Rogue vs Rogue Sport

 

Overview

If you’re searching for a crossover, you can’t go wrong with the Nissan Rogue series. There are two main Rogue models to choose from: the regular Nissan Rogue, which is more spacious and family-oriented, or the Nissan Rogue Sport, which is more compact and city-friendly. With either vehicle, you get great quality and reliability – but which one is better for you? Well, that all depends on your personal preferences. We’ll take a closer look below to help you with your decision.

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Price

The slightly smaller Rogue Sport is, as expected, a bit less expensive than the Rogue. The base-level Rogue Sport has a starting MSRP of $21,640, while the Rogue’s starting MSRP is $24,680. For that higher sticker price, you get more engine power and space. On the other hand, the Rogue Sport may be a better vehicle for those who give the nod to more maneuverability over power and space. Both of these vehicles also receive the same great package of Nissan warranties, so you can feel confident in whichever vehicle you decide on.


Mechanical Features and Fuel Economy

The Rogue and Rogue Sport come with different engines. The Rogue Sport gets a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine (141 horsepower and 147 lb.-ft. of torque), while the Rogue is equipped with a more powerful 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine that puts out 170 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. Both vehicles have a 14.5-gallon tank, but the Rogue generally gets better gas mileage – although the difference is slight and depends on which trims are being compared. The Rogue Sport can get up to an EPA-rated 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, while the Rogue gets up to an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. But with those aforementioned trim-level variations, the fuel economy is more or less the same.


Passenger and Cargo Space

If you are looking for a roomier vehicle, with plenty of passenger and cargo space, then give the Rogue more attention. It has 43 inches of front legroom and 37.9 inches of back legroom, making it ideal for taller passengers with longer legs. The Rogue Sport is still somewhat spacious, but it does not come close to the roomy interior of its sibling. Both vehicles also have five maximum seats, but the Rogue translates its larger interior volume into a slightly more comfortable experience. When it comes to cargo volume, there’s no competition. The Rogue has 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space: nearly double the Rogue Sport’s. So, if you need a family-sized vehicle or plan to make road trips that require a lot of storage area, then the Rogue is probably better for you. Alternatively, the smaller Rogue Sport is better suited to urban environments or trips that don’t require a lot of gear.