2022 Nissan Rogue Sport

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Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor
February 1, 2022

Buying tip

The 2022 Rogue Sport works best in base S form. Shop the competition before spending more.

features & specs

AWD S
AWD SL
AWD SV
MPG
24 city / 30 hwy
MPG
24 city / 30 hwy
MPG
24 city / 30 hwy
MSRP
$26,260
MSRP
$30,890
MSRP
$27,830

The 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport banks on features and cargo space to woo buyers; the powertrain won’t.

What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport? What does it compare to?

The 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport is a small crossover SUV which rivals the Subaru Crosstrek and Mazda CX-30, among others. 

Is the 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport a good car/SUV?

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It’s an average vehicle with an average TCC Rating of 5.8 out of 10. Competitors offer more power, flair, or features—and usually all three together. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What's new for the 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport?

The Rogue Sport carries into 2022 unchanged aside from a small price hike over last year. 

This SUV accompanies the bigger Rogue but shares only its name. Swoopy styling inside and out makes little impression unless swathed in a bright paint color. That’s a harbinger of things to come once you hop in for a drive.

The Rogue Sport pairs a low-power 4-cylinder with a CVT for acceleration best described as modest. Ride quality is comfortable enough, at least, and this small crossover SUV is nimble around town. Despite that low power output, the Rogue Sport’s fuel economy is just so-so. 

Its interior has comfy front seats and a decent cargo area, though rear-seat riders will want both bigger door openings and more leg room. 

Standard equipment is good for the money, including a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus Bluetooth, power features, and automatic emergency braking. Nissan’s trick adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera system are options, but by then you’re looking at a $30,000 Rogue Sport. 

How much does the 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport cost?

The base Rogue Sport costs $24,500, plus another $1,500 for all-wheel drive. Unless you’re tempted by a bright paint color, we suggest starting and ending your shopping trip right there. 

Where is the 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport made?

In Japan.

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2022 Nissan Rogue Sport

Styling

The 2022 Nissan Rogue does little to stand out.

Is the Nissan Rogue Sport a good-looking car?

Neither here nor there, the 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport might as well be our baseline for average styling. It’s an easy 5 out of 10.

Clean but uninspired, the Rogue Sport is at its best in one of the brighter paint hues Nissan offers. The optional 19-inch wheels on the SL do dress it up a bit, but they ride stiffly and come with a price tag where far more interesting crossovers compete.

Inside, the Rogue Sport is just as uninteresting, though at least buttons and knobs seem to land about where we expect.

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Performance

The 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport delivers a pulse-lowering driving experience.

Is the Nissan Rogue Sport 4WD?

Nissan charges $1,500 for all-wheel drive on all versions of the Rogue Sport. 

How fast is the Nissan Rogue Sport?

How much time do you have? With 141 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter inline-4, the Rogue Sport is not a peppy choice. Its CVT keeps the engine in a rev range where it tends to drone. That limited output leads to leisurely acceleration; figure the better part of 10 seconds to hit 60 mph from a stop. 

The Rogue Sport does have a soft ride with the base 17-inch wheels on S and SV trims, plus decent heft to its steering. While not sporty, as its name implies, it is comfortable enough for day-to-day errand-running. 

On the highway, it runs out of steam, and off-road its 7.4 inches of ground clearance put it too close to terra firma compared to the Subaru Crosstrek.

Overall, we wind up at a subpar 4 out of 10 by peeling back a point from average for pokey acceleration. 

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Comfort & Quality

The 2022 Nissan Rogue has comfortable seats and good cargo space, but some rivals make better use of passenger room.

Nissan gave the 2022 Rogue Sport a 53 cubic-foot cargo area and plus enough front seats with power adjustment on all but the base S trim level. Those assets are good for a 6 out of 10 on our comfort scale.

Rear-seat riders will find just 33 inches of leg room and tight door openings, making the second row best suited to children.

No Rogue feels especially dressy inside, though fit and finish has been good in our test vehicles.

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Safety

The 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport has performed well in crash tests.

How safe is the Nissan Rogue Sport?

It’s likely a good choice, although we are still waiting on a full round of test results from the IIHS. We give it points for its federal scores, and good standard and optional safety gear. 

The 2022 Rogue Sport rates an 8 out of 10 for now based on a five-star overall evaluation from the NHTSA and standard automatic emergency braking. Additionally, a particularly impressive adaptive cruise control system is optional on the SV and standard on the SL trim levels, where it is bundled with a surround-view camera system and a driver attention monitor.

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Features

The 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport can be a decent value in base trim, but it gets too expensive with options.

Which Nissan Rogue Sport should I buy?

The 2022 Rogue Sport lineup consists of S, SV, and SL trim levels.

We’d probably stick with the base car with its 7.0-inch touchscreen that houses Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as Bluetooth plus its standard crash-avoidance features. It costs about $25,500 to start, or a reasonable $1,500 more with all-wheel drive. 

That feature set and its overall value net it a 7 out of 10 on the TCC scale. 

The SV trim adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and an automatic climate control system, while adaptive cruise control, synthetic leather seats, and a surround-view camera system are optional for about $2,000. 

How much is a fully loaded Nissan Rogue Sport?

If you’re going to add those features, you might as well step up to the Rogue SL that, with the optional sunroof and Bose audio system, costs nearly $34,000. That money buys a nicely equipped Rogue—the next-bigger SUV in the Nissan family.

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Fuel Economy

The 2022 Nissan Rogue offers up acceptable but not exceptional fuel economy.

Is the Nissan Rogue Sport good on gas?

Compared to an older gas-guzzling SUV, the Rogue Sport will save you money at the pump. But some rivals offer more power and better fuel economy.

We rate the 2022 Rogue Sport at 5 out of 10.

Base versions sip at a rate of 25 mpg city, 32 highway, 28 combined. With all-wheel drive, those figures slide to 24/30/27 mpg.

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