The Nissan Rogue was already a robust contender earlier than final 12 months’s overhaul, which added a brand new look, new facilities and tech, elevating the compact SUV to its present place of “best-selling” mannequin in Nissan’s lineup. Now, only one mannequin 12 months later, the 2018 mannequin has obtained yet one more vital replace, bringing much more security within the type of the automaker’s ProPilot Help driver support know-how.
Nonetheless, whereas I can perceive the Rogue’s mass attraction and see why it is such a robust vendor, I’ve struggled when recommending even the brand new 2017 mannequin; it is a stable journey however has accomplished little to make it stand out over competing compact SUV fashions with higher dashboard tech or driving dynamics. Will the brand new security tech improve present the Rogue with the sting it wants? I hit the highway in a 2018 Nissan Rogue SL AWD to seek out out.
First, let’s discover out what all the fuss is about and try the SL Platinum bundle’s new ProPilot Help system.
The blue “power discipline” button arms the ProPilot Help system.
In a nutshell, ProPilot Help is a mix of an adaptive cruise management system, lane-keeping steering help and a driver alertness monitor into one easy characteristic that may be activated in simply two fast faucets. Merely hit the blue “power discipline” button on the steering wheel and set your required velocity and the help system goes to work, protecting a protected following distance behind a number one automotive and including steering support to assist preserve the Rogue from drifting out of its lane.
The steering help is fascinating, you may really feel it working by way of the steering wheel whereas driving, nudging right here and there to assist preserve the automotive centered within the lane. The help type of feels much like when a automotive follows a deeply rutted highway, but it surely by no means feels overwhelming and the slight resistance was simple to beat if I wanted to rapidly evade an object. The motive force’s intentions are at all times prioritized over the help.
ProPilot Help is designed to work at freeway speeds, however its adaptive cruise aspect can carry the automotive to a whole cease, so you may make use of it in stop-and-go site visitors.
Nonetheless, ProPilot Help shouldn’t be an autonomous driving system — although it does provide some semiautonomous options that we’ll get to shortly — and Nissan appears to have gone out of its method to educate the press and its drivers to not deal with it as such. Like all fashionable ADAS, this know-how depends on having a human in management always.
ProPilot Help displayed some fascinating behaviors after I ignored Nissan’s warning and tried to go hands-off. Relying on how straight the highway was, I would obtain audible and visible warnings after only a few moments. Let’s fake I am a really distracted driver or I’ve fallen asleep on the wheel and proceed to disregard the system. Subsequent, the Rogue would briefly, however sharply, faucet the brakes to shake my consideration again to the highway forward. I will be trustworthy, it was exhausting to not seize the wheel at this level, however I refrained only a bit longer. At this level, the system will assume that the drive has been incapacitated and activate the automobile’s hazard lights and try to securely carry the Rogue to a cease in its lane.
Personally, I feel the best way ProPilot Help responds to this simulation of an incapacitated driver is what makes it stand out from different ADAS choices at this class/value. Each different system I’ve examined in need of the highest luxurious choices simply shuts off when it detects that the driving force’s fingers have left the wheel, which might create an unsafe state of affairs if that driver has dozed off or had a seizure. Nissan’s system is not good sufficient to drag to the shoulder, however no less than it will not ship you flying off a cliff.
NissanConnect dashboard tech
A 7-inch show audio system is now commonplace gear for the 2018 Rogue, up from the 5-inch rig from final 12 months. Additionally new for 2018 is commonplace Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, in addition to Nissan’s personal handful of NissanConnect app integrations together with Pandora, iHeartRadio and Fb.
Our instance was a top-trim SL mannequin that steps as much as an upgraded 7-inch NissanConnect infotainment system that provides first rate navigation software program with voice recognition. There’s additionally the power to seek for locations on-line by way of Google when linked to the automaker’s personal smartphone app. Traditionally, tech hasn’t been the Rogue’s robust go well with, however the addition of Android and Apple software program to the combination goes a great distance towards gaining parity with the competitors.
The NissanConnect infotainment continues to be rudimentary, but it surely now comes with a normal 7-inch display screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Together with the infotainment options, we’re additionally packing premium Bose audio and Nissan’s Round-View digicam system, which stitches feeds from 4 cameras mounted across the Rogue Hybrid into one 360-degree view of the realm across the automotive. With motion-detection software program, the cameras may also audibly alert drivers in the event that they get too near an individual or pet.
That is along with the usual S trim-level gear that the Rogue rolls off of the road with, together with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts and ahead precollision alerts with automated emergency braking and pedestrian detection.
Our Rogue SL was the very best trim stage, which provides leather-based trim and automated excessive beams and makes many choices accessible in lower-trim packages into commonplace options. I used to be handled to a heated steering wheel and heated entrance seats on cool mornings and aided in loading cargo by an influence opening and shutting rear liftgate with hands-free kick-to-open entry.
In that rear storage space, I used to be additionally ready to take a look at the brand new Divide-N-Cover cargo system, which was lacking from the Rogue Hybrid I examined earlier this 12 months. Annoying in identify, however intelligent in operation, the system consists of a pair of panels and a sequence of channels molded into the wall of the rear hatch that work collectively to create a wide range of configurations for managing your junk.
In a single configuration, there is a tall vertical house with a small hidden underfloor space. In one other, there are a number of cabinets for organizing small gadgets. But a 3rd retains issues from rolling ahead when the second row seats are folded flat. All in all, there are a few half-dozen storage modes to select from.
You may take a look at our video evaluation to see a number of of the configurations in motion.
Efficiency and effectivity
Below the hood, the Rogue includes a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making a good 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. That torque reaches the entrance wheels by way of the usual Xtronic constantly variable transmission (CVT) except geared up with an non-compulsory on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD) system like our instance’s. AWD fashions characteristic a capability to lock in to full-time four-wheel drive, which turns out to be useful in snowy or icy circumstances, however does not rework the Rogue into any type of rock crawler.
In the meantime, the SUV additionally options Sport and Eco drive packages that alter the transmission shift factors and the throttle mapping. The distinction between these and the usual drive mode is nowhere close to as pronounced as I noticed on the Hybrid mannequin earlier this 12 months, however there’s a noticeable distinction within the Rogue’s character.
The two.5-liter’s effectivity is on the decrease finish of the category, however presents good torque and clean CVT-assisted acceleration.
Our Rogue SL AWD obtained a 27 mpg mixed estimate from the EPA, which breaks all the way down to 32 mpg on the freeway and 25 metropolis mpg. In the actual world, I averaged 25.6 mpg, which is appropriate, however not notably spectacular among the many Rogue’s friends.
Worth and competitors
The 2018 Nissan Rogue begins at $24,680, coming pretty properly geared up with the brand new Android Auto- and Apple CarPlay-enabled NissanConnect receiver, in addition to first rate energy and effectivity. Our SL AWD mannequin was just about totally loaded, testing at $36,625.
At that value and on this compact SUV class, the Rogue continues to face stiff competitors and, for essentially the most half, nonetheless sits in the midst of the pack. Honda’s CR-V is extra environment friendly and competes intently on cabin tech. Mazda’s CX-5 presents higher driving dynamics, however worse tech. In the meantime, the Rogue continues to extend its benefits over competitors from Toyota, Ford and Volkswagen. By stepping up its recreation with new NissanConnect dashboard tech, extra facilities and the distinctive ProPilot Help security system, I feel that the Rogue has lastly discovered the sting that it wants to face out from the group.