The Nissan Rogue has been a huge commercial success for the Japanese auto giant here in America, and the second-generation of the compact crossover appears to be even more popular than the first-generation was that we first got to see back in 2008. The combination of a ride and driving experience that are very car-like, and rugged SUV styling that's so popular with buyers from around the world right now, has really hit the mark. So, here's what you can expect from the 2018 Nissan Rogue.
The trims levels available with the Rogue remain the same as 2017, which means the base model is the Rogue S, the midrange trim is the SV, and the SL keeps its place as the top of the range model. Now though, SL variants are available with Nissan's ProPilot Assist technology, which is designed to automatically accelerate, brake, and maintain the Rogue's distance from other road-users in certain circumstances, with no input required from the driver. Other changes to the range see every trim get an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a power liftgate operated by waving a foot under the rear bumper is now standard with SV and SL trim levels, and two new paint colors have been added to the available palette. Last, but by no means least, the option of a third row seat has now been discontinued, so the Rogue is now strictly a five-seat compact crossover.
It's been said in some quarters that the exterior styling of the Nissan Rogue is clean and crisp but not especially exciting, and can be guilty of blending into the crowd. That's not only unfair, it actually sounds like describing a different vehicle entirely. The body of the Rogue is sharp, angular in some areas, and exudes a rugged presence that looks as though it can handle the most desolate of remote trails, even though most will probably never leave the pavement. The base S model is an affordable option, which is easy to see with the steel wheels and hub caps, but the SV and SL trims are a lot better-dressed, and really do look the part. The only way this SUV could blend into the crowd is because there are so many out there as they're so popular.
There are going to be two engines in the Rogue lineup for 2018, but instead of two differently tuned versions of the gas engine as we see with some rivals, one is a gas powerplant and the other will be a gas/electric hybrid. The standard unit is a 2.5-liter inline-four producing 170 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque, which is sent to the front or all four wheels through Nissan's excellent CVT transmission. Full details of the hybrid for the 2018 model year are still to be confirmed, but if it stays pretty much the same it will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine coupled with a 30 kW electric motor with lithium-ion batteries, which up to now has produced a net 176 horsepower.
If fuel economy is a key part of your buying criteria, the Nissan Rogue is definitely a crossover you need to consider. With the gas engine and front-wheel drive, the EPA rates the Nissan at 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined.* Even if the hybrid remains as it was before it will still be seriously impressive with 33 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg combined in its front-drive format.
For a 2018 Nissan Rogue for sale in Fontana, get in touch with us here at Fontana Nissan right away for all the information on pricing and availability and to get behind the wheel for a test drive.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.