The Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover utility vehicle and the best-selling model for the brand. It has a roomy interior, comfortable ride, great standard safety tech, and decent fuel economy. Its engine, however, isn’t all that powerful and tends to drone more than what we like.

Best Value

Nissan offers the 2019 Rogue in S, SV, and SL trims (the hybrid version and the Rogue Sport are covered separately). Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available across the lineup for $1,350. All models come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The list of standard features includes LED daytime running lights, intelligent lane intervention, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and smartphone compatibility.

While the base model with the available Special Edition Package ($800) brings much value to the product line, we think the SV trim offers the best bang for the buck. The Rogue SV comes with aluminum-alloy wheels, remote engine start with dual-zone climate control, and a motion-activated liftgate.

  • Model:2019 Nissan Rogue SV
  • Engine:2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Output:170 hp / 174 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Continuously variable transmission
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy:26 City / 33 Hwy
  • Options:Monarch Orange Metallic paint ($395), SV Premium Package ($1,800, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, electronic parking brake, heated steering wheel, navigation, around-view monitor, adaptive cruise control, and ProPILOT Assist)
  • Base Price:$27,385 (including the $1,045 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$29,580

Performance

Nissan Rogue

The strongest attribute of the 2019 Rogue may be its comfortable ride, while its engine and transmission may be its weakest link. That said, you’re not about to carve up the race track with any crossover utility vehicle outside of expensive performance models from Jeep, Audi, and the rest.

With an output of 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is geared toward efficiency, and it delivers, averaging an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway, and 29 combined. That’s laudable, especially since some competitors struggle to average 25 mpg combined. When properly equipped, the Rogue can tow too, although its 1,102 trailering rating isn’t a big selling point.

Choose all-wheel drive if you live where winter conditions are common. The Rogue has an 8.4-inch ground clearance, although it is designed for on-road conditions and not for rigorous off-road duty.

Style

A bold grille, clean lines, and a beltline that rises as it approaches the rear roof pillar are among the signature design considerations for the 2019 Nissan Rogue. Its look follows that of other crossovers, with Nissan touches such as its handsome horse collar (V-motion) grille. Unpainted fender flares are probably there for a reason, perhaps to conceal whatever dings it may eventually incur over time.

Inside, the cabin is clean and open. Controls are logically placed and uncluttered. The focal point is the seven-inch color display, which dominates the interior in a pleasant way. The Rogue holds five people without compromise and its standard cargo space delivers the storage capacity that should please families, especially while on vacation.

The Best and Worst Things

Nissan RogueAvailable ProPILOT Assist may be this model’s strongest appeal. The semi-autonomous system demonstrates where driverless cars are going, by supporting steering, braking, and accelerating during multi-lane driving. It's a hands-on system ideal for long trips. We certainly wish the Rogue was quieter, especially under hard acceleration. That’s where the engine drones loudest, although it has been tempered in recent years thanks to improved technologies which ease the CVT’s effect on the engine.

Right For? Wrong For?

Today’s family car is an SUV. The Nissan Rogue is an ideal place for families of four to start as it offers a nice blend of style, tech, interior room, and cargo carrying capacity. On the other hand, if your driving needs include a more powerful engine with robust towing capabilities, then a look further up the Nissan lineup to the Murano or Pathfinder is a must.

The Bottom Line

Nissan sells more than 400,000 Rogues each year and for good reason: it delivers a quality model for a competitive price, and does so without a confusing list of choices. Its ProPILOT feature gives us a glimpse into the future, something few competitors are supplying.