It’s confusing figuring out the differences between similar cars and even more so when they come with names that are almost the same. Take the 2018 Nissan Rogue and 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport. At first glance you might think the Sport is simply a different trim level, but the differences go deeper.
These are two entirely different vehicles despite their names. Let’s take a closer look to see what makes them different and which one better fits your needs.
The Nissan Rogue is a crossover and comes in with a starting price of $24,680. The Rogue Sport is a compact crossover and comes in with a lower starting price of $22,110. That’s a few thousand dollars you save simply by going with the Sport.
The price tag is smaller in the Rogue Sport and so is the engine with power coming from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. This is paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Step up to the Rogue and there’s a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque paired again to a continuously variable automatic transmission.
The Rogue is the more powerful of the two, but it’s also larger so that engine has more mass to move. Even so, if you’re looking for a stronger, more responsive ride, then you’ll find the Rogue a more appealing choice.
One of the big reasons people buy a crossover is their flexibility to hold people or cargo depending on the moment. As you might expect, the Rogue holds more with 70.0 cubic feet behind the front seats. The Rogue Sport sees that number drop to 61.1 cubic feet.
Consider how often you need to have your car packed to the gills with cargo. The Rogue Sport has plenty of room to handle everyday cargo needs and will still be ready for weekend projects. If you’re planning on using every last inch of space for family adventures, however, the Rogue is a better option.
If you live in the country, then it’s not such a challenge to find a place to park. If you’re a city-dweller, then parking is at a premium with narrow spaces and equally narrow roads to navigate. The Rogue Sport’s smaller footprint with an overall length of 172.4 inches makes it much easier to manage. The Rogue comes in at 184.5 inches long, which is the difference between finding a spot on the first trip around the block or having to do laps to find a space.
Those are your key differences between the Nissan Rogue and Nissan Rogue Sport. Which is better? Neither. These are two equally appealing vehicles that target two different customers.
The Rogue is larger with a bigger engine and more room for cargo, but it costs more to park in your driveway. The Rogue Sport comes with a smaller engine and less room for cargo, but it also comes with a more affordable price tag and a size that’s easier to manage for city dwellers. Take a look at your personal needs and then make the choice that best fits your lifestyle.