2018 Nissan Rogue Preview

  • Standard NissanConnect infotainment system with updated smartphone integration
  • Optional ProPilot advanced tech driver-assist system for SL trim
  • Midnight Edition “blackout” package for SV trim adds more content
  • Motion-activated power liftgate added to SV trim
  • Option packages across trim levels are upgraded and reorganized
  • New Midnight Pine and Scarlet Ember exterior paint colors

The Rogue compact SUV remains Nissan’s best-selling model, with combined production in Japan, South Korea, and at Nissan’s Smyrna, TN, assembly plant. The Rogue, which debuted as a 2008 model on the Sentra platform, was redone on new architecture for 2014, and then given a refresh in 2017. One of the better-performing compact SUVs in federal crash tests, the 2018 Nissan Rogue continues to celebrate success with robust demand for SUVs.

Exterior Features
Nissan’s 2018 Rogue compact SUV looks the same as last year when it received updates, including Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille and LED lighting systems. Available in three trim levels—S, SV, SL—with a Platinum package upgrade, the 2018 Rogue is front-wheel drive (FWD) with available all-wheel drive (AWD). Nine exterior paint colors, including new Midnight Pine and Scarlet Ember, are offered.

Interior Features
The 2018 Nissan Rogue’s interior cockpit features a D-shaped steering wheel available with heat and a leather shifter with sport mode, memory settings for the driver’s seat and mirror, and remote start. Nissan’s flexible seating system offers sliding and reclining and multiple folding configurations for seating and cargo.

Most interior styling upgrades, including the addition of a larger center console, were made in 2017. Standard interior colors are charcoal and almond with premium tan featured in a Platinum interior package. An updated Platinum Reserve Interior package, available on SL trim, includes tan leather-appointed seats with quilted inserts.

The Midnight Edition “blackout” package has been enhanced for 2018, but is only available on SV trim. New elements include black front and rear fascia accents, black rear license plate finisher, and a black V-Motion grille and emblems.

Optional Features
Several more option groups have been upgraded for various Rogue trim levels, including: Sun and Sound Touring Package (SV), Premium Package (SV and SL), Platinum (SL), and Platinum Reserve Interior (SL).

Under the Hood
The 2018 Nissan Rogue is equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque, matched with Nissan’s fuel-efficient Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) with standard Eco and Sport mode switches.

Fuel Economy
The 2018 Rogue with FWD averages an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway for a 29-mpg combined rating. The Rogue AWD is rated at 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, for a combined 27 mpg.

The 2018 Nissan Rogue SV trim comes equipped with standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, while the Rogue SL adds adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning. Also available with the SL Platinum package is the new ProPilot Assist system that combines adaptive cruise, lane-keeping assist, and lane-departure warning with standard automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection. The new safety systems are optional with the SV Premium package and SV Sun and Sound package.

Both FWD and AWD versions of the 2018 Nissan Rogue receive an overall safety rating of 4 (out of 5) stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the 2018 Rogue as a “Top Safety Pick” with “Good” ratings on every crash test and “Superior” front crash protection. However, the Rogue earns an “Acceptable” rating for headlights and a “Marginal” score for difficulty in dealing with child-seat anchors and LATCH hardware.

Nissan’s ProPilot Assist system helps steer, brake, and accelerate, and is now available on the Rogue SL as part of the Platinum package. ProPilot Assist is the core of Nissan’s semi-autonomous driving technology so drivers stay in a lane, better navigate stop-and-go traffic, and maintain a set speed and safe distance from the vehicle in front—all with one two-button control on the steering wheel.

More connected technology and smartphone integration features are added to the 2018 Rogue. The NissanConnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is standard on all trims, as is a 7.0-in. touch-screen display. Also, NissanConnect with Navigation and services is available on the SV trim and standard on the SL trim.

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