2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid SUV

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2018 MODEL
$27,020 - $33,730 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid carries on the vigour it set when introduced last year with a handsome fascia alongside well-proportioned and streamlined design. This year, while just re-touched with the list of standard features and available options, the SUV crossover is basically the same performer as we’d seen last year, barring the slight increase in its MSRP. With efficient powertrain and a no-frills machine, there are plenty other areas we believe Nissan could’ve worked upon; however, how about a little benefit of the doubt for now?

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Pros

Respectable efficient powertrain

Comfortable and quiet ride

Roomy and lush cabin

Cons

Slow and sluggish acceleration

Mediocre powertain performance

Poor outward visibility

What's New?

For the 2018 variant, the Nissan Rogue Hybrid comes with new standard and optional features.



Styles

 2018 Nissan Rogue hybrid SUV in Pearl White color  2018 Nissan Rogue hybrid SUV in Magnetic Black Pearl color  2018 Nissan Rogue hybrid SUV in Gun Metallic color
Pearl White

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Nissan Rogue hybrid SUV SV

SV

power
N/A
fuel
N/A
mpg
N/A

$27,020 - $28,370


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $27,020 MSRP N/A N/A
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N/A N/A N/A NA
SV Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $28,370 MSRP N/A N/A
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N/A N/A N/A NA

 2018 Nissan Rogue hybrid SUV SL

SL

power
N/A
fuel
N/A
mpg
N/A

$32,380 - $33,730


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $32,380 MSRP N/A N/A
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N/A N/A N/A NA
SL Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $33,730 MSRP N/A N/A
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N/A N/A N/A NA

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial Last updated 15 days ago

In the face of rivalry, of whom the names include of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the Kia Niro Hybrid, the Japanese manufacturer behind Nissan is quite a contender. Keeping aside its flaws, will it still triumph the rest? Read on the review for the Nissan Rogue Hybrid and find out.

2018 Nissan Rogue hybrid SUV Features

Rendering two trims available, SV and SL, the Nissan offers its Rogue Hybrid at a starting price of $27,020. It comes standard with 2.0L engine inline-4 cylinders paired to a CVT automatic transmission and a 30-kW electric motor. The hybrid in conjunction with the gasoline machine produces 176 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque and is available in an optional all-wheel drive system.

The SV is provided with plenty of decent amount of features and safety tech, in hand with lush interior materials furnished around the cabin. Upgrade to the SL at an extra cost of $5,000 for the FWD if you want to further up the cabin quality and more equipments.

Trim

SV

SL

MSRP (FWD)

$27,020

$32,380

MSRP (AWD)

$28,370

$33,730

Key Features

17 Aluminum Alloy Wheels

9-speakers Bose Audio System

 

8-way power driver's seat, including 2-way lumbar support

7 color touch-screen NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps

 

Power outside mirrors

60/40 2nd-row split folding seat

 

Automatic Emergency Braking

Upgraded leather upholstery

 

60/40 rear-seat split folding

18-inch Aluminum Alloy wheels

We recommend

For an absolute pleasurable driving experience, we recommend purchasing the all-wheel drive variant for a further $1,300 with the SV trim and the Premium Package.

2018 Nissan Rogue hybrid SUV Engine

The Nissan Rogue's continuously variable transmission paired with a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes it feel weak compared to other SUVs in the class. Its handling, though well-mannered, is softer than we prefer. -edmunds

Driving the front wheels of the SUV is a 2.0L inline-4 cylinders that is mated to a CVT automatic transmission. Paired to a 30-kW electric motor, the Rogue Hybrid produces a total of 176 horses and 262 pulling forces. The SUV can cruise efficiently around town or cruise on the highway, as it is intended, but don't expect any thrilling or any excitement-inducing drive.

Similar to its previous iteration, the engine is rather slow to respond and occasionally inconsistent with the transmission behaving likewise. Facing a sudden change between gasoline and the hybrid system, the SUV still comes unchanged from the list of its few flaws in the powertrain.

Amidst the rivals, the Kia Niro propels the least amount of power and the Toyota RAV4 alongside the Lexus NX 300H share the same spot in terms of their output. The Rogue Hybrid bests the field in terms of its available torque.

Models

Nissan Rogue SV 4dr

KIA Niro LX

Lexus NX 300H 4dr

Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr

MSRP

$27,020

$27,900

$38,335

$27,385

Engine

2.0L i4

1.6L i4

2.5L i4

2.5L i4

Transmission

CVT

6 Speed manual

CVT

CVT

Horsepower

176hp@6000rpm

139hp@5700rpm

194hp@5700rpm

194hp@5700rpm

Torque

262 ft-lbs@3600rpm

195 ft-lbs@4000rpm

152 ft-lbs@4400rpm

152 ft-lbs@4400rpm

Acceleration

While there exists few hybrids that can be quick, there are others who somehow produce enough torque only to obscure that same fact in the field. With the Rogue Hybrid, the SUV takes a sluggish 9.7s spurting from 0-60 mph while completing the quarter mile in 17.6s. However all its rivals race the naught to 60 mph race within 9s while the quarter mile is done within 16s. Nonetheless the quickest is the Toyota RAV4, while the Rogue seems the slowest of the lot.

Models

Nissan Rogue SV 4dr

KIA Niro LX

Lexus NX 300H 4dr

Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr

0-60 MPH

9.7 sec

8.7 sec

8.8 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter mile

17.6 sec

N/A

16.8 sec

16.4 sec

Engine

2.0L i4

1.6L i4

2.5L i4

2.5L i4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.1

3.6

5.7

5.5

Handling and Braking

A serene and calm ride quality with a mediocre handling capability, the Rogue Hybrid's steering feel lacks responsiveness and taking turns produce an uncoordinated result. Notwithstanding the undulation of the pavement, the Nissan's suspension easily absorbs bumps and potholes, gliding effortlessly over them.

The crossover feels nicely planted on most roads you take it, and if paired with an AWD variant, the SUV can be taken for a decent off-roading.

In terms of its braking performance, the SUV is equipped with its fitted rotors are clasped tight enough to bring the compact crossover in a panic brake test from 60-0 in a less-than-impressive result of 137 feet. A habitual problem exists with hybrid cars, where when you dab the brake pedals, they feel oversensitive to touch. In comparison to other SUVs, the Toyota RAV4 stands the tallest, beaming more than the rest of the field.

Model

Nissan Rogue SV 4dr

KIA Niro LX

Lexus NX 300H 4dr

Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

11

11.7

11.6

Brake Rear (in.)

11.5

11.2

11.2

11.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3663

3391

4180

3925

60-0 MPH (ft.)

137

134

127

119

2018 Nissan Rogue hybrid SUV Fuel Economy

Underneath the hood, the powertrain forsakes performance for efficiency and does it rather well. The efficiency of the Rogue Hybrid produces 33 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway, and a combined output of 34 mpg. Taking the Kia Niro in consideration, thanks to its smaller engine size, the competition is no where as frugal as this crossover.

Model

Nissan Rogue SV 4dr

KIA Niro LX

Lexus NX 300H 4dr

Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr

MPG (city)

33

51

33

34

MPG (highway)

35

46

30

30

MPG (combined)

34

49

31

32

2018 Nissan Rogue hybrid SUV Interior

The Rogue's interior uses quality materials that are well-assembled. Plastics are soft to the touch, and leather surfaces feel genuine. We do have a few ergonomic gripes, though, and outward visibility is below average -edmunds

Stepping inside the Nissan Rogue Hybrid, at first side you'd notice the roominess of the crossover. There is accommodation available for 5 passengers with incredibly plush seating capability and headroom and legspace. Visibility takes a hit due to the thick pillar placement. Around the cabin, the materials are furnished with decent quality and leather wrapped on the gear knob, seating arrangement and the steering wheel.

The Rogue's interior trim over the dash also appears plush having used leather and adorned with soft-plastic aesthetic. With comfort driving, you would also be content with the commendable noise-cancellation, saving the constant but undisturbing engine sound.

Interior Features

The Nissan Rogue Hybrid includes some of the following interior features -

  • 60/40 Split-folding 2nd-row seat
  • Heated front seats - driver and passenger
  • 6-way power adjustable driver's seats
  • Leather-wrapped upholstery and steering wheel

Model

Nissan Rogue SV 4dr

KIA Niro LX

Lexus NX 300H 4dr

Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.6/56.6/43.0

40.1/56.0/41.7

38.2/57.3/42.8

38.9/57.3/42.6

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.7/55.9/37.9

39.1/55.2/37.4

38.1/55.3/36.1

38.9/55.4/37.2

Infotainment System

Floating aboard the dash is a 5 infotainment system that allows NissanConnect with apps like Pandora, etc. The system is a simpleton at heart with basic and user-friendly interface but lacks high-end style and features of other top infotainment systems. Some of the features available as standard are -

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • 6-speakers
  • USB/aux. Input
  • NissanConnect with mobile apps

Cargo volume

The Nissan Rogue allows a decent and commodious 61.4 cubic feet of storage, and comes smartly designed to take squeeze out every inch off the Japanese manufacturer's SUV. In comparison to its rivals, the Toyota RAV4 steps up the game further, lodging more storage than the Nissan, holding 70.6 cubic feet of cargo volume.

The least amount of cargo space is found on the Lexus NX 300H, while the Kia Niro stands similar but a tad better capacity than the NX 300H.

Model

Nissan Rogue SV 4dr

KIA Niro LX

Lexus NX 300H 4dr

Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

61.4

54.5

53.7

70.6

2018 Nissan Rogue hybrid SUV Exterior

The 2018 Nissan Rogue is handsome, but unadventurous. -thecarconnection

The handsome and aggressive styling of the Nissan Rogue Hybrid stares right back with the familiar and V-shaped grilles split in 2-tiers at the front fascia. Its insignia rests on the mesh-grille, embedded between these v-shape design over which the long hood embodies a few sculpted contours. As a result of large doors, it is thankfully easy to enter and exit the SUV, also worth noting is the fact it is built with a tall roofline.

The balanced proportions of the SUV is propelled by 17-inch alloy wheels and comes with a body weight of around 3660 lbs. Measuring 184 long, the SUV is 7.4 clear from the ground, paving the way for off-roading. The compact crossover houses the aforementioned tall and long roof that juts out a spoiler off the lining, and while the back drops, you'd find LED taillights and chrome-accents over the cargo handle and the bottom foothold.

Exterior Features

Some exterior features included in the Rogue Hybrid are -

  • 17 alloy wheels
  • Power heated outside mirrors
  • LED turn signal indicators
  • Chrome-accented door handles
  • Rear privacy glass

Model

Nissan Rogue SV 4dr

KIA Niro LX

Lexus NX 300H 4dr

Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr

Curb weight (lbs.)

3663

3391

4180

3925

Length(in)

184.5

171.5

182.6

183.5

Width(in)

72.4

71.1

73.6

72.6

Height(in)

67.8

60.8

64.8

67.1

Ground clearance (in)

7.4

6.3

6.7

7.0

Wheelbase (in)

106.5

106.3

104.7

104.7

Track width (in) F/R

62.8/62.8

61.6/62.2

62.2/62.2

61.8/61.8

2018 Nissan Rogue hybrid SUV Safety

For its safety crash tests and government rating, the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is yet to be tested by the NHTSA and the IIHS. However, kitted aboard the Rogue are plenty of active and passive safety tech. Some of the included features are -

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Knee bolsters
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control
  • Traction Control System
  • LATCH System
  • Tire Pressuring Monitoring System with Easy-Fill Tire Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

2018 Nissan Rogue hybrid SUV Competition

Nissan Rogue Hybrid vs Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The feature-packed Toyota RAV4 not only offers plenty of gear but also a roomier and larger cargo space, increased amount of safety kit, and an overall driving experience thanks to the standard all-wheel drive system. While it drops low in its fuel efficiency, the RAV4 excels compared to the Nissan Rogue Hybrid and makes for a better SUV especially considering the fact they are offered for almost the same price.

Nissan Rogue Hybrid vs Kia Niro Hybrid

The Kia Niro Hybrid produces much higher and admirable fuel economy as compared to the Nissan Rogue Hybrid but struggles in terms of overall driving experience. Its engine performance is better than the Rogue and both the SUVs come with lush materials in their cabin.

In terms of cargo space, the Niro falls short of the Nissan's offered cargo volume, including the seating capacity, where the Rogue seats 5 with decent comfort. At similar pricing, both the SUVs face some flaws and we believe a test drive should be made for both these crossovers.

2018 Nissan Rogue hybrid SUV Final Verdict

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is a complacent crossover trying to balance everything in one juggle. Forgoing performance, it betters the impression on its fuel economy and along with its list of niceties, the SUV offers a plush and composed seating arrangement with a roomy interior and a respectable cargo volume. On the other hand, its competitors fare better in many areas and considering the comparable prices of the lot, the Rogue Hybrid can be skipped for now.