The compact crossover segment has been on the rise for a long time and being part of the 25 best-selling vehicles list of 2021, the Nissan Rogue is one of the most famous offerings of the segment. Offered for a base MSRP of $26,850, the 2022 SUV comes with no major changes other than the inclusion of a new turbocharged motor that replaces the wheezy naturally aspirated inline-4 motor.
Coming in with four trim configurations, the 2022 Nissan Rogue also offers a cushy ride quality, more than enough room for five passengers, and has got a long list of standard driver-assistance features, even with the base S trim. It also looks pretty striking, especially when compared to the rivals like the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5. Here are 10 things you need to know before buying the 2022 Nissan Rogue.
10 A New Turbocharged Motor Is Onboard
One of the biggest gripes we had with the older model years of the Nissan Rogue has been the wheezy 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 motor. This motor had mediocre low-end and mid-range performance, especially when compared to the turbocharged rivals, and was a real slug to drive with five passengers and a trunk full of cargo.
However, for this 2022 iteration, Nissan has gotten rid of the older motor and replaced it with the 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3 motor producing 201 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque. The CVT automatic transmission has been reworked as well, making the driving experience much better. Coming in both FWD and AWD drivetrains, this compact SUV offers above-average acceleration and a wide torque band, making it a peppy commuter and freeway cruiser.
9 Design Stands Out From The Rivals
The 2022 Nissan Rogue sees no styling changes from the previous third-generation model years of the Rogue. Nevertheless, the design is quite striking mainly due to the quirky front end with the LED headlights integrated into the bumper, the LED DRLs above, and the silver and chrome accents making it stand out from the regular looking rivals like the Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Even though the profile doesn't carry the same quirkiness, with subtle character lines, blacked-out pillars and mirrors, and chrome accents, it is still a handsome-looking offering. The 19" alloy wheels look ravishing too. The rear end gets the LED taillights and a blacked-out skid plate. We also appreciate the generous ground clearance offered by Nissan.
8 Excellent Ride Quality
The comfortable ride quality has always been one of the biggest perks of the Nissan Rogue, and it is no different for this 2022 iteration. Coming with the independent front and rear suspension setup with coil springs and anti-roll bars, this SUV offers a plush ride quality irrespective of the road surface.
When encountered with broken roads on city streets, we found the Rogue to be a comfortable daily driver as it absorbs everything with ease. The suspension also works pretty silently, and even the worst of the potholes are filtered out with no problems. The same is also the case with highway driving, which is surprising for an SUV with soft suspension tuning.
7 Subpar Driving Dynamics
The 2022 Nissan Rogue felt quite similar to its sedan sibling, the 2022 Nissan Altima, especially when it comes to driving dynamics. If you are in search of a compact SUV with superb grip and handling, then you would be disappointed with the 2022 Nissan Rogue. The soft suspension setup and lifeless steering do hamper the driving experience quite a bit.
Take the corners a bit too enthusiastically and the Rogue responds with quite a lot of understeer. Even if you opt for the Intelligent AWD system, things don't come out much better. There is quite a lot of body roll too, which is not going to entertain the passengers. The electric power steering offers no feel and feedback, and the CVT transmission dulls down the experience even further.
6 Cabin Is Pretty Spacious
The space on offer in the 2022 Nissan Rogue is going to make this one of the best propositions of the lot, especially for the family buyers out there. The front seat occupants should be happy with the supportive seats and the best-in-class headroom, legroom, and shoulder room. All the much-needed creature comfort features are onboard too.
The rear seat experience is also no different. Offered with 55.9" of shoulder room, the rear seat could easily accommodate three passengers with comfort. In comparison, both the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 felt a bit lacking in this regard. The under-thigh and lower back support is excellent, and so is the above-average cargo capacity of 36.5 cu ft.
5 Interior Looks Elegant
We admire the simple and elegant design language provided by Nissan. Unlike the futuristic and clumsy design of the Mitsubishi Outlander, which is based on the same platform as the Nissan Rogue, this SUVs cabin looks well-proportioned. The tan or charcoal color combination is beautiful too.
Apart from that, the soft touch material inserts on the dashboard and door cards, chrome and silver accents, and brushed material in the center console add to the elegance of the cabin. The upholstery comes covered in quilted leather for the higher trims, and the chunky steering wheel and high-quality buttons and switches make the cabin feel like a much more premium German offering.
4 Gets Many Standard Driver-Assistance Features
With Nissan's Intelligent driver-assistance tech coming in as standard across the four trim configurations, the 2022 Nissan Rogue is one of the best in terms of safety. Similar to rivals like the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester, the Rogue comes loaded with all the safety features like automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and many more.
The basic safety features like airbags, stability control, parking sensors, 360-degree camera, tire pressure monitoring system are standard too. We also admire the reasonably solid build quality, even though it doesn't feel as premium as the Mazda CX-5 and the Volkswagen Tiguan. However, the 4-star crash safety rating in the NHTSA crash test turned out to be lower than the rivals.
3 Infotainment Is Feature Packed
The S and SV trims of the 2022 Nissan Rogue come with an 8" touchscreen Nissan Connect infotainment system. However, the more expensive SL and Platinum trims get the slightly bigger 9" unit. Both the infotainments are pretty intuitive to use, and the display quality and touch sensitivity are good as well.
There is quite a lot of hard buttons and knobs, making it very easy to use for the drivers. The audio experience provided by the 10-speaker Bose premium audio system is excellent too. When it comes to the features, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, and many more are offered, though some are only available with the higher trims.
2 Reasonably Fuel Efficient
With the removal of the 2.5L inline-4 motor and with the addition of the new turbocharged inline-3 motor, the 2022 Nissan Rogue turned out to be a reasonably fuel-efficient proposition. When equipped with the FWD drivetrain, the car rates 30 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, which is better than all the rivals of the segment.
Even if you get the AWD variant, the fuel efficiency ratings of 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway are pretty good. With a fuel tank capacity of 14.5-gallons, the FWD variant could do over 500 miles of highway driving on a full tank of fuel. However, both the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Mazda CX-5 have a slightly bigger fuel tank capacity.
1 Precise Braking Performance
The 2022 Nissan Rogue comes with a 4-wheel disc brake setup, with the front end having 11.7" rotors and the rear getting 11.5" rotors. This helps the car to do the 70-0 mph braking in just 169 feet, bettering many of the segment rivals. All the braking features like ABS, EBD, brake assist, automated emergency braking are standard across the trims.
A gentle dab on the brake pedal is all that is needed to stop this SUV when being driven at slow speeds. The brakes have a superb initial bite and the pedal also offers great feedback to the driver. When needing a fast stop, mash on the brake pedal, and you'll be surprised with the superb progression and low front-end dive.