Style, Comfort, Value: 2019 Nissan Rogue SL FWD Test Drive

While Nissan Rogue is one of the oldest designs in the compact crossover segment, it remains one of the best.

  — by Jeffrey N. Ross

Despite being introduced for the 2014 model year, the current Nissan Rogue continues to keep pace with the best of the compact crossover segment such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Nissan has managed to do this by giving the Rogue a uniquely vast lineup that not only includes separate models like the Rogue, Rogue Sport and Rogue Hybrid but also distinctly different trim levels across each model. Just look at this 2019 Nissan Rogue SL, for example. It might look very similar to the volume-selling Rogue SV trim level we recently tested, but step inside and you’ll find a luxury-minded cabin with plenty of style.

Nissan Rogue Exterior

Even though the 2019 Nissan Rogue is one of the oldest designs in the compact segment, it still has one of the best overall designs, and the 2019 model carries over with no visual changes. This SL might be painted in the same premium ($395) Monarch Orange paint as the SV we tested, but it does come with some added equipment to stand out a little more with the two-tone, 19-inch V-spoke wheels and standard fog lights. Adding the optional ($1,820) Premium Package also brought even more of a luxurious appearance with full LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof.  

2019 Nissan Rogue Interior

Where the 2019 Nissan Rogue really stands out from the crowd of compact crossovers is its interior. From comfort to design to luxury, Nissan sweated every detail of the Rogue’s interior starting with the ultra-comfortable, NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front seats. These provide ample support and surprising comfort on long drives, while the back seats have no problem accommodating three adult passenger. Making sure to include plenty of utility, the EZ Flex Seating System is Nissan’s way of saying that the back seats and front passenger seat fold down flat for maximum cargo capacity, and the Divide-N-Hide Cargo System creates 18 different ways to balance passenger comfort and cargo space including an adjustable cargo area load floor. With the rear seats up, the Rogue can handle 39.3 cubic feet of cargo, and folding the rear seats down opens up 70 cubic feet of space; with the front seat folded, Nissan says that the Rogue’s cabin can swallow an eight-foot ladder.

As the top trim level, the 2019 Nissan Rogue SL is already quite luxurious with features like leather seats, a heated steering wheel, nine-speaker Bose audio with seven-inch touch screen display and NissanConnect with Navigation. This tester heaped on even more high-end touches with the $250 Platinum Reserve package stylish tan leather on the instrument panel, door panels and on the uniquely quilted seats. The panoramic sunroof is another class-leading feature offering plenty of light in this stylish cabin thanks to dual glass panels that stretch all the way back to the B-pillar.

Nissan Rogue Powertrain

One reason Nissan is selling so many Rogues is that this nameplate is available with three models – Rogue, Rogue Sport and Rogue Hybrid – that offer three distinct powertrain options. The Rogue uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, and it is mated to Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission. This front-wheel drive Rogue SL has EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway*, which proved to be easily attainable after a week of mixed driving. Whether it’s being driven through the city or out on the open highway, the 2019 Rogue provides a smooth and quiet ride, and it’s even able to tow up to 1,102 pounds when properly equipped.

Nissan Rogue Safety

All 2019 Nissan Rogue crossovers come standard with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Warning as well as features previously only offered on the top-of-the-line SL trim like Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Intelligent Lane Intervention; the SV and SL trim levels also include Rear Automatic Braking. Despite all of this advanced safety, the aging 2019 Nissan Rogue only manages a four-star overall crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while most other compact CUVs get a five-star rating.

The most important piece of safety technology found on the 2019 Nissan Rogue is its segment-exclusive ProPilot Assist, which for 2019 is now standard on the SL trim level and optional on the SV trim. Nissan calls it a semi-autonomous feature, but rather than think of it as something that is self driving, it’s better just to look at it as an improved implementation of current lane departure and adaptive cruise control technology. It only works on limited-access highways with the driver’s hands on the wheel, and it is as easy to use as any of today’s adaptive cruise control systems. All of the information is clearly displayed on the digital display of the instrument cluster.

To turn the system on, just press the blue shield button on the steering wheel and set the speed. If you take your hands off the wheel, the Rogue flashes lights and makes noises like a pinball machine to alert the driver; if that still doesn’t work, it activates the hazard lights and slowly brings the crossover to a stop. While driving, the steering inputs are relatively smooth and feel more like a gentle crosswind rather than intrusive automation. Over the course of my long road trip, the use of ProPilot Assist was easy and intuitive. I even drove through light rain without any problems with the system’s activation, although it does turn off automatically when the windshield wipers are in low or high modes.

Nissan Rogue Overall

From the subcompact Kicks to the full-size Armada, Nissan boasts one of the strongest crossover lineups right now. The 2019 Nissan Rogue continues to be Nissan’s top-selling model, and thanks to its style, comfort, available amenities and value, it isn’t hard to see why. In base form, the well-equipped 2019 Rogue S is priced starting at $25,020**, while the luxury-minded SL starts at $31,490**. Adding desirable options including the unique Platinum Reserve Interior, this 2019 Nissan Rogue SL FWD had an as-tested price of $35,130.

Drop by your local AutoNation dealer today to check one out!

*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

** MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
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