Another addition to the subcompact-crossover menu.
With customer appetite for crossovers apparently unquenchable, suppliers are burning the midnight oil to maintain showrooms equipped. In order to help feed the need, Nissan tweezed the currently effective Qashqai from its international product menu and prepped it for stateside obligation as the Rogue Sport. Landing in the middle of a host of subcompact crossovers including the Honda HR-V, the Toyota C-HR, the Mazda CX-3, the Chevrolet Trax, as well as the Fiat 500X, the Rogue Sport shoulders know the Nissan Juke's area in the nick of time for the Juke's separation at the end of the 2017 design year.
Brothers in Small Arms
Mentioning shoulders, indoor room is simply one location where the Rogue Sport excels over the Juke. Not only does it supply much more front seat-shoulder space, yet access and also egress is simpler, and also the top quality of the seat furniture is much better. The Rogue Sport's outside layout supplies a tranquil, reserved respite from the Juke's busily extroverted visage.
While CVTs are mainly a subjective issue-- we tend to dislike them, some customers are unconcerned-- the unit in the Rogue Sport, which acts like a standard automated by executing distinct shifts, does little to change assumptions. Delegated its very own gadgets, and even with its changing mimicry, the CVT exhibits the characteristic rubber-band result under hefty throttle. Toggling the shifter right into its Sport mode keeps the engine in the meat of its powerband with unusual persistence. Given that the 2.0-liter makes most of its power in the top end of the tachometer (its 141-hp peak happens at a reasonably high 6000 rpm; maximum torque is 147 lb-ft at 4400 rpm), things can obtain a little buzzy. Remain in the throttle through the twisties as well as it'll hold a "equipment" until you get to a straightaway enough time that the only means to proceed speeding up is to adjust the ratio. That's when things get less enjoyable, as the CVT takes care of the ratio adjustment, or "change," with slippery indifference. You could call out the activity manually by means of the shift lever-- there are no change paddles-- however the sluggish result is essentially the same. (Note to diehard clutch-pedal supporters staying near our northern boundary: The Canada-market Rogue Sport, which maintains the Qashqai name, offers a six-speed manual transmission.).
The chassis, a minimum of, holds up its end of the bargain, its well balanced European breeding shining via. The steering is straight otherwise lively, as well as the little crossover revolved naturally on the a lot more tough sections of our local test loophole despite lateral hold that topped out at 0.79 g on our 300-foot skidpad. While less than jaw-dropping, this number remains in line with the Nissan's or else small capabilities. It likewise delivers a fairly certified trip, and just the toughest influences felt with the 225/45R -19 Bridgestone Ecopia H/L tires call for using curs. Braking from 70 miles per hour required 180 feet, which is somewhat much better than the 181 feet needed by the Mazda CX-3 and also the 183 feet that the Honda HR-V needed.
Nissan supplies the Rogue Sport in three trims: S ($ 22,395 base MSRP), SV ($ 23,995), as well as SL ($ 27,045). Four-wheel drive is a $1350 alternative. Nissan left nothing to possibility with our state-of-the-art SL AWD examination lorry, outfitting it with the $2280 SL Premium package (LED headlamps, a sunroof, as well as a security technology collection including blind-spot monitoring, back cross-traffic alert, automated emergency braking, as well as automated high-beams) as well as the $500 Platinum bundle (adaptive cruise control, lane-departure caution and also avoidance, as well as pedestrian discovery) for an as-tested rate of $31,245. (Note that the active-safety functions in the Platinum plan are available only on the SL trim; the Premium bundle is used on SV and also SL.).
That cost point is worrying, nevertheless, as this is a segment that appeals to first-time purchasers, and also overall value is commonly the making a decision factor in an acquisition. Don't depend on fuel financial savings to balance out the buy-in price, as we observed simply 22 mpg overall versus an EPA score of 27 combined-- yet we did defeat the EPA's 30-mpg highway figure on our 75-mph highway test by 1 mpg. At the as-tested price, our Rogue Sport SL AWD leaves customers lots of flexibility to find much better choices in this segment and the one over it, including the bigger as well as lauded Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and also Ford Escape, all of which can get similar fuel economic situation.
If the Rogue Sport's size, mix of attributes, as well as design rings your bell, have a look at a base S trim with front-wheel drive before committing to the totally packed version. With a base MSRP of $22,395, it'll leave enough cabbage in your pocketbook for a wonderful collection of winter season tires and also more than a couple of elegant dinners.