2022 Nissan Rogue

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Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor
November 17, 2021

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The 2022 Nissan Rogue goes on sale this winter.

The 2022 Nissan Rogue promises a more efficient and more potent engine, but it still trails hybrid competitors.

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

The 2022 Nissan Rogue compact crossover SUV seats up to five passengers and competes with bestsellers such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape.

Is the 2022 Nissan Rogue a good car?

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We won’t assign a rating until we drive the new engine, but the 2021 Rogue earned a solid TCC Rating of 6.4 out of 10. The boost in fuel economy should boost its rating. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What's new for the 2022 Nissan Rogue?

Just one year after redesigning the Rogue, Nissan swapped out engines in its bestseller to better compete with hybrid offerings in the cutthroat compact crossover class. The smaller turbo-3 comes with more power and more efficiency, as well as a $1,050 price increase.

The understated styling of the redesigned 2021 model remains the same with an aloof kind of confidence. Split headlights broaden the face, and the U-shaped grille extends lines over the ridged hood and down the body to give the crossover a trucklike façade.   

A new variable-compression 1.5-liter turbo-3 replaces the 2.5-liter inline-4 used in the 2021 Rogue. This smaller iteration of the VC turbo-4 first used in the 2019 Infiniti QX50 makes 201 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque in the 2022 Rogue, compared to the 2.5-liter inline-4’s 181 hp and 181 lb-ft, representing improvements of 11 and 24%, respectively. The second iteration of Nissan’s innovative engine boosts output while also increasing efficiency from 30 mpg combined to an estimated 33 mpg combined. The CVT has also been upgraded for less friction, and it sends power to the front wheels or all-wheel drive available across the lineup. 

Last year, Nissan introduced a new chassis that helped reduce engine and road noise in the Rogue. A rear independent suspension and more rigid mounts calm the Rogue at cruising speeds. 

Even though the Rogue looks bigger, its actual footprint outside shrunk, yet the cargo volume expanded to 74.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. A two-tiered console and tiered storage floor, as well as deep door pockets, optimize the space in the crossover. Four adults fit in the Rogue, but a fifth seat can squeeze in a kid in a pinch. The Rogue seats five, but only four adults. Rear leg room of 37 inches is average for the class, but head room is ample.  

The Rogue earned a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS, but only a four-star crash-test rating from the NHTSA. Standard safety gear helps it avoid or mitigate crashes with features such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, automatic high beams, and blind-spot monitors. 

How much does the 2022 Nissan Rogue cost?

Sold in S, SV, SL, and top Platinum trims, the 2022 Rogue with front-wheel drive starts at $27,795 (including $1,095 destination), which is $1,050 more expensive than last year’s redesigned Rogue. All-wheel drive is available for $1,500 on all four trims. 

Standard features include 17-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. 

We recommend the $29,485 Rogue SV with power front seats, wi-fi, adaptive cruise control, satellite radio trial, keyless entry and remote start. The Rogue SL adds leather memory front seats and a panoramic sunroof, but the top Platinum trim tops out with wireless Apple CarPlay, a Bose sound system, a 9.0-inch touchscreen, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster for $37,575.

Where is the 2022 Nissan Rogue made?

It’s made in Smyrna, Tennessee. 

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