Nissan says the smaller size makes it a better option for city-dwellers and also makes it more fun to drive. I felt very in tune with the road and with the car while behind the wheel at the Circuit of the Americas
. Acceleration is good and so is cornering and braking. No problems with laboring or whining on a sharp stop. Itís also surprisingly quiet considering itís not a luxury model.
The 2.0-liter inline four with 141-horsepower takes on the track with ease. Good news for trim decisions is that itís the only engine currently available on the Rogue Sport. So thatís a non-factor when picking out which Sport is right for you.
One thing you do have to decide though is whether to go with front- or all-wheel-drive. My test Rogue Sport was an SL AWD trim. I love the AWD and could definitely feel the better grip of having power going to all four wheels.
The interior comfortable in that it doesnít feel like anything new. Thereís actually a CD slot and plenty of actual buttons instead of just everything on a touchscreen. The controls were intuitive to me and the ports super easy to access right at the bottom of the middle media center. I was immediately able to plug my phone in and start charging.
Physical comfort holds to the standard of a compact SUV with comfortable seats, good headroom, a touch screen, and easy to use controls. Thereís an all-black version available, but personally, Iím a fan of the nice balance of black and light gray in the test model. Plus, in Texas, light-colored seats are a must.