The two-row Nissan Rogue compact crossover is Nissan's top-selling family vehicle. At times it has topped the sales charts in the US for a non-truck model. Buyers have flocked to compact crossovers of every brand, but the Rogue is now the focus of much of Nissan's energy and most of its marketing budget, which is now tied to a Star Wars Rogue One theme.
For 2018 Nissan keeps the Rogue line simple with just four trims, including S, SV, Midnight Edition and SL, the trim we tested. Prices for a base front-wheel drive Rogue start at around $26,000 and a fully-equipped all-wheel drive SL trim will top $35,000. Shoppers will find that these prices are in line with popular crossovers from other brands.
The Rogue has much to offer a family crossover shopper, including solid safety credentials and good fuel economy. Having undergone a refresh in 2017, the 2018 Rogue sees two major changes buyers should know about. First, the optional compact third-row seat has been eliminated. All trims now come with two rows only, leaving the Volkswagen Tiguan and Mitsubishi Outlander as the only two vehicles in the segment with a third-row option.
Second, Nissan has upped its driver assist technology to be in line with Honda's. Nissan's ProPILOT is advanced adaptive cruise control coupled with lane keep assist. Despite the clever name, the system requires hands-on driving at all times.