The new 2018.5 Rogue compact SUV is in the same family as the popular Nissan Rogue, one of the car company’s biggest sellers. But the 2018.5 Rogue is standing on it own with drivers.  The Rogue Sport has a 2.3-inch shorter wheelbase and a 12.1-inch shorter overall length than Rogue, which helps drivers get through big city traffic more smoothly and safely.

This Rogue may have “sport” as part of its name but that doesn’t mean its scrimping on space. The 5-passenger Rogue Sport’s dynamic exterior offers sleek front-end design with Nissan signature design cues. The back seats fold down flat to accommodate larger gear, and cargo-floor panels adjust easily to provide multiple configurations, like a place to hide valuables.

Behind the 2nd row seat is up to 22.9 cu. ft. of cargo space (up to 61.1 cu. ft. with the 2nd row seat folded down), accessible through the wide rear door. Rogue Sport also offers the innovative Divide-N-Hide® Cargo System (SV and SL grades). Included as standard on all grades are a cargo area cover and six luggage hooks (four floor, two side).

Every 2018.5 Rogue Sport comes equipped with a standard 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder rated at 141 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 147 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm. The engine features Direct Injection Gasoline (DIGTM) system.

Rogue Sport, like its big brother Rogue, also offers an extensive list of advanced Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield technologies. The list includes standard Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), radar-based Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and available Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Intelligent Lane Intervention (I-LI), and Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection.

THE NUMBERS:  MSRP – About $23,460 – MPG:  25 (City)/32 (Hwy)