The 2022 Nissan Rogue is a contender in the ultra competitive crossover segment. Its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder has been replaced by a smaller, yet perkier, 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder. The continuously variable transmission remains, after Nissan spent significant resources refining its performance. Overall, the refreshed Rogue offers good comfort, economy, practicality and space, making it a solid entry into the compact crossover space. 

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Price and Value 

The Rogue hovers near the top of the price scale for compact crossovers, but it is a pretty good value overall. The MSRP range for the all-wheel drive 2022 Nissan Rogue is $28,650-$38,430. It is available in four trim levels; some of the major differences are noted below. 

S: $28,650 

  • Nissan Safety Shield 360
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • NissanConnect with 8-inch color touchscreen display

SV: $30,340 

  • ProPilot Assist
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Remote engine start system

SL: $35,000 

  • 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Intelligent around view monitor
  • Dual panel panoramic moonroof

Platinum: $38,430 (our tester)

  • ProPilot assist with navi-link
  • Nissan door-to-door navigation with premium traffic
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay

 

Fully loaded, our Platinum tester priced out at $42,325. The Platinum trim Rogue doesn’t come cheap, but it does provide ample technology and driver assist features for the money. Nissan’s warranty is pretty basic, offering limited coverage for three years or 36,000 miles and powertrain coverage for five years or 60,000 miles. No complimentary service is offered. 

2022 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD Test Drive Review

Performance 

All 2022 Rogues receive Nissan’s new 1.5-liter turbocharged inline 3-cylinder engine with variable compression ratio technology and revised CVT. While down a cylinder, the new engine puts out more power than the outgoing 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, making for a spritely driving experience. The new Rogue may not be begging you to carve canyons, but there is enough oomph to feel confident in daily driving.

Engine 

The new 1.5-liter 3-cylinder is a mighty mouse of a motor. It produces 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque — an increase of 20 horsepower and 44 pound-feet of torque over the retired engine. The power is adequate for daily driving, but we wouldn’t mind more — just to spice up the driving dynamics a bit. Where the motor might not be particularly exciting, it rewards with commendable fuel economy. The Rogue can tow a small amount, but given its tepid power delivery, this probably isn’t the vehicle you want to haul stuff with.

2022 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD Test Drive Review

Fuel Efficiency

With the new engine onboard, the Rogue is a capable fuel sipper. The Rogue is rated for up to 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, making for a combined rating of 31 mpg. Our week of testing yielded a combined average of just over 29 mpg. 

Drivetrain 

The Nissan CVT is smooth and does a good job behaving like a traditional automatic, but does lack some responsiveness. The weather was good during our week of testing, but we’re sure the Rogue’s all-wheel-drive system will provide good grip in inclement weather. The suspension is soft and supple — with just a hint of sportiness — and provides good ride quality, even over patchy roads.

Acceleration and Handling 

The 2022 Nissan Rogue probably won’t get your blood pumping, but it can handle daily errands and commuting runs just fine. Car and Driver clocked the SUV going 0-60 mph in 8.2 seconds. Handling is composed, with solid steering and body control in traffic and weaving through the Costco parking lot. 

Braking 

Along with the other nice driving dynamics, the brakes provide a strong and reassuring feel. They’re easy and natural to modulate and inspire confidence in traffic and abrupt stopping situations. Our tester was equipped with some extra braking features such as rear cross traffic alert, forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection and reverse automatic emergency braking.

Interior Comfort and Convenience 

The interior of the Rogue is definitely one of its main selling points. It’s thoughtfully laid out, intuitively executed and looks modern in a way that will age well. The materials used in the Platinum trim felt rich and luxurious. The eye-catching tan leather in our tester looked sharp against the blacks and grays used throughout the interior. There were plenty of storage cubbies and holders for knick-knacks, laptop bags and kid’s gear. It’s a very nice commuter and place to spend time — by yourself or with the family in tow.

Seats 

The front and rear seats are a highlight of the already excellent interior. The Platinum trim adds quilted semi-aniline leather, upping the luxury level. The seats strike a nice compromise between firm and soft, and they are more bolstered than expected, providing excellent support. The front seats are heated (we wish they were ventilated), as is the steering wheel in the Platinum trim. They feel great on the back in chilly weather. 

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The rear seats are also comfortable and supportive for adults and children alike, especially with their heated functionality. There is also plenty of legroom for adults in the rear — a feature that belies the Rogue's compact packaging. 

Climate Control 

The Platinum trim adds tri-zone climate control, which cools the cabin and its occupants quickly on hot days. The HVAC controls in the center stack look nice and are well integrated, fitting the cabin’s modernized appearance. 

Cargo Space and Cabin Storage 

The Rogue has a generous amount of cargo and cabin storage. In the Platinum trim, the Rogue comes with Nissan’s Divide-N-Hide storage compartments in the rear cargo area. We found these to be a little cumbersome to use, but they add to the 36.5 cubic feet of cargo space. With the rear seats folded down, that area expands to 74.1 cubic feet, giving the Rogue one of the largest cargo areas in the segment.

There are several nooks and cubbies to hold items throughout the interior, our favorite being the large storage compartment under the center stack.

Infotainment System 

You get what you pay for with the Platinum Rogue, and that includes an abundance of tech and screens. Standing tall on the dashboard is the 9.0-inch infotainment screen, which works well and is easy to use. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included. There are several other high-end features, including navigation and an excellent sounding Bose stereo system. The Platinum trim also sports a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 10.8-inch head-up display. The smartphone wireless charging pad is a nice touch, although it charges slowly. 

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Exterior Appearance and Functionality 

The Rogue is handsomely styled and gives off a modern, classy and slightly rugged vibe. It’s a nice, updated look complete with a fresh grille and slimmed down, yet athletic, lines and panels. The Rogue looks just as much at home in the office parking lot as it does in the outdoors.

Our tester was finished in a two-tone Pearl White TriCoat and Super Black paint, which looked especially sharp paired with the tan and black interior. The Platinum Rogue is also available in other attractive colors such as Boulder Gray Pearl, Sunset Drift, Caspian Blue Metallic, Scarlet Ember Tintcoat and Brilliant Silver Metallic.

Towing Capacity

The Rogue doesn’t make much power, but if you have a light trailer, it’s capable of towing up to 1,500 pounds. 

Wheels

Our Platinum tester had 19-inch machined-finish alloy wheels. Road noise was lower than average coming from the 235/55R-19 Bridgestone Alenza Sport A/S Enliten tires. Traction was good, although it was hard to break the tires free with only 201 horsepower on tap.

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Lights and Turn Signals 

The LED headlights — first introduced in 2021— give off a good amount of light, although their aesthetic design is a little divisive. The headlights were equipped with auto on/off, as well as LED daytime running lights, low and high beams. The LED taillights performed well, as did the side mirrors and their LED integrated turn signal indicators.

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Cameras and Side Mirrors 

The Platinum Rogue comes standard with a host of helpful cameras, including Nissan’s HD intelligent around view monitor. These cameras provide a birds-eye view of the vehicle and make parking in tight spaces a breeze. The dual power heated side mirrors provided clear views down the sides of the Rogue. They tilt down when in reverse to help with backing up. 

Front and Rear Windshield 

Visibility in the Rogue is good. The panoramic sunroof adds to the airiness of the cabin with its expansive views. Even with the second row sunshades extended, it's easy to see out of the vehicle. The windshield wipers did a nice job clearing the windshield. While it wasn’t cold enough to test its defrost features, we’re sure they work great. 

Safety 

Due to its safety features and a thorough suite of driver assistance technologies, the Rogue is one of the safest five-seat crossovers on the market. You should feel confident commuting or toting your family around in this SUV in any driving circumstances.

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Features 

Nissan loaded up the Platinum Rogue with all the safety technology you could want, including: 

  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Blind spot warning
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • High beam assist
  • Rear automatic braking
  • ProPilot assist 

Awards and Ratings 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2022 Rogue a four-star overall safety rating in its crash tests. The compact SUV was named a 2022 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+, earning Good scores in all crash test categories.

Final Impression 

The 2022 Nissan Rogue checks most of the boxes compact crossover shoppers are looking for. The updated SUV has attractive styling, modern tech, a luxurious and spacious cabin and excellent fuel economy. Its ride is comfortable, its handling has a connected feel and it’s good for commuting and hauling the family.

The Platinum trim is nice, especially with its wireless Apple CarPlay and semi-aniline leather, but we feel the SL trim might represent the better value. While the Rogue is not the most exciting crossover, it does everything else well enough to be one of the top entries in the market.

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FAQs 

What are the pros and cons of the Nissan Rogue? 

Pros: 

  • Fuel efficient
  • Lots of passenger and cargo space
  • Comfortable seats
  • Lots of modern tech and driver assistance features
  • Comfortable ride
  • Decent handling

Cons: 

  • Relatively low on power
  • Not particularly exciting
  • Styling can be divisive
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Is the Nissan Rogue a reliable car? 

The 2022 Rogue has not been given an estimated reliability rating as of this writing. The 2021 model scored 84/100 by J.D. Power. However, that model did not have the new 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged engine or the revised CVT that our tester had.

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