The 2019 Nissan Rogue caters to the crossover crowd with great fuel economy, an abundance of technology features, and more cargo space than many of its competitors. This affordable five-passenger utility vehicle is even available in a hybrid variant. The Rogue provides ample cargo space with a foldable arrangement of EZ-Flex 40/20/40 adjustable seats. Non-hybrid models come with Nissan’s Divide-N-Hide cargo system, which allows the rear floor to be lowered or raised, cover hidden compartments, or to be used as a shelf. There is 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats; folding down the second row increases that volume to 70 cubic feet.
The three trim levels are S, SV, and SL, with each offered in either two-wheel or all-wheel drive. The standard setup is the 170 horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and the hybrid version comes with a 2-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. Both engines are mated to the automatic continuously variable transmission, which features three modes: Normal, Sport, and Eco. The FWD Rogue with the 2.5-liter engine gets an EPA-rated fuel economy of 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, while the AWD version gets 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. The hybrid models boost that fuel economy up to 33 mpg city and 35 mpg highway.
The 2019 Rogue offers an impressive list of competitive safety features that were previously only offered on more expensive models. Safety Shield 360, a suite of sensor-based active safety technologies, comes standard on the SV and SL trims and includes lane departure warning with lane change intervention, forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, high beam assist, rear automatic braking, and rear cross-traffic alert. Nissan’s rear door alert system is new to this year’s model to alert the driver to check for a child or pet that may have been forgotten in the back seat. ProPilot Assist, Nissan’s adaptive cruise control/steering assist technology bundle, is now standard on the SL and available as an upgrade on the SV.
The standard infotainment equipment features a 7-inch touchscreen with NissanConnect, which utilizes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to connect smartphone devices seamlessly. Nissan maximizes smartphone capability when the vehicle is equipped with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi system and turns the car into an Internet hotspot. Additional app services included with Nissan Wi-Fi allow the driver to find their vehicle, track speed, set curfew alerts, and utilize valet mode to monitor when the vehicle has left a specific set radius. A Premium package can be added to the SV to equip it with a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, HD radio, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree camera. A six-speaker audio system comes standard, or buyers can opt for a nine-speaker Bose Premium audio system on the SV (it’s standard on the SL).