Picture yourself behind the wheel of your car. What's in front of you? Behind you? More than likely these days, it's a small SUV of some sort. America has gone cuckcoo for crossovers as of late, and manufacturers are more than willing to indulge our addiction. Case in point: the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport.
The five-passenger Rogue Sport slots in between Nissan's funky-looking Juke and its larger Rogue with its optional third row. Offered in S, SV or SL trim lines with either front or all-wheel drive, it's no wonder Nissan decided to bring this little guy stateside. It's long been a huge hit in Europe under the name Qashqai (say it with me: cash-kai) and joins the subcompact crossover SUV segment with the likes of the, and the quirky .
However, as popular as it's been in Europe, tech-savvy folks here in America might be disappointed. Advanced driver's aids like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist are all optional, and even then, only on SV and SL trims. My top-of-the-line SL needed the $2,280 SL Premium Package to get blind spot monitoring and the $570 Platinum Package to score adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning.
The Good The Rogue Sport has super-cute looks and above-average cargo space.
The Bad Apple CarPlay or Android Auto are not offered. An anemic engine makes for tough freeway merging, and driver's aids come at a steep price.
The Bottom Line Strong looks and decent handling can't overcome the weak infotainment tech and disappointing engine.
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