2022 Nissan Rogue Review: A Smoother Compact SUV Than We Expected

2022 Nissan Rogue Review: A Smoother Compact SUV Than We Expected

Highlights of the Nissan Rogue 2022 review:

  • Nissan Rogue 2022 ($27,360 – $38,640)
  • Best Choice for Safety + – IIHS
  • Pros: The new 2022 Nissan Rogue turbocharged engine is smooth and fuel-efficient, and there are plenty of standard safety features.
  • The negatives: We’re not fans of the CVT, and the wireless Apple Carplay is nice but tough.

The 2022 Rogue is a two-row SUV competing in a thriving and competitive segment. It sits in a class with top racers like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, as well as worthy contenders like the Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson. We spent some time in the car and were impressed by its sophisticated on-road roles as well as its comfort and off-road capability.

That used to sit in the space between the front fenders, which is now filled with a three-cylinder turbocharged engine (more on that later). The CVT transmission has also been modified to aid in fuel efficiency and acceleration.

Which 2022 Nissan Rogue is right for you?

2022 Nissan Rogue | Joe Santos, MotorBiscuit

Choosing the right Nissan Rogue is easy as there are only four different trim levels to choose from:

  • Rogue S: $27,360
  • Rogue SV: $29,050
  • Rogue C: $33,710
  • Rogue Platinum: $37,140

Each trim level comes standard in a front-engine configuration, but the all-wheel drive kit can be added for an additional $1,500.

Our test this week was a Rogue Platinum AWD model with black and white and a tan interior. The total price, as tested, was $42,325, which included an additional fee for exterior and interior lighting effects, a head-up display package, and a cargo protection package with a first aid kit.

How is 2022 Rogue Drive going?

Front view of Nissan Rogue 2022
2022 Nissan Rogue | Joe Santos, MotorBiscuit

On the road, the 2022 Nissan Rogue feels confident and comfortable. Its steering effort is easy, even when Sport Mode is selected, and its brakes feel linear. However, the brake pedal feels a little softer for our liking.

In terms of ride comfort, the Rogue feels excellent. Wind noise is minimal, even at highway speeds, but we did detect some road noise – so it’s not exactly a luxury car. Although we ultimately blame the larger 19-inch wheels on the Platinum model for excessive noise, the lower rims may be quieter.

Other than that, the Rogue feels surprisingly smooth, so much so that we can call it a “semi-luxury crossover” with the quiet experience inside the cabin it offers. This calm is not compromised when the road also becomes difficult.

During our light off-road driving, the Nissan Rogue felt just as comfortable when the road was smooth. We did detect some noise transmitted through the suspension when driving on rougher gravel, but the ride felt smoother than we’d expect.

Plus, the car’s intelligent all-wheel drive system works so well that we even tried heavy acceleration tests from a standstill on loose dirt. The car quickly picked up traction, worked best with the “off-road” mode turned on. In the end, the 2022 Nissan Rogue was unexpectedly better than we thought it would be, and we loved the smooth driving dynamics over the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester.

Is Nissan Rogue 2022 strong?

VC Turbo Engine in Nissan Rogue Platinum 2022
2022 Nissan Rogue Platinum | Joe Santos, MotorBiscuit

Yes, the Nissan Rogue has a lot of activity in its step once you get started. The turbocharged, three-cylinder VC engine under the hood may be small, but the torque output of 201 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque is powerful. There’s plenty of torque mid-range, making it easy to hit the highway and pass slower cars.

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Our only pitfall is that Rogue is a bit off the hook. It could have something to do with an Xtronic CVT or a turbocharger that needs a boost, but nothing completely hampers the driving experience.

Also, “VC” stands for “Variable Compression,” which means that the Rogue’s engine can vary in compression ratio – from 8.1 to 14:1 – depending on the driving condition. A lower ratio is when more power is needed, such as when accelerating significantly, while a higher number helps with better fuel economy, such as when cruising on the highway.

Speaking of fuel efficiency, the EPA rates the 2022 Rogue at 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway (31 mpg combined). In our test week, we averaged about 26 mpg, which seems low, but could be a symptom of mostly city driving and needing to break the engine down a little more.

How comfortable is the Nissan Rogue?

Rogue is very comfortable for a compact crossover. There is plenty of head and leg room for front seat passengers, and the rear seat area can certainly accommodate tall adults. Our test rig even came with a separate climate control for the second row as well as heated seats.

One useful touch is that the rear doors open at a wide 90-degree angle, which makes loading car seats and cargo much easier. The rear seat also folds flat to reveal 72 cubic feet of cargo volume, which is about double what it was when folded (36.2 cubic feet).

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Other than that, you’ll find plenty of soft-touch surfaces around the cabin, even in places you never touch, like the dashboard. The wood trim is a nice touch, too. All buttons and knobs are well placed and easily accessible to the driver and passenger.

We can’t forget the semi-aniline leather upholstery, which is very soft. In addition, the “zero-gravity” front seats provide enough comfort that the astronaut will even give them a pass.

Does Nissan Rogue have good technology?

The infotainment system for the 2022 Rogue
2022 Nissan Rogue | Joe Santos

Yes, the Nissan Rogue 2022 offers all the technical features you could need. Every Rogue comes standard with LED headlights, taillights, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and Apple Carplay/Android Auto. Choosing higher trim levels like the Rogue SV and SL unlocks more tech features like the 360-degree camera, three-zone automatic climate control, power adjustable seats and driver seat memory.

Moving to the Rogue Platinum unlocks more tech, such as a 12.3-inch digital gauge package, 10.8-inch display, and a wireless phone charger. Wireless Android Auto is also present, as is the premium Bose Audio system. One thing to note is that Apple Carplay doesn’t connect every time we get in the car, but it can be triggered manually through the infotainment system.

Is Nissan Rogue Safe?

You can see the ProPilot assist system in the dashboard.
2022 Nissan Rogue Platinum | Joe Santos, MotorBiscuit

Yes, every 2022 Nissan Rogue comes equipped with the brand’s Safety Shield 360 suite of driver assistance features. This suite includes features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot detection.

These features complement the vehicle’s ProPilot Assist system, which uses adaptive cruise control and lane assist technologies to keep the vehicle centered in the lane while driving. On the Platinum, they also connect to the onboard navigation system to limit the vehicle’s speed to match speed limits, curves and highway inclines.

In case these safety tools aren’t enough for you, the 2022 Nissan Rogue has also been awarded a Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS and a 5-star overall safety rating from .

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How reliable is the Nissan Rogue 2022?

The 2022 Nissan Rogue is very reliable with a “Great” reliability score of 82 out of 100 from JD Power. We wouldn’t be surprised if Nissan Rogue owners could easily get more than 200,000 miles from their cars. Also, maintenance is fairly inexpensive.

You expect it should cost an average of $5,599 to maintain the Rogue for the first five years of ownership and only about $744 for repairs during that time. Fortunately, the Rogue is also covered by a base warranty of 3 years/36,000 miles and a 5-year/36,000-mile powertrain, which can cut down on some unexpected repair costs in the first few years.

The experts at MotorBiscuit give the 2022 Nissan Rogue a score of 8.1 out of 10

Rear view of a 2022 Rogue on a dirt road.
2022 Nissan Rogue | Joe Santos, MotorBiscuit

MotorBiscuit editors give the 2022 Nissan Rogue an overall rating of 8.1 out of 10. The updated 2022 Nissan Rogue offers plenty of power and comfort for everyday driving, and we wouldn’t hesitate to take it on a long road trip. We commend the Rogue for its smooth on-road driving as well as its off-road ability. Anyone shopping for a crossover should put the road at the top of the shortlist.

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