2022 Nissan Rogue Review | The new engine makes a huge difference
Better late than never, as they say. The 2022 Nissan Rogue sees an all-new engine introduced, just a year after everything else in Nissan’s compact SUV was totally redesigned. This will be disappointing news for anyone who had a Rogue last year, but great news for anyone considering this 2022. And you should definitely consider the 2022. It’s much better to drive than its rather dreary predecessor, and the new 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder makes it even better. Yes, three cylinders. Don’t worry, it’s not the only engine of its kind, and the odd number (literally and figuratively) actually gives it a charming little character.
The rest of the Rogue stands out for its compelling design inside and out. The interior in particular is one of the best efforts in the segment, especially (and perhaps obviously) in the upper trim levels, where stitched and padded leatherette covers the dash, doors and center console. You also get well-executed, if unremarkable, infotainment tech, decent storage, and interior space that’s just a little short of the big boys in the class (Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V). In many ways, we think the Rogue is overshadowed by these (largely because it doesn’t offer a hybrid powertrain), but it’s fully competitive and worth a look.
Interior & Technology | Passenger and cargo area | Performance and fuel economy
What’s it like to drive | Prices and trim levels | Crash Ratings and Safety Features
What’s new for 2022?
The Rogue gains a very welcome improvement under the hood for 2022. The 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-three joins an updated CVT with lower and higher ratios to produce a much better-to-drive Rogue.
What does the Rogue’s interior and on-board tech look like?
The best part of the Rogue is its interior, which is top of its class in terms of design and quality. A number of two-tone interior color combinations are offered, but even an all-black SV tester featured a weave-like pattern on the leatherette upholstery that brightened things up nicely. Even the open-pore “wood” on the platinum is convincing to the eye, even if it’s still fake. This top trim (shown below) also features contrast stitching on the doors, dash and seats. The latter are upholstered in semi-aniline leather and feature Nissan’s incredibly comfortable “Zero Gravity” seat design front and rear.
The dashboard and center console consist of a pleasing combination of digital displays and physical controls. An 8-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard, but the Platinum top trim gets an enlarged 9-inch screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard with both screens, but the 9-inch screen comes with wireless Apple CarPlay. Lower grades get an analog dash with a 7-inch screen in the center (no complaints either), but the Platinum trim comes with a 12.3-inch all-digital panel that’s easy to read and moves quickly in the various screens and menus via the buttons on the steering wheel. A large head-up display is also associated with the fully digital instrument panel. Other available features that we like include a panoramic sunroof, tri-zone climate control and wireless phone charging.
How tall is the thief?
The Rogue compares well to other compact crossovers. It has one of the most passenger-friendly rear seats in the segment, which compares to the RAV4, CR-V, Tucson and Sportage. We found there was plenty of room for a rear-facing infant car seat and there was a mid-position LATCH anchor (unlike the last Rogue), but the anchor points didn’t weren’t big enough to fit our Gracco car seat clips. As always, we recommend bringing your own car seat on a test drive.
Maximum cargo capacity (second row dropped) reaches 74.1 cubic feet, a number that barely tops the class. Space behind the raised second row is 31.6 cubic feet, which we found very useful. Yet it also couldn’t fit as much as the Tucson, CR-V and RAV4. However, we tested a Rogue (pictured below left) without the innovative and useful “Divide-N-Hide” load floor (below right). As well as increasing cargo volume to 36.5 cubic feet, it features two movable floors – save them for a flat floor; remove them for added depth or arrange them in a stacked formation to divide the cargo area into separate parts. A new milk gallon holder on the back of the wheels is built into the cargo area floor, so now your gallon of milk, water or whatever won’t wipe out the rest of your shopping on the way back from the store.
What are the Rogue’s fuel economy and performance specs?
For 2022, the Rogue is only available with a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-three that produces 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers give the Rogue one of the most powerful standard engines in the compact SUV segment, as opposed to one of the weakest. Front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions are available, but every Rogue still has a continuously variable transmission standard.
Fuel economy with front-wheel drive is 30 mpg city, 37 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined (it drops to 29/36/32 with SL and Platinum trims). The all-wheel-drive Rogue returns 28/35/31, with the SL and Platinum differing by a 34-mpg highway.
Unfortunately, there is no Rogue hybrid or plug-in hybrid.
How does the Rogue like to drive?
The Rogue has already been massively upgraded after being overhauled last year, and the new engine for 2022 is the ingredient that was sorely missing from the recipe (we described the old engine as “a total bore”). One of the big surprises is that the engine actually sounds smoother than the four-cylinder it’s derived from. The power delivery is also very smooth. The turbo kicks in quickly and gives you easy-to-use low-end torque, especially around town. Like many small turbos, however, it starts to lose speed as the revs increase when accelerating hard on a ramp, for example. As for the CVT, it’s still not particularly impressive, but does the job well. It’s programmed to act like a conventional automatic transmission, and gear changes are silky smooth. However, it does not react quickly, such as when asking for a kick to pass or hitting an on-ramp.
Nissan tuned the Rogue for comfort, and it shows. This crossover rides beautifully over bumps, freeway freeze-ups and potholes. It’s not luxurious, but it’s up to the mark. And even though engine noise is down, wind noise is still annoying at highway speeds. Where the previous Rogue was a notably mediocre driver, this new Rogue is competent and blends into the background without overwhelming or boring us. That said, the steering still has no feel and overall handling is poor. It’s perfectly acceptable, but if you want to be hired as a pilot, many competitors are still a better choice.
What other Nissan Rogue reviews can I read?
2022 Nissan Rogue First Drive
Dig deeper into the new engine for 2022 and how it dramatically improves the Rogue.
2021 Nissan Rogue First Drive
Dig deeper into everything related to the all-new Nissan Rogue (just ignore everything we say about the sad engine).
Nissan Rogue SV Luggage Test
We show how much stuff can fit behind the raised rear seat of the Rogue SV. Note that this is without the Divide N Hide loadout system available.
The Nissan Rogue has fake roof bars
The Rogue has unusual false roof rails that hide the connection points for a Nissan crossbar attachment.
What is the price of the 2022 Rogue?
Pricing for the 2022 Nissan Rogue starts at $28,375, including destination charges of $1,225. All-wheel drive costs $1,500 on all trim levels.
Standard S equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, manual cloth seats, dual front USB ports, 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a full suite of driver assistance technologies (Nissan Safety Shield 360).
The other versions are SV, SL and Platinum. Each stage comes with useful features, but the best value is the SV version with the $2,660 SV Premium package available. That gets you Nissan’s excellent ProPilot Assist tech, 18-inch wheels. electric driver’s seat, 360-degree camera, on-board Wi-Fi, leatherette seats, electric tailgate and panoramic sunroof. The Platinum comes with a ton of luxury features and appearance cues, but it starts at $38,155. Highlights include quilted leather seats, fully digital instrument panel, wireless phone charging, head-up display and premium Bose sound system.
What are Rogue’s safety ratings and driver assistance features?
The 2022 Rogue’s long list of standard safety equipment includes Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking (a rare feature), Lane Departure Warning, blind spot warning and rear cross traffic, driver inattention warning, a rear seat occupant reminder and automatic high beams. Many of these systems are optional or not available at all on rival crossovers. If you step above the base trim, you add ProPilot Assist, which is a full-featured highway driving assistant. It includes adaptive cruise control and a more sophisticated lane centering system than what is offered by its rivals. Traffic sign recognition and ProPilot with Navi-Link (uses the navigation system to make ProPilot usable at intersections and freeway exits) are standard on the highest trim.
The Rogue received four out of five stars for overall crash protection from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It scored four stars for front protection and five stars for side protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it Top Safety Pick+, the highest honor, for sufficiently high ratings in all relevant categories.