The new Rogue Sport is EPA-rated at 25/32/28 mpg city/highway/combined with FWD and 24/30/27 mpg with all-wheel drive. This compares favorably to competitors like the Kia Sportage FWD (22/29/25 mpg in standard form, 21/26/23 mpg for the FWD turbo Sportage). The smaller Mazda CX-3 and larger Subaru Crosstrek do better on fuel economy (the Crosstrek even with standard AWD), but the Jeep Renegade does not. Interestingly, if you decide to opt for the smaller Rogue Sport over the Rogue in hopes of better fuel economy, you’ll be disappointed — the bigger Rogue is rated at 26/33/29 mpg for FWD, 25/32/27 mpg for AWD.
Nissan’s compact Rogue is lighting up sales charts — as are many SUVs these days. The automaker is aiming to further entice shoppers with the subcompact Rogue Sport, a smaller SUV that slots below the Rogue in both size and price. It’s the U.S. version of an SUV Nissan sells abroad called the Qashqai, and it’s hitting dealerships here this spring.
The only two noticeable differences were in its fog lights and the size of the grille. The Rogue uses a cool-looking slithering fog light design, while the Qashqai gets a banal circular treatment. The opposite could be found in its grille, as the Qashqai takes on a thin, sleek, and clean design, while the Rogue gets more bulk and expands closer to its front bumper.