By on April 21, 2018

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, Image: Nissan

The Nissan Rogue Sport, introduced partway into the 2017 model year, carries the Qashqai moniker north of the border, and for some reason I’ve taken to saying its name with an invisible exclamation mark. It’s like saying Seattle! — it just seems appropriate.

In a bid to boost the sub-Rogue’s safety, Nissan has unveiled a mid-year update to the little crossover, and with it a new price. Peace of mind comes with a cost.

It might not matter to many customers, as the standard safety features coming to all 2018.5 Rogue Sports are increasingly becoming must-haves. Starting right away, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert appear on all trims, with intelligent cruise control (ICC) coming standard on the uplevel SL model. You’ll also find ICC added to the SV Technology Package.

To fund this added kit, the base S model’s MSRP grows by $470, ringing in at $23,085 after delivery. Beyond this, everything remains the same throughout the model’s lineup. You’ll still find a 2.0-liter inline-four making 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque mated to a continuously variable automatic, and all wheel drive remains an option on all trims.

So far, we’re not seeing the changes coming to the U.S. model carry over into Canadian versions. The Qashqai is still listed as a 2018 model up here, where you’ll find a standard six-speed manual transmission on the base trim.

It’s too bad Nissan bundles sales of the baby Rogue with that of its larger sibling, as it makes it difficult to judge the model’s popularity in the United States. Combined, the Rogue nameplate recorded a 6.7 percent sales increase in March, with volume over the first three months of 2018 rising 14.8 percent over the same period last year.

[Image: Nissan]

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32 Comments on “Crossover With Two Names Grows Pricier In Mid-year Update...”


  • avatar
    JEFFSHADOW

    I always thought that the Rogue Sport was just a renamed “Juke” Joke.
    Same classification and nearly the same size…

  • avatar
    Trucky McTruckface

    Like the sticker price means anything on these fleet/poor credit specials.

    • 0 avatar
      Dave M.

      You may well be right; discounts in this area are 15-25% varying on your dickering skills. The Rogue SL remains a hell of a lot of vehicle for the money, especially the ones starting with a “1” VIN. I was very impressed with the one we rented last summer – decent room for 5 and luggage, decent power to explore upstate NY, 30 mpg.

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    What IS the correct way to pronounce “Qashqai”?

  • avatar
    conundrum

    Cash kie

    Everyone seems to ignore Nissan. The Rogue and Rogue Sport combined for 403,000 sales in the US in 2017, only 4,000 behind the RAV4 at 407,000.

    In Canada, 44,000 Rogue plus 11,000 Qashqai Rogue Sport combined for almost 55,000 sales in 2017, OUTselling RAV4 by 4000 units.

    These sell for more bucks than bottom feeder Nissan sedan sales. And also give an insight into why the Renault/Nissan/Mitsubishi Alliance is the world’s biggest automaker by unit sales. They sold 1.25 million Rogues/Qashqai and X-Trails(Rogue by any other name) worldwide, far as I can tell all fundamentally the same bones.

    Not my cup of tea, but boy is this thing successful in the market.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      conundrum,
      I do like the Renault/Nissan/Mitsubishi alliance. It wouldn’t surprise me if they become much more dominant in the global market.

      The way I see it is the Asians are the most successful auto builders with the EU second. Combining the EU and Asian element will be and is the success of the Alliance.

      The US manufacturers need to look at how the future major auto manufacturers are setting and modelling themselves if they want to become more than the supplier to an increasingly competitive global market.

      What the Alliance needs to do is come up with a genuine prestige marque or three, buy FCA out and remove most of the deadwood out of FCA, which will leave Ram and Jeep. This will keep the Chinese from buying FCA.

      • 0 avatar

        Yeah, but the problem is that they make crap, lot of crap and majority of Earth’s population is poor, very poor and have no credit history or not a good one. It does not mean American companies know how to properly manage brands – quite the opposite.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al from Oz

          Inside Looking Out,
          What do you consider the Earth’s population? Australia isn’t poor, nor is any Western EU nation.

          Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc are they poor?

          The Gulf States are they poor and they drive lots of Nissan Patrols and Landcruisers.

          Here’s a statement, have a read and look at other links on where the globe really is.

          “Homi Kharas, an expert on the global middle class, estimated in a recent study that 3.2 billion people, or 42 percent of the total world population, are now in the global middle class.”

          https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/08/global-middle-class-discontent/535581/

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Wow, so if you combine the sales of two different vehicles, they almost outsell the best seller. That means Nissan = WINNING!

      Nobody ignores Nissan, we just know that their version of “value” is what looks good on paper but fails to hold up in real life. Cheap materials, agricultural engines, and a droning CVT does not a desirable vehicle make. I will give the Rogue Sport one thing, it looks better than the Rogue. But, any other small crossover outside of the CH-R and defunct Juke does as well.

  • avatar
    TOTitan

    The hate for Nissan on this site is absurd. They have identified a market opportunity and successfully exploited it. That is the very definition of a profitable, well run business.

    • 0 avatar
      deanst

      You can admire their business strategy without being a fan of their vehicles. I don’t think it is unfair to say that their main redeeming quality is a high value for the money content.

      • 0 avatar
        TOTitan

        Agreed.

        • 0 avatar
          Arthur Dailey

          Yes, it is unnerving how some people will post comments based solely on their personal prejudice and/or without any basis in fact.

          The Rogue is competitive in its market. Not the best at any one thing but not the worst either.

          The Qashqai has been successful in Europe for a number of years, so is a proven platform/drivetrain. And again competitive in its segment, for a reason.

          SUV”s in all sizes are the current market favourite. And after having ‘owned’ one for the past year +, I have come to realize its benefits. Still for me, not as useful as a minivan. But the higher ground clearance is beneficial in the winter. And at my age, I have zero interest in acquiring or driving another low slung, low roofline sedan or coupe.

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al from Oz

            Arthur,
            My uncle in France has a Qashqai, from what I’ve seen they come with two wheelbases, his seems longish.

            I do like the vehicle, it’s comfortable, leather and blinged out. The two litre engine gas engine is more than enough to travel on the autoroutes at above 160km per hour.

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            At my age, I have a very high interest in acquiring or driving a low slung, low roofline sedan or coupe.

            Whether the ‘market’ or the manufacturers, I gotta blame something for CUV mania.

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al from Oz

            ajla,
            I know the Kia Stinger is not a coupe, but if I had a car it would be the one.

            Cheap, handles quite well and lots of mumbo. Then add all the bling and bullsh!t and it’s great value.

          • 0 avatar

            How old you might be? I am 64 y.o. and do not like high riding cars (like 500) or SUVs. I prefer lower centre of gravity, just feel more comfortable and safe. But do not like feeling of sitting on the floor. When I was teenager I was racing go kart (thank you DOSAAF) for fun. I am too old now for these antics. So SUV or go kart no but sport sedan yes

          • 0 avatar
            JEFFSHADOW

            The 2018 Chrysler 300 has a $6,000 rebate. Time to get one is now! Applies to purchase or lease!
            I plan to order the Medium Green with the “Vanilla” leather interior.

      • 0 avatar
        jalop1991

        “high value for the money”

        um, the very word “value” means “good amount of whatever stuff you’re looking for for the money”.

        There is no such thing as “value for the money”. “Value” already incorporates “the money” inside its very definition.

        And I hate it whenever a manufacturer brings out the cheapest thing you can call such a thing and declare it to be their “value” version. Oh, so the other stuff you sell does NOT have value???

        Everyone judges value on his own basis. I agree, the Nissan strategy appeals to enough people to show it to be a successful business strategy.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al from Oz

          jalop1991,
          Nissan outside of the US/Canada has more credibility than how I see the comments dished out here on TTAC.

          As for value, well, bling and bullsh!t seems to work. The manufacturers realise this and make a killing on it. Chinese cars are cheaper not because of wages, but they tend to not over value the bling and bullsh!t in their vehicles.

          I mean how much does it really cost to add all of the power options, leather, connectivity, etc in a car? Nowhere’s near the price the manufacturers charge.

          • 0 avatar
            jalop1991

            “I mean how much does it really cost to add all of the power options, leather, connectivity, etc in a car? Nowhere’s near the price the manufacturers charge.”

            The used car market bears that out. It is brutal, and defines just what value those things actually have.

  • avatar
    scott25

    No surprise the Rogue and by extension the smaller version are successful. It’s the same reason the Corolla and Camry were successful, it’s the “safest”, most vanilla choice available on the market today, is reasonably priced compared to the competition, and is reliable enough to last a 5 year lease without any issues.

  • avatar

    Rogue. Some reason, this is always the car being driven cluelessly…..when I was a kid, a classic Cadillac with an old guy wearing a hat was a symbol to get around this car ASAP. Today, a Rogue is a must avoid-like a Prius, I’ve never seen on well driven.

  • avatar
    Dutcowski

    Maybe Kicks will kill Sentra and Versa? Gosh darn it that Sentra NISMO all for $$$ nothing… Eventually they’d NISMO Rogue/Sport…

    Never driven a Rogue. The SL with leather & wood looked appealing in a dealer’s lot. Not at all keen on Nissan NA pallet. The only colors Rogue looks good in are metallic blue or burgundy. The rest meh.


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