In 2017, Nissan further embraced the small crossover segment with the introduction of the Rogue Sport to bridge the gap between the Juke and Rogue. With just a year under its belt, we expect no major changes to the Rogue Sport for 2018, save for one key update to its standard safety equipment.
Being just a year old, we expect the 2018 Rogue Sport to retain its looks inside and out. This smaller footprint fits buyers who feel the Rogue is still too big, while its roomier interior fits those who feel the Juke is just too cramped.
With no changes to its appearances, we don’t expect to see any updates to its standard equipment. If that's the case, then the 2018 Rogue Sport will come with standard 16-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, a split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio, a 5-inch central display, and a four-speaker audio system. Buyers looking for more equipment can opt for the midrange SV or the range-topping SL trim.
We anticipate no changes to the Rogue Sport’s powertrain in 2018. Look for the 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 141 horsepower and 147 pound-feet or torque to remain the same. Also remaining unchanged will be the standard continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive will still be an option.
The current Rogue Sport has not been tested for safety by either the IIHS or the NHTSA. However, this is the one area where we expect a change, as the 2018 Rogue Sport will gain standard automatic emergency braking (it was an option in 2017), which is one of the requirements to achieve Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus status from the IIHS. Otherwise, its safety equipment will remain the same, including its standard rearview camera, and optional blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist.
Expect a full review closer to launch.