If crossovers are king, then the Rogue is the king of Nissan. It was the brand’s bestselling model for 2017 and is so popular they introduced the all-new Rogue Sport to expand its appeal even further. Nissan wasn’t content to simply let this crossover rest on its laurels for 2018. Instead, they chose to introduce key enhancements to help the Rogue maintain its sales dominance.
At the top of the list is ProPilot Assist, which takes the Rogue one step closer to our autonomous future. It is available on the Rogue and on the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle.
To activate ProPilot Assist, you press a blue button on the steering wheel, then set the Intelligent Cruise Control for your desired speed. The system then takes over to manage speed, steering, and brakes. You cannot, however, take a nap while the car drives. This is driver assist technology and still requires your hands on the wheel to work.
If you take your hands away from the wheel, then you’ll get a visual warning followed by an audible warning that gets progressively harder to ignore. If you keep ignoring the system’s warnings, then it pulses the brakes and eventually flips on the hazard lights and stops the car completely.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
The Rogue’s NissanConnect infotainment system now features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard on every trim level. These two connectivity features are fast becoming the norm in vehicles because they let you use what you already know rather than having to learn an automaker specific system.
Nissan also added an additional USB port inside the front center console storage compartment. Crossovers are popular family vehicles, which means there are usually lots of devices on board in need of charging. The more USB ports the better.
No More Third Row
The optional third row is no longer an option. That makes the Rogue strictly a five-person crossover. Those who are looking for the extra seating will see this as a drawback, but realistically that third row wasn’t great. It was cramped and best suited only to the kids, so it’s easy to understand why Nissan gave it the axe. Still, it was nice to have in a pinch so those who want a third row have to cross the Rogue off their list.
Those are the big changes for this year’s Rogue, but there are plenty of additional tweaks to refine the model lineup. There are two new exterior colors, a standard motion-activated liftgate on the SV trim in addition to the SL trim, and a shift in option package contents, but nothing major.
Overall, the 2018 Nissan Rogue offers more than last year’s model. Despite the lack of a third row, improved infotainment and new advanced driver assist technology make the 2018 Nissan Rogue and even more appealing crossover.