2018 Nissan Rogue Review

2018 Nissan Rogue

An updated 2018 Nissan Rogue version has been brought to us. Due to the compact crossover segment being so highly competitive in recent years it was necessary to rework this model and bring forth a newer version. Nissan has the goal of making the Rogue car their bestselling car in the US segment and they plan to do so by making their car stylistically more aggressive with high quality and advanced onboard technology. But with the fabulous looking interior come some updated safety specifications which are also very much useful to have.

The designers said that they made the Nissan Rogue better in every aspect and they have worked on making the car better in many ways, concentrating on all of the aspects the car has. They have even included a hybrid version of the car for the new model year but the release date of the hybrid Rogue will differ from the base version. Either way, buyers are happy to know that they also have a more fuel efficient option on their hands also.

The Nissan Rogue model was introduced to the market in 2008 and since then has managed to grow and shift its popularity higher and higher. The model outsold the previous version each time and the top was reached in 2015 when the car managed to get its highest selling gross. The Nissan Rogue also managed to outsell brands like the Jeep Cherokee. Hyundai Tuscon and Kia Sportage models. But there is still room for this model to grow. Whether the 2018 update helps it reach those new heights we shall see but till then here is our take in this review.

Exterior Style

The exterior styling of the 2018 Nissan Rogue has changed but it is still basically the familiar car that we know, but better. We have a heavily revised front clip on our hands and an updated rear end. Everything else in between has not been changed but it still makes the new Rogue look spectacularly good. The parts that the Rogue benefits the most are sharper lines and a more detailed styling and this new expressive nature of the crossover car will certainly bring new crowds to the mix.

The front end of the car gets a new and revised V-Grille with chromework and piano black trim surrounding. The bumper is also pretty bold and will be able to match the aggressiveness of the grille. We have some sharply creased edges, integrated vents and fog lights. The headlights also have a striking new design with both of them coming with LED lighting and reflective elements. The lower part also boasts a larger chin splitter that curves all the way around the sides of the car and runs the whole length of the car so it meets all the way back at the redesigned bumper.

The rear end has also gained a new V-Motion-style LED lighting element but no imbedded chrome pieces. A more modern feel is gained through smoked turn signals and reverse lights and taillights.  The base models also come with 17-inch wheels for the S trim and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels for the SV one. The SL sports the 18-inch alloy wheel while the top rated Platinum one has the 19-inch wheels.

Interior Update

The way that the interior of the 2018 Nissan Rogue was updated is that they have decided to use the same expressive design language and have just gone up a notch. The same layout is still there but the detailing and finishes are improved. The steering wheel is the first thing to go and we now got a modern-looking, four-spoke, flat bottom one. There are some new buttons placed there so the driver has better control over the information screen.

In the center stack you will find a similar 7.0-inch infotainment screen as before, but this one comes with updated technology. It will add Nissan’s 360-degree camera system also known as Around View Monitor. Also included is the Moving Object Detection, Radar-based Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert with Lane Departure Warning with Land Departure Prevention, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian Detection.

The newly offered safety specs also prompt an updated center console which adds a reworked shifter design. We get some piano black accents and a leather-wrapped shifter boot. Seats are also new and these come with taller side bolsters with French stitching and secondary accent colors. You can get the seats both in cloth and leather that also include seat heaters and memory settings. Don’t forget the heated steering wheel also.

Powertrain and Specs

Maybe some people would be disappointed that the 2018 Nissan Rogue carries over the powertrain unchanged from the outgoing model. But the new acquisition of a hybrid powertrain can make all the difference for the new car. Thus the engine we have on our hands is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder which is able to make 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. This is an all-aluminum engine and will be combined with a Continually Variable Transmission Nissan calls its Xtronic. It is also able to drive in three different modes, the Eco, Normal, and Sport. So the base non-hybrid version also boasts with some great EPA ratings as it makes 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined, but the ones for the hybrid one will be made public once the release date gets closer.

Release Date and Price

Fortunately, we already have the price for the 2018 Nissan Rogue released even without the exact update for the release date. We will probably need to wait a bit to get this car and it will hopefully be offered by the end of the year, making it available on the US market before the start of 2018. You can get your new Rogue car for $23,330 as base MSRP for the S version,  $24,780 for the SV,  $28,730 for the SL on which you can add 1,350 more for the AWD.

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