2019 Nissan Rogue Review
2019 Nissan Rogue Review
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Dan spent many years covering the go-fast, look-good, get-loud corners of the automotive universe. First, he served as editor of enthusiast magazines AutoSound and Honda Tuning, then as executive editor at SEMA News, the publishing arm of the trade group that produces the annual SEMA Show (yes, that show). As a contributor to Edmunds, he now likes to keep the volume low and the speed limit legal, providing expert car-shopping advice to drivers looking for the perfect match.
- Comfortable seats and ride quality
- Many advanced safety aids come standard
- Roomy cabin and cargo area
- Acceleration is weak and listless
- Dated-looking infotainment screen
- Outward visibility is poor
- Underwhelming interior material quality and design
- Expanded availability of advanced driver safety aids
- Part of the second Rogue generation introduced for 2014
Although the word "rogue" summons images of a reckless, swashbuckling character (Bronn from Game of Thrones, perhaps?), the 2019 Nissan Rogue isn't that kind of car. Being a small crossover SUV — and a fairly innocuous-looking one at that — the Rogue is about as mainstream as it gets.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2019 Nissan Rogue S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.12 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
$134/mo for Rogue S
Avg. Midsize SUV
We do give Nissan plenty of credit. The Rogue has all the key qualities that buyers expect of a small crossover, including excellent comfort, top-notch safety scores, and spacious room for people and cargo. Seventy cubic feet of cargo space helps make the Rogue one of the more versatile small SUVs on the market, while upscale cabin materials give it a classier feel than its price might suggest.
On the downside, the modestly powered four-cylinder engine and sluggish continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) struggle to get the Rogue moving when you want swift acceleration. Nor does the Rogue offer the same kind of handling spirit that you'll find in its competitors from Ford, Honda or Mazda. We're also not fond of the dated-looking infotainment system, but standard smartphone integration does alleviate the issue somewhat.
In the grand scheme of things, the positives greatly outweigh the negatives. The Rogue might not be Bronn's kind of vehicle, but for just about everyone else it should be a fine choice for a small SUV.
What's it like to live with?
Get to know the Nissan Rogue even more. Learn about day-to-day ownership from our editorial experts' long-term test of a 2014 Rogue SL AWD. We know it is Nissan's best-selling SUV. How was the fuel economy? How much can you pack in the cargo area for road trips? Is it comfortable? Learn this and more from our test. Note that the 2019 Rogue has better interior materials, smartphone integration, optional advanced driving aids and a hybrid trim, but our coverage of the 2014 model is otherwise applicable.
Edmunds' Expert Rating6.9 / 10
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Nissan Rogue SL (2.5L inline-4 | CVT automatic | AWD).
|Overall||6.9 / 10|
Performance is low on the totem pole. The engine rarely delivers as much acceleration as you want, and the CVT automatic's sluggishness doesn't help matters. The brakes are squishy and the steering wheel gives you little sense that it's connected to the car. Handling is surprisingly decent.
Outright performance isn't a priority in this class, and drivers will feel the limits of the Rogue's meager power levels when merging onto the highway or attempting a pass. A 0-60 mph time of 10.1 seconds is slower than any vehicle in the class. At least the engine feels responsive at city speeds.
It stops smoothly as pressure buildup after the initial bite is intuitive. Our tester came to a stop from 60 mph in 127 feet — about average — and exhibited lots of noise from the antilock braking system. That, along with a somewhat squishy pedal feel, makes real-world panic stops a bit stressful.
The steering is overly light at low speeds and doesn't increase as you move from the center position. Only a modicum of feedback keeps the wheel from feeling like a dead fish in your hands. Effort is mildly heavier at highway speeds, which helps the SUV feel stable.
The Rogue doesn't reward you with thrilling dynamics, but it doesn't fall apart in a set of corners either. Body roll is evident but not excessive in the Rogue, unlike some other small crossovers. Midcorner bumps deliver an unrefined shimmy through the cabin.
The standard transmission mode performs well enough except when you want a little extra power where the CVT takes a bit too long to give you what little power the engine can muster. Eco mode dulls throttle response far too much, while Sport mode makes the pedal overly sensitive to inputs.
Most will be happy with the Rogue's enveloping seats and quiet cabin. If wavy roads aren't on your commute, you'll find the ride pleasant too.
The Rogue has comfortable front seats. You should be able to drive for hours at a time, though we prefer the headrests to be less intrusive. In back, the rear seats are a little high off the floor but provide good thigh support and are adjustable for recline.
The Rogue delivers a comfortable ride in most circumstances. No harshness is transmitted to passengers over poor roads. Road undulations are the Rogue's only weakness: They make the ride feel bouncy, and it takes a second for the car to settle afterwards.
Noise & vibration8.0
Engine noise is nicely suppressed at cruising speed, and even wind and road noise is kept at low levels. The engine doesn't sound great at full throttle — there's more noise than actual forward propulsion. All in all, the Rogue is an impressively quiet car.
The dual-zone climate system keeps the cabin at a balanced temperature. Rear air vents circulate air for backseat passengers. Both the steering wheel and heated front seats get warm without being hot.
First, the highlights: The cabin is quite spacious, so four tall passengers can sit in comfort. Large openings also make it a cinch to enter and exit. However, outward visibility is poor, it takes a while to find a comfortable seating position, and there are too many misplaced buttons.
Ease of use6.0
Buttons are the Rogue's undoing. The physical buttons surrounding the touchscreen are on the small side, and the relatively tiny screen is easily cluttered with its own virtual buttons. Other buttons, including steering wheel heating, are inexplicably located next to the driver's left knee.
Getting in/getting out8.5
Taller drivers might brush their legs against the low-mounted steering column while getting in and out. Otherwise, it's easy to enter and exit the Rogue. Lots of rear legroom plus the front seat's positioning in front of the middle pillar makes it easy for rear passengers to get out. Most won't have to duck to get inside either
The driving position isn't great. The lack of thigh adjustment naturally makes for a compromised driving position, and the forward-tilted headrests make you adopt a greater level of seat recline than you might typically use.
The cabin offers a good sense of room. Even tall rear passengers can sit behind long-legged front occupants. The rear outboard seats feel a little narrow, and you might rest your shoulder against the middle seat. The 40/20/40-split rear seat slides fore and aft.
The low beltline is consistent for front and rear side windows, so you can easily see out the sides. But the rear three-quarter view is abysmal due to a small quarter window and a substantial rear pillar. It's all too easy to lose track of a car in the blind spot.
Even in this top-tier trim, it's hard to overcome a feeling of cheapness due to the overabundance of hard scratchy plastics. Well-padded faux leather coverings make it better than a Mitsubishi Outlander, but it's not as good as a Honda CR-V, and not even in the same category as the Mazda CX-5.
There's tons of room for stuff behind the second row. The two floor covers lead to interesting and useful cargo configurations, too. Interior storage cubbies are lacking, and the rear armrest solution is a little silly and not practical if you have a lot of stuff in the cargo area.
There's not much room below the center stack for small items, and the USB port/12-volt outlet module takes a chunk out of the under-arm storage bin. At least door pockets are decently sized. Lower the rear-seat armrest to use the cupholders and you expose your elbows to whatever cargo you're hauling. Not the best solution.
At 39.3 cubic feet, the Rogue's cargo area is the largest in the class by a hair. It's very useful thanks to a low load height and Nissan's Divide-N-Hide system, which features dual floor covers that be configured in multiple ways. Small items might slide around on the plastic floor underneath.
Child safety seat accommodation7.5
Four lower car seat anchors are exposed for easy access, but the leather surrounding them is stiff. The roof-mounted tether is easy to access, while fabric covers the two tethers at the bottom of the seatback. On the plus side, you can reach these tethers without removing the cargo cover.
The real highlight is Nissan's ProPilot Assist system, which bundles several useful and intuitive driving aids. Everything else is a mixed bag — the audio system sounds good but the speakers rattle, while voice controls are good at recognizing speech but the menu structure is confusing.
Audio & navigation6.0
The Bose audio system sounds pretty good, delivering defined bass where other competing systems sound muddy. That said, we had speaker rattle at higher volume with bass output in its default setting. The nav system is functional but the small screen makes it difficult to decipher detailed info.
There's a single USB data port below the center stack, plus another charge-only port under the armrest. Even though this is a large, family-friendly SUV, there are no ports for backseat passengers.The Rogue offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, something that other competitors don't.
Adaptive cruise is fairly intuitive and manages changing traffic conditions well with smooth acceleration and braking inputs. And the steering assist feature stays engaged even if you need to steer counter to its logic. The lane departure warning system is overly sensitive but can easily be turned off.
The system doesn't really support natural speech detection — you pretty much have to follow a rigid and complicated menu structure. But voice recognition is good, even if it didn't always recognize restaurant names. Directional information is provided (2.2 miles to the left, for instance), which is rare in this class.
Which Rogue does Edmunds recommend?
The middle SV trim with the optional Premium package should hit the sweet spot for most buyers looking to handle commuter, family and recreational uses. The SV offers the more desirable features from the top SL trim, without the SL's larger wheels that can detract from the ride quality, while the Premium package adds useful features such as a surround-view camera system, navigation and a power liftgate.
2019 Nissan Rogue models
The 2019 Nissan Rogue is a small crossover SUV available in three trim levels: S, SV and SL. The smaller Rogue Sport model is reviewed separately. A Rogue Hybrid is also available.
Most Rogues come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (170 horsepower, 175 pound-feet of torque) paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that sends power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is available as an option. The Rogue Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor (176 hp combined output) and either front- or all-wheel drive. It's available only in SV and SL trims.
Standard features on S trims include 17-inch steel wheels, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats that also slide and recline, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, dual USB inputs, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a four-speaker CD player with satellite radio. Safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist.
The SV trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, a hands-free-opening liftgate, heated side mirrors, keyless entry, push-button ignition, rear privacy glass, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a six-speaker audio system. Additional driver safety aids include rear parking sensors and reverse automatic braking.
Several of these features are also available for the S trim level via the optional Special Edition package.
The top-trim SL includes 19-inch wheels, foglights, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, a surround-view camera system, an integrated navigation system, NissanConnect emergency and convenience services, and a nine-speaker Bose audio system. The SL also comes with ProPilot Assist, a combination of semiautomated driving features that includes stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, which can bring the car to a complete stop and start again, and steering assist, which keeps the car centered in its lane.
Several of the SL's features, such as ProPilot Assist, are available on the SV. Options for the SL include a panoramic sunroof (also available for the SV) and LED headlights, while the Platinum Reserve Interior package adds quilted tan leather upholstery.
4.0 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
5 out of 5 stars
Survived a T-Bone airborne crash in a 2014 Rogue
2019 Nissan Rogue S 4dr SUV w/Prod. End 10/18 (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
I just survived in the back seat and my children who were in the front seat and drivers seat in a bad car crash where we were t-boned, flew backwards airborne and flipped on our side and we all walked away with the curtain airbags. I can't say enough how the safe the car was to keep us unharmed. I promptly went and bought a 2019 SL Rogue since the 2014 was totaled.
4 out of 5 stars
Cannot beat a Rogue
2019 Nissan Rogue SL 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
This is my 5th Nissan - 2 Pathfinders and now my 3rd Rogue. Wasn't even really considering a trade to a '19 till the safety features made me decide to (again). They introduced some extra bells & whistles that put it over the top for me. I am under 5ft and my husband is over 6ft we both are very comfortable. I admit they haven't really changed up the 'look' of the inside - I just traded … my '14 which is a little disappointing, but now I have heated steering wheel, a load more of safety assist features, etc. Of all my Nissan products I have never experienced any major car troubles. Mileage is very good. And for being short visibility issues, seat/pedal issues are always something I need to be aware of and that is why I keep coming back to Nissan.
4 out of 5 stars
Great SUV For the Price
2019 Nissan Rogue SL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Test Drive the SV Or the SL trim and compaire the features on both, you get alot of things most others do not offer and the interior looks well made and higher quaility than others, Yes the engine is smaller but it is a compact SUV not a sports car! We get good MPG -24-25 in town and on the interstate 32-34 MPG at the legal speed limit, also on the SL trim the chrome accents set off the … outside appearance. PART2 , We had the Nissan Rogue about 11 months now and we are very happy with it the SUV,it still runs great and looks new, we do keep in the garage and I wash it by hand, we live in California and they are messing with our gasoline again and so the mpg has gone down alittle, the only problem we had to date was the outside air temp. sensor went bad, I ordered one and put in myself. which took about 1/2 hour, also we have had some very hot weather and the A/C works great!I will do another review in the future 3-13-20 we had our Nissan for 16 months it has been good to us, overall great looks, one thing that we had on going is the Drivers seat clicks while moving in the car, I had it to the dealership 2 times, and they can not find the problem they said drive it and maybe it will get worse so they can hear it or feel it? We took a 800 mile trip through Ca. and averaged 32 MPG at 70 mph, in Arizona we got 35MPG with their gas! CA. gas stinks and the MPG goes down cause of all the crap they add to it! Thats the PITS also we have the highest price Gas in the US! We still like our Nissan Rogue!
3 out of 5 stars
Good SUV with one dangerous feature
Jack L, 06/21/2020
2019 Nissan Rogue S 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
The car has all the basic feature and runs smoothly on highway. I would give it a four star had it not had the issue with automatic emergency braking (AEB) . I have the 2019 model with the latest software. However, AEB has falsely engaged three times within less than a year. It's dangerous. There is no way to permanently disable the feature. I have seen people complaining about it all … over the places.
2019 Nissan Rogue video
[MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: This is the 2019 Nissan Rogue. It has newly added driver safety aides, a comfortable ride, and plenty of room for cargo and people. But is that enough for the Rogue to compete with more recently redesigned small SUVs? Let's find out. If you like these videos, subscribe to our channel. And make sure you visit Edmunds for all your car shopping needs. The initial door open on the Nissan Rogue is sort of a surprise, like a happy surprise. And it does look really nice, especially in these upper trims, where you can get different color leatherette, and shiny piano black. There is a lot of hard plastic still in this car. I guess I would call it semi hard plastic. It actually feels better than it looks, except on the steering wheel. This is just a really weird decision that the Nissan designers made. There's a heated steering wheel, which seems super luxurious. I would have given that up to just have a nicer material on the steering wheel. I just don't want to touch it. It's like I want to drive it like this. But the rest of the materials feel pretty good. The front seats are very firm, maybe even a little too firm for long term driving comfort. And the space in the front is a little bit cramped. Tall people don't have the most head room, maybe partially because of the sunroof. And the seats are narrow. Also, on the passenger side, the way that the dash comes in around the knee is difficult for taller passengers. The back seats, however, are really spacious. There's a great amount of room back there. And I would say it's actually more comfortable to ride in the back of the Rogue than it is to drive it. A lot of the safety stuff that people are starting to expect in these cars is standard on the Rogue. And it all works very well, which is good, because the car has a pretty big blind spot. There's also a lot of good infotainment controls. Apple and Android, which is something that some of the competitors do not offer. It's got a touch screen that's small, but works well, and is easy to see. But the controls for everything are just all over the place. It's almost like this is a car that was designed many years ago. (WHISPERING) It was. And they decided to add in all of the new technology, but they hadn't originally designed the car to have space for it. (WHISPERING) I think that's true. So there's this kind of strange Easter egg hunt that you get to do every time you want to control. Like hm, the heated steering wheel is over here. And also the sport and eco modes are over here. But the heated seats are down here. And the camera's over here. You have to remember where things are. I like it better when you kind of have the idea like, oh, all the climate stuff is here, and all of the safety control is here. There's room for small stuff in the console. Again, some strange decisions made about what and where. There is a cell phone pocket back here, the big cup holders. And there's sort of like a weird square spot up here that has a rubber no slip mat as if it's for holding a cell phone. But it would only work if you had a perfectly square cell phone. And there's a USB port and a 12 volt. I would say that that about covers it for the magic in the front seat of the Rogue. Let's take a look at the backseat. The backseat of the Rogue is, again, a mix of things that are thoughtful and things that could have used a little more thought. First, the good stuff. It's comfortable. It looks nice. There's a lot of leg room. It's adjustable, which is kind of nice for a second row. They aren't always. And the seat belts tuck away. So if you're sliding across to the middle, you don't hit your bum against them. But there are no USB ports. Could use a little more headroom. And the armrest is kind of a lot of work. In many ways the Rogue trails its competitors. It doesn't have the most horsepower and it doesn't get the best miles per gallon. But it shines in cargo space. It has the most. 39.3 with the seats up, and 70 with them down. That's kind of a lot for a little car. More than that, the storage is really clever. Nissan calls it Ride and Hide, Hide and Drive, Divide and Conquer, Divide and Hide. What it means is that what looks like the floor is actually covers that lift up so you can put valuable stuff here and no one will know that it's in the car. Here's the Divide and Hide in shelf mode. So you can see, you could put something underneath, and then still have stuff on top. Plus, one of the video guys just pointed out that you could use this as a workspace. You can get the Rogue in a variety of trim options. There is S, SV, and SL, as well as SV and SL Hybrid. We're in the top of the line SL all wheel drive. And it keeps making me laugh every time I see the badge on the back, because the SL and the all wheel drive are kind of right up against each other. And it looks like it says slawd. Like s'lord, it's hot in here. Anyhow, all bad southern accents aside, the engine options for everything except the hybrid are the same. It is a 2.5 liter four cylinder backed by a CVT style transmission. And I hate it. Sorry. It's just a really, really, really disappointing engine combination. It's 170 horsepower, which just isn't enough for a vehicle of this size. Even though some CVTs are starting to feel more like geared transmissions and not do that sad, drony vacuum cleaner thing, this one is not like that. It does do the sad, drony vacuum cleaner thing. In fact, the engine noise is really annoying. I've been trying to feel better about it by pretending it's cute, like a little baby lion roaring. Rawr. So I don't like that. I think the car is loud. It also has a bunch of wind noise. The responsiveness of the various inputs, meaning the steering and the throttle are acceptable, but not outstanding. Imagine it like this. You're at lunch with a friend, and that friend is either on their phone, or thinking about something else, and so they're sort of paying attention to you. Like they're making, mhm and yeah noises at all the right places in the conversation. But you don't really feel like you have their full attention and that they're really that responsive. And that is sort of how I feel about the steering in this car. It's turning the car, but sort of numb and disconnectedly. The Rogue does offer some of Nissan's highest tech driving assists, including warnings if you're going out of your lane, and adaptive cruise control, which works very well, and even a steering assist, which is like a semi self-driving. So it wants you to have your hands on the wheel and be paying attention, but it will make some steering corrections for you when you have that turned on, along with adaptive cruise control. They all go together. I tested all of that on the freeway in stop and go traffic. And I was impressed at the fact that it would work at very slow speeds, which not all adaptive cruise controls will let you put them on when it's less than 25 miles per hour. That's kind of when you want it the most. This works at very slow speeds. It was a nice break on my ankle when I was driving back from San Diego and three hours of stop and go traffic. So that does work. I don't love the self steering thing. I just am a control freak. I like steering. Steering's fun. Setting the adaptive cruise control and the steering is really easy, and it's very obvious when it's on. It's like a big, green banner kind of across the gauges, which is excellent. You're never wondering if you've accidentally turned it off or what. You know exactly what's happening. Some of the other controls, like if you want the alarm for a blind spot warning, or if you want it to beep when you're in or out of a lane, they're buried a little bit further in the menus in here, and it's not hard to find them if you're parked. But it's more than you would want to be staring at the screen while you're driving. So bear that in mind if you don't like the beeps. The Rogue's design hasn't changed a whole lot since, I think, 2014 when it first came out. And that's super noticeable in how thick this A pillar is and how bad the visibility is sort of for the blind spot and in the back. I feel like car designers are really working hard right now to make those things better. And this pillar, for me, is really difficult to see, especially on curvy roads. I mean, it is right where I want to be. You kind of end up doing what I call the curious owl, which is like when you're going around corners, trying to see around the pillar. It's like a dance. The S models of the Rogue start at around $25,000. And this one, with all the bells and whistles, is $36,000. I'm just going to say it. I wouldn't want to pay $36,000 for this car. I just don't feel like it's $36,000 worth of driving enjoyment. There are other cars you can buy for $36,000 that are better, just like across the board better. But I was talking to the gang back at the office, especially the folks who help with the buyer's guides and stuff on the Edmunds website. And they were pointing out that Nissan offers amazing rebates. And so I looked it up on my own computer, and immediately was sent an offer for a car with like $9,000 off. So assuming that you could get a car like this for like $28,000, well, now, that's a really good deal. It gets to a point where nobody else would offer this much for that amount of money. So where does the Rogue end up? Well, for the same amount of money, you could get the more attractive and way more fun to drive Mazda CX5, the better equipped, and our most highly rated in the segment, Honda CRV. Or just to throw you a curve ball, the Jeep Wrangler. It's not that the Rogue is awful. It's just that the competition is stellar. Hey, give us a follow on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
2019 Nissan Rogue Review and Road Test
If you're shopping for a small SUV, we're hoping this 2019 Nissan Rogue review will help narrow down your choices. Edmunds special correspondent Elana Scherr puts the small crossover through its paces and offers some thoughts on how it compares to the competition.
2019 Rogue Highlights
|Combined MPG||29 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$134/month|
|Cargo Capacity |
All Seats In Place
|Drivetrain||front wheel drive|
|Warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
Our experts like the Rogue models:
- Around-View Monitor
- Overcomes the Rogue's big blind spots with a bird's-eye view of the car and its surroundings.
- Forward Emergency Braking
- Helps to ensure that a momentary lapse of driver attention won't result in a collision.
- ProPilot Assist
- A combination of driver aids that works together to offer semiautomated, nearly self-driving operation.
NHTSA Overall Rating4 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver3 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover16.9%
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Small Overlap Front Driver-Side TestGood
- Small Overlap Front Passenger-Side TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – OriginalGood
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Side Impact Test – OriginalGood
- Side Impact Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
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