New engine in 2022 Nissan Rogue improves power and fuel economy

The cool looking Rogue compact SUV is Nissan’s best-selling model and one of the most popular among all compact SUVs in general.

For 2022, the Rogue gets a faster engine. A 201-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder takes over from the previous 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produced 181 hp.

Fuel economy is not diminished by the power increase, it is improved by about 3 mpg. A new, more refined CVT automatic transmission shares credit for the improved fuel efficiency.

There are four Rogue trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. Each comes with front-wheel drive as standard equipment and offers all-wheel drive for an extra $1,500.

Front-wheel drive is standard on all four trim levels of the 2022 Nissan Rogue, and each is available with AWD for an additional cost. Nissan.

The Rogue’s fuel economy is excellent for a gas-powered compact SUV. With front-wheel drive, fuel economy ratings for the S and SV trims are 30 mpg city, 37 mpg highway, and 32 mpg combined. For SL and Platinum trims the numbers are 29/36/32 mpg.

With all-wheel drive, S and SV get 28/35/31 mpg. The SL and Platinum trims are a mile lower for highway driving, but are still rated at 31 mpg for the combined.

Pricing starts at $28,445 for a front-drive S model and levels out at $39,725 for the all-wheel-drive Platinum. These figures include a destination charge of $1,295.

The base S version is decently equipped with standard features, including 17-inch alloy wheels, an infotainment system with an 8-inch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a four-speaker stereo, the SiriusXM satellite radio, a few USB ports and Nissan security. Shield 360 collection of safety technologies such as Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking and more.

For just under $1,700 above the S, the SV beckons. It comes with 18-inch wheels and adds an eight-way driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, two additional audio speakers, keyless entry, two rear USB ports, 360 camera system degrees, a Wi-Fi hotspot, adaptive cruise control and several other attractive features. An optional Premium SV package ($2,660) changes the fabric upholstery to synthetic leather and provides heat for the steering wheel and front seats, a panoramic sunroof, power tailgate and roof rails.

An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard on the 2022 Nissan Rogue, and a 9-inch version is available on select models.  Platinum interior is shown here.  Nissan.

An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard on the 2022 Nissan Rogue, and a 9-inch version is available on select models. Platinum interior is shown here. Nissan.

The interior of the 2022 Rogue has two rows of seats for up to five passengers who have generous space. They travel in NASA-inspired Zero Gravity Seats designed to support the spine and reduce fatigue. Rogue’s relaxing ride is extra insurance against discomfort.

The rear cargo area has plenty of utility with its wide opening and 31.6 cubic feet of space with the second-row seats occupied. The SL and Platinum versions have a Divide-N-Hide cargo system providing hidden and secure storage space for small valuables. The rear doors are also wide and open nearly 90 degrees, making it easy to get in and out. When opening or closing, the doors have two stopping points along the way, so don’t worry about hitting a nearby car or getting you or your passenger hitting the door.

The second-row seats fold effortlessly with the push of a lever, either on the seat or from the cargo area. And, just as admirable, they snap back into an upright position with equal ease.

The extra horsepower created by Rogue’s new engine this year is welcome, but it still lacks spectacular capability, which is good. Rogue has never been in a race against its competitors for hard acceleration.


Base price including destination charges: $39,725

Price as driven: $41,930

Mary Lowry is a member of the Motor Press Guild and a member and past president of the Northwest Automotive Press Association. She lives in Snohomish County. Vehicles are provided by vehicle manufacturers on a one-week loan for evaluation purposes only. Manufacturers do not control the content of reviews.

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