The Rogue and Rogue Sport are both popular smaller utility vehicles made by Nissan. The Rogue is a midsized crossover, and the Rogue Sport is a compact crossover with a little more sleekness to its style. Each of these well-outfitted and reliable vehicles has a lot to offer, but some car shoppers might not be sure which is the better fit for them. It could be as simple as where you live: city drivers tend to like something a little smaller that's more maneuverable and easier to park. And a buyer who tends to have taller passengers (especially in the back seat) may value a couple more inches of head room and leg room, plus some more cargo capacity.


Starting with the basic differences, the Rogue is roughly 5.5 inches taller, 12 inches longer, and 2 inches wider than the Rogue Sport, with an additional 10 cubic feet of passenger volume. The most significant gap comparing interior dimensions is in rear leg room, where the midsized Rogue has 37.9 inches and the Rogue Sport has 33.4 - a discrepancy of 4.5 inches. The difference in the manufacturer's suggested retail base prices is less than $3,000.




Mechanical Similarities and Differences


Both of these five-passenger Nissan crossovers have an inline four-cylinder engine, but the larger Rogue's is a 2.5-liter that puts out 170 horsepower, versus the Sport's 2.0-liter making 141 hp. They both get a continuously variable transmission and a 15-gallon gas tank. Their fuel economy is neck and neck, with a difference of just 1 or 2 mpg depending on which trim levels are compared. Each comes standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available as an option.


Standard Equipment


What does the larger Rogue offer as standard (on the base trim) that the Sport version may not offer until higher trims? Here's a partial list: The Rogue gets three 12V DC outlets (the Sport gets one) and has standard 17-inch wheels (the Sport's standard wheels are 16"). The Rogue may also offer a tad more versatility in carrying cargo because its second-row seat splits 40-20-40 rather than 60-40. This could help if you need to carry something long and narrow (like skis, a snowboard, or a few building supplies) while two passengers are in the back seat.   


Decisions, Decisions


We hope the information on this page helped to give you a better idea. But if you're still stuck on your decision, the friendly and knowledgeable sales representatives at AutoFair Nissan of Stratham are a great resource. Stop by anytime and we'll be delighted to talk with you in more depth about the Rogue versus the Rogue Sport.

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