The 2022 Nissan Rogue is the next evolution of the compact crossover. With an all-new powertrain propelling the Rogue to new performance heights, the 2022 model year separates itself from the competition by embracing new technologies and advancements in fuel-saving ventures. For those who want a compact SUV that isn't just another generic entry in the very crowded segment, the 2022 Nissan Rogue is the way to go.
New for the model year is a swap out of the old 2.5-liter 4-cylinder for a 1.5-liter variable compression turbocharged 3-cylinder, aptly known as the VC-Turbo. The new powertrain provides improved overall fuel economy and more power, giving the 2022 Nissan Rogue a much stronger appeal on the market. The compact crossover is available across four different trims in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive.
The heart of the 2022 Nissan Rogue is the 1.5-liter 3-cylinder VC-Turbo engine. The compact crossover is propelled by the variable compression turbocharged engine, which is attached to the Xtronic CVT, which is a continuously variable transmission. These variable and continuous components relate to how the Rogue dynamically adjusts its performance based on how it is driven.
The 3-cylinder VC-Turbo utilizes an additional control arm for the pistons to adjust their maximum stroke distance, which can change the engine's compression ratios. In turn, this allows the Rogue to dynamically provide power for when the driver needs it. Alternatively, during more modest traveling sessions, the compression is altered for better fuel efficiency.
The way it works is that the control arm changes the maximum height of the piston's cycle, so it makes longer cycles with a high 14:1 compression ratio for better fuel efficiency and less fuel expenditure. Alternatively, you have a more stable boost from a low 8:1 compression ratio due to having a shorter stroke cycle. This works in conjunction with a dynamic exhaust camshaft and a two-tier fuel system that includes port injection and direct injection. The port injection works with less demanding use, rationing the fuel to accommodate lighter workloads, while the direct injection automatically kicks in when higher fuel requirements are detected for more power.
While it may seem rather complicated, the reality is that for the end-user, it means more power while using up less fuel. This is because instead of delivering maximum power at all times, it offers more efficient use of the powertrain during light stop-and-go traveling. Alternatively, when you need the boost in the passing lane on the highway, the 1.5-liter VC-Turbo is more than adequate enough for accomplishing the task.
The engine outputs 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque. That's a noticeable power improvement over the 2021 Nissan Rogue's 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, which would output 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. The improvement in power also comes with the aforementioned benefit in fuel efficiency, which is an estimated 33 miles per gallon combined.
Combined with the continuously variable transmission, which has also had its efficiency increased by improving the gear ratio spread for better utilization of torque, and improved shift responses, the Nissan Rogue has been redesigned to be a much better performing compact crossover. The new changes and further upgrades add to the overall value of the SUV, especially in the performance department. This makes for a unique driving experience for the 2022 Rogue, accommodating both performance and fuel economy, making it viable for a wide number of different kinds of drivers.
Inside, the 2022 Nissan Rogue sports seating for up to five people, with available dual-zone and tri-zone automatic temperature control for select trims. Every trim, however, comes with power windows and power door locks, with one-touch auto features and auto-locking capabilities. The 2022 Nissan Rogue also continues the trend of maintaining the latest in tech advancements with an integrated key and remote keyless entry with easy-to-use push-button ignition.
Comfort is a strong quality of the Rogue, affording for a 6-way manual driver's seat and 4-way manual front passenger seat for the base trims, and 8-way power driver's seat with 2-way lumbar support and a 4-way power front passenger seat for the upper trims. This also includes a driver memory seat for the seat positioning and the outside mirrors. Cloth seats come standard, but you can also have them upgraded to optional leather seats on select trims. The top-tier Platinum comes standard with quilted semi-aniline leather-appointed seating, and a matching leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Available heated and front and rear seats, along with a heated steering wheel, add to the overall comfort amenities. This is coupled with Nissan's advanced safety system, which includes zone body construction with exterior crumple zones that are paired with a reinforced interior passenger compartment. Lower anchors and tethers for children come standard, along with multiple airbag systems throughout the cabin.
Cargo tie-down hooks, along with an available Divide-N-Hide cargo system, enable easy storage of multiple items throughout the interior and behind the second-row seats. Front seatback pockets, up to four bottle holders, four cup holders, and available interior lighting all help round out some of the features that help illuminate the value of the Rogue. With the added vehicle security system, you're also in secure company at all times.
Whether outside or inside the 2022 Nissan Rogue, there is a design ethos that emanates throughout the core of the compact SUV: it's all about the technology. Bumper to bumper, there is a litany of features that help separate the Rogue from the competition. From the latest advancements in powertrain capabilities to the most sought-after infotainment features within the interior cabin, the Nissan Rogue stands at the cusp of cutting-edge consumer desires.
It starts on the outside with LED daytime running headlights, taillights, and available fog lights, all powered by intelligent auto headlight technology. Available heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators and a power motion-activated liftgate help add to the value of the Rogue's convenience features. Inside, the story is still very much the same.
The available 12.3-inch Advanced Drive-Assist display unit provides a cluster of telematics to help inform and alert the driver to important developments, while trim-specific digital dashboard displays with fully digital gauges help illuminate and inform at all times of the day. The infotainment suite is powered by the NissanConnect technology, with a starting 8-inch touchscreen display, but an available 9-inch touchscreen can help raise the standards of what you expect from the infotainment offerings.
Bluetooth wireless connectivity is the backbone of the technology suite, which allows for network browsing, smartphone integration, and Wi-Fi hotspot support. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, while wireless Apple CarPlay is available with the Platinum trim. You can also make use of voice-activated controls, messaging, and hands-free smartphone activation. The tech treats don't end there.
For maximum enjoyment of widely available entertainment streams, media, and audio connectivity, the NissanConnect Services can be had on select trims, offering SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial access, along with an available premium software package. There is also available SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link services, enabling you to plot and plan your routes and destinations while avoiding heavy traffic, as well as multiple USB ports for all manner of charging and connectivity purposes.
You can even make use of available wireless charging, which allows you to stay connected without using any cords whatsoever. Other features such as speed-sensitive volume control come standard on every trim, along with Bluetooth-enabled audio streaming. For the ultimate audio experience, you can also make use of the available Bose premium audio system, which comes packed with a dual-driver subwoofer, perfect for when you want to listen to your favorite tunes in the highest quality possible.