Fresh off a full redesign for 2021, the Nissan Rogue returns for the 2022 model year with smaller changes. The Rogue is Nissan's best-selling vehicle and competes with mainstream compact SUVs including the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Subaru Forester.
The Rogue remains one of the roomiest compact crossovers on the market. Occupants will find plenty of space to stretch out in both rows and many clever storage spots. Despite shrinking in length by 1.5 inches compared to the last-gen model, the Rogue offers a cavernous cargo bay. In addition to the spacious quarters, we were quite impressed with the high-quality materials used on a top-tier Rogue Platinum we tested.
Still, the Rogue can't compete with rivals like the Honda CR-V when it comes to driving pleasure. The four-cylinder engine is loud (in the 2021s we've driven) and produces barely enough power for this vehicle. On the plus side, the Rogue already exhibits good body control on a winding road and brakes with short stopping distances from 60 to 0 mph.
All 2022 Rogues are equipped with a new 1.5-liter turbocharged inline three-cylinder engine with Nissan's variable compression ratio technology and new CVT. Output from the new engine is rated at 201 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 20 hp and 44 lb-ft over the outgoing 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine. Nissan also estimates fuel economy will increase to 33 mpg combined, a bump of 3 mpg over the 2021 Rogue.
Nissan introduced its first variable compression engine—a 2.0-liter turbo-four—in the 2019 Infiniti QX50 and then later in the 2019 Altima. So-called "VC-Turbo" engines employ a multi-link setup that works with the rotating assembly to constantly adjust compression ratio to optimize power and efficiency.
A completely different model, the Rogue Sport slots underneath the Rogue in terms of size and price. This smaller SUV competes with the Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek, Mazda CX-30, and Chevrolet Trailblazer.
The NHTSA gave the 2022 Rogue a four-star overall safety rating in its crash tests. This rating includes four stars in the front crash and rollover tests, and five stars in the side crash test. Overall, that's below the class standard, but the results were better in IIHS evaluations. The 2021 Rogue was named a 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick+, earning Good scores in all crash categories.
The Rogue boasts a generous list of standard safety features. Automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, high-beam assist, and rear cross-traffic alert are all included. Other standard features include driver attention warning and intelligent trace control, which helps the vehicle maintain control around corners. ProPilot Assist is available, as well. This semi-autonomous driving technology assists in acceleration, braking, and steering during highway driving.
The Rogue is competitive with leaders including the Honda CR-V when it comes to maximum cargo space. If you keep the seats upright, cargo capacity is still solid, but slightly behind the Honda. Legroom in the Rogue is spacious in both rows (all models seat five).
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An 8.0-inch touchscreen is standard on the Rogue, and a 9.0-inch touchscreen is available as an upgrade. Other available features include a fully digital instrument cluster, head-up display, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
We're most tempted by the SV trim, which receives a host of safety features in addition to the ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving aid, which makes driving in traffic easier. The included 360-degree camera system comes in handy when parking, too. Heated front seats, remote start, and a power liftgate sweeten the deal.