Rogue vs. Rogue Sport: 5 things to know about the two Nissan crossovers

Nissan Rogue (left) vs. the new Rogue Sport (Sinclair Broadcast Group / Jill Ciminillo)

They look similar. Their names sound similar. So, is the all-new Nissan Rogue Sport just a cheap trim of the popular Rogue crossover?

The short answer: No.

The longer answer: Not even close.

While the Rogue Sport offers many of the up-level safety and convenient features that are also available on the Rogue, this is a more-than-$2K price difference, as well as some other significant differences between the two vehicles.

Here are some items of note about the two similar, but not the same, crossovers.

29 horsepower

The Rogue and Rogue Sport have two different engines. The Rogue is equipped with a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine that delivers 170 horsepower, and the Rogue Sport has a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder that delivers 141 horsepower. The Rogue also offers a hybrid model – the Rogue Sport does not.

12 inches

In photos, the Rogue and Rogue sport look similarly sized, but there are actually some huge differences – even though they’re built on the same platform.

Rogue is a full 12.1 inches longer than Rogue Sport. It’s also 5.6 inches taller. This results in better front head room and much better second row legroom.

9 cubic-feet

The elevator pitch for the Rogue Sport is it has the functionality of an SUV without the bulk. So, even though the Rogue Sport is significantly smaller, the cargo volume remains pretty decent. In fact, it only loses 9 cubic feet over the Rogue. Plus, unlike some of the compact SUVs with exaggerated sloping rear rooflines, the Rogue Sport maintains a nice open area for better cargo storage. What it’s missing: The available third-row seat from the Rogue.

1 USB Port

OK. So this one isn’t actually a difference. But it is something I wanted to call attention to. The Rogue targets young families, and the Rogue Sport targets young singles and couples. Both only have one USB Port for charging. In 2017, we think this is a grave oversight in any vehicle – but especially in one that targets Millennials. We brought this up to the Nissan reps, and they said they think one is “sufficient.” We beg to differ.

No power liftgate

The Rogue Sport does not offer a power liftgate – not even as an option. While this won’t be a huge issue for 95 percent of the population, petite drivers beware: The rear hatch opens wide, which means you’ll have a bit of a stretch to reach the handhold. Not a deal breaker at all. Just something to keep on the radar.

The Rogue Sport is available in both front- and all-wheel-drive versions and has three trims: S, SV and SL. The Rogue Sport went on sale in early May and has a base price of $21,400.

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