiple flat-floor cargo stowage options plus a raised shelf behind the second row or a lowered floor board to create a deeper cargo well.
Some of the important technology on our Rogue SL AWD included Intelligent Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning, RearView Camera, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention and Automatic Emergency Braking w/Pedestrian Detection.
A Bose 9-speaker audio system with 7-inch color touch screen display anchored the infotainment array that featured NissanConnect with Navigation including Door to Door navigation with 3D building graphics and satellite imagery. Included were Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with Traffic and Travel Link, Bluetooth Hands-free phone and streaming audio and speed-sensitive volume control and plenty of connectivity.
All packages and options available were included on our test Rogue SL AWD. They included:
- Premium: Power panoramic (two panel) sunroof and LED headlights
- Platinum: ProPILOT Assist, 19-inch alloy wheels and electronic parking brake
- Platinum Reserve Interior: Premium tan leather-appointed seating with quilted leather inserts
The base price for our (top-of-the-line) test Nissan Rogue SL AWD was $32,410. With the packages and extras added, plus delivery, our 2018 Nissan Rogue SL AWD priced at just $36,915.
As we said at the beginning, this Rogue SL AWD delivers just about all you could need or want in an easy to drive, premium level featured and well-equipped crossover for young couples, families and even empty nesters (like us) – especially at this price.
A word about ProPilot Assist
The Nissan ProPILOT Assist system organizes and integrates lane-keep assistance features with the Intelligent Cruise Control to assist the driver. It is not a ‘self-driving’ feature – constant driver engagement (with hands on the wheel) is required. It is functional for single lane road travel only. By utilizing a forward- facing camera, forward-facing radar, sensors and electronic control module to help the driver stay in the center of the driving lane – it maintains vehicle speed (set by the driver) and helps maintain a gap to the preceding vehicle if the vehicle speed drops below the driver-set speed. It also can slow the vehicle to a complete stop and holds the vehicle during traffic jam conditions
Learn more about the 2018 Nissan Rogue and Rogue Hybrid by visiting: https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/crossovers-suvs/rogue.html
Rogue Sport information can be found here: https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/crossovers-suvs/rogue-sport.html