Nissan Rogue vs. Rogue Sport: What’s the Difference?

You’ve probably heard of the Nissan Rogue. It’s been a competitor in the compact SUV space for a decade. But did you know that Nissan has released a Rogue Sport model for the North American market? The Rogue Sport is known overseas as the Qashqai, where it has been on sale for several years.

So what’s the different between the Rogue and Rogue Sport, besides an easier-to-spell name than the Qashqai? Read on to find out how the Rogue Sport allows Nissan to enter and be a serious competitor in the increasingly growing subcompact SUV class.

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Size Comparison

The most noticeable and biggest difference between the Nissan Rogue and the Rogue Sport is the size of the vehicles. The Rogue Sport is a smaller, more compact model that has the same aggressive stance as the Rogue in a smaller package. Overall, the Nissan Rogue has more headroom, legroom and shoulder room than the Rogue Sport.

The smaller sized Rogue Sport is appealing for urban drivers who still want utility and some cargo room. While the Rogue has a cargo area of 32 cubic feet with the second row of seats upright and a spacious 70 cubic feet with the second row folded down, the Nissan Rogue Sport has a cargo area of 22.9 cubic feet or 61.1 cubic feet depending on whether the second row is folded down.

The Rogue Sport is nearly a foot shorter than the Rogue. The Rogue also has available 3rd row seating, which the Rogue Sport does not offer. This is similar to the approach Hyundai took with the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.

Engine Choices

As one would expect, a smaller vehicle will call for a smaller, more economical engine. The Rogue Sport has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine to the Rogue’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The Rogue Sport has 141 hp at 6,000 RPM. Meanwhile, the Rogue produces 170 hp at 6,000.

The Rogue is also available with a 2-liter gasoline-electric hybrid engine if you would rather sacrifice power for better gas mileage, whereas the Rogue Sports is offered in just the one engine choice. Both models have smart features such as Intelligent Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and High Beam Assist.

Making the Decision

Both the Rogue and Rogue Sport share similar design themes with a V-Motion grille, a sporty profile, and many excellent safety features, including all-wheel drive as an option. The base 2017 Rogue Sport S has a suggested manufacturer’s retail price of $21,420 plus destination while the Rogue S starts at $23,820.

These models actually share little in common besides the namesake, not even a single body panel. The Rogue Sport slots in between the diminutive Juke and Rogue in Nissan’s SUV line up.

If you are going strictly by power and size, the Nissan Rogue strikes as the superior vehicle and better value. On the other hand, the Rogue Sport is intended for urban driving or those who don’t need the extra cargo space or the larger engine, and want to keep their costs down.

In the end, the choice of Rogue vs. Rogue Sport for the “better” vehicle is about personal preference. If you have a larger family and need the extra space, the Nissan Rogue is the way to go. If you are going to mostly be driving by yourself, the Rogue Sport is a fine vehicle that doesn’t sacrifice all that much.

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