A common misconception is that fuel-efficient SUVs are expensive. The 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport begs to differ. Nissan is no stranger to the automotive market, with nearly a century of automobiles produced by the Japanese manufacturer, and perhaps nobody understands this better than its loyal fanbase. Whether this will be your first Nissan vehicle or you’re a returning fan, there’s a lot to be excited about with the 2022 Rogue Sport. Those who drive this year’s Rogue Sport will be in for exceptional fuel efficiency and features you would usually expect to find on premium models.
The Rogue Sport isn’t the cheapest SUV in the lineup, but it’s also far from the priciest. If you’re interested in the 2022 model, it has an MSRP of $24,460.[a] Thankfully, with Nissan keeping it simple again, three trim levels are available for the Rogue Sport. Investing in pricier trims means you get more luxurious amenities, notably to the cabin. Power-adjustable chairs and leather seats are a couple of examples of the upgrade path the Rogue Sport gives you. Should you stick with the base trim, the S, you’ll be treated to the same exciting tech as the more expensive models, such as the NissanConnect infotainment center. Your Rogue Sport will also include the Nissan Safety Shield 360 safety suite, adding a handful of assistive safety features to make driving safer.
There are two things you can immediately expect from your Rogue Sport––a smooth ride provided by the CVT and excellent fuel efficiency courtesy of its 2.0L I-4 engine. Nissan doesn’t complicate things here, but it ensured this sub-compact SUV would have the performance and efficiency necessary for everyday travel. Regardless of which trim you’ve chosen for your Rogue Sport, the result is 141 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque.
Nowadays, subcompact SUVs such as the Rogue Sport have proven that you don’t need a turbocharged engine to save money on fuel. The 2022 Rogue Sport’s efficiency is partly due to the CVT, and you can purchase this SUV in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, yet the fuel economy ratings remain impressive. Keeping the front-wheel drive nets you EPA-estimated ratings of 25 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway, making this subcompact SUV more than adequate for general city travel or commuting to work. The all-wheel drive powertrain fares similarly with fuel economy ratings of 24 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway, so don’t feel hesitant about opting for all-wheel drive if fuel efficiency is a primary concern.
The 2022 Rogue Sport’s interior is crafted around providing the most comfortable experience to everybody inside the vehicle, making this subcompact SUV ideal for any travel length. On pricier trims, Nissan adds a variety of luxury components. The standard Rogue Sport configuration gives the driver a 6-way manual driver’s seat, but upgrading to either of the two following trims will immediately swap this out with an 8-way power-adjustable seat with 2-way power lumbar support. Opting for the highest-end trim, the SL, means the passenger next to you can be treated to a 4-way power-adjustable seat.
Sticking with the base trim, the S, you’ll have cloth seating as standard, and unfortunately, this can’t be replaced with any other material. However, stepping up one trim level to the SV, premium cloth instead comes as standard, and you can swap these out for leatherette seating if you prefer. Additionally, each trim aside from the base model includes heated seats, making them ideal for the cold seasons depending on your climate. The SL, on the other hand, comes standard with genuine leather seating to complement the leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel – a nice touch for any vehicle in this price range.
Big and tall passengers won’t have trouble fitting inside the Rogue Sport, and prolonged travel will remain comfortable. Dimensions remain nearly identical across the board, with one exception, the SL trim allows for a moonroof, which slightly affects headroom. With the moonroof, you’ll have 38.8 inches of headroom; however, this isn’t too stark of a difference compared to the 39.6 inches you’ll get without the moonroof. Around the back, passengers in the rear seats will have 38.3 inches of headroom without the moonroof and 38.8 inches with it. Legroom remains identical across all three trims, which is 42.8 inches in the front and 33.4 inches in the back.
Cargo space is important for an SUV of any size, and the 2022 Rogue Sport delivers. Drivers purchasing the Rogue Sport will likely be driving with passengers often, and with all five passengers aboard, you’ll have a respectable 22.9 cu.ft. of available space. Mixed with the phenomenal fuel economy ratings of the Rogue Sport, this subcompact SUV is the perfect vehicle for vacationing any time of year. However, when you need your SUV to be the most versatile, lowering the back row of seats reveals additional cargo space, bringing the total to an exceptional 61.1 cu.ft. It’s not uncommon for subcompact SUVs to have spacious interiors, but the Rogue Sport is on a whole other level comparatively.
The technology within the Rogue Sport is greater than the sum of its parts, with first-class tech working in unison to provide every Rogue Sport driver with a seemingly endlessly-capable infotainment center. Unlike many big-name manufacturers, Nissan treats its base model Rogue Sport to the same infotainment center as the pricier trims. This means that every trim level includes a NissanConnect infotainment center, along with its 7-inch touchscreen.
Although more elaborate amenities, such as a premium audio system, are reserved for the SL, the base model receives what many would call the important features. Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, to name a few, all come standard, along with a single USB and aux port for connecting wireless devices to your media center. Springing for the SL means you’ll also get support for SiriusXM radio with an included three-month trial, and you can choose to invest in the Bose premium audio system for some of the best sound in the industry.
Every 2022 Rogue Sport comes with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 safety suite. That means every Rogue Sport includes an Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. These features provide alerts to the driver if the brakes need to be immediately applied, such as when a vehicle you’re driving behind suddenly hits the brakes or a pedestrian illegally crosses the street, among many other examples. It remains the driver’s responsibility to apply braking pressure quickly, but if the driver fails to do so, the Rogue Sport is designed to halt the vehicle to prevent an accident or, at the least, lessen the severity of a collision.
With the Nissan Safety Sheild 360 suite installed, your Rogue Sport also comes with a Lane Departure Warning and Intelligent Lane Intervention standard. These systems are designed for highway travel as they won’t activate until your vehicle is traveling around 37 mph or more. Regularly, shifting away from the right lane means you’ll cross a rumble strip, which is a clear indicator that you’ve strayed from your lane. There isn’t such a thing if you’re traveling in the middle lane, and if your vehicle begins to deviate, your Rogue Sport will sound an alert and display a warning on your dashboard. If you haven’t moved your vehicle back in its proper alignment, the Intelligent Lane Intervention system will assist you back into position by subtly adjusting steering and brake input to straighten out your vehicle.
The safety suite also comes standard with features you wouldn’t normally associate with base models, such as a Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Competing manufacturers develop similar tech, but they’re often not found on base models, mainly due to most vehicle manufacturers attempting to nickel and dime their way through the customer’s wallet. The Blind Spot Warning will inform you if another vehicle is traveling beside you, more specifically, in your blind spot. After the vehicle has passed you, the warning will subside, and you can safely switch lanes. The Rear Cross-Traffic Alert is also a welcomed addition to the standard feature set, bringing forth warnings to the driver if they’re about to strike a stationary object while reversing.