Production of the Nissan Rogue Sport ceases in December 2022. The brand will focus on higher-volume and electrified vehicles.
The Nissan Rogue Sport, which is essentially an American Qashqai, ends after the 2022 model year. The Nissan Qashqai itself is a global model, and it will continue its existence.
When Nissan launched the Rogue Sport 5 years ago, it hoped the subcompact SUV to attract young buyers. In practice, the model somehow got lost between a larger Rogue bestseller and a smaller, well-sold Kicks.
The company is confident that with those two it will be able to effectively cover the part of the market previously occupied by the Nissan Rogue Sport.
What’s Wrong With the Nissan Rogue Sport?
There are other small SUVs on the market that are cheaper and better-rounded.
With the similar cargo space, the Honda HR-V has at least three “better”: interior, fuel efficiency, and base price.
The Kicks offers comparable quality for much less money. The 2023 Nissan Kicks is available to buy now in three grades with the cost from $21,585 to $24,145 incl. a destination charge.
The Nissan Rogue is roomier for passengers and cargo, has a nicer cabin, a punchier and stronger engine, and better-cushioned seats. By the way, the 2023 Nissan Rogue is on sale now priced between $28,655 and $39,935 MSRP including the $1,295 destination fee.
The Mazda CX-30 is a better choice overall: it is cheaper, has a more upscale interior with more spacious back seats, a more potent engine, and zestier handling.
The Nissan Rogue Sport’s main advantages include a long list of standard safety features, a big cargo hold for the class, plus pleasant ride and handling.
There are disappointing things too, like tiny rear seats, middling materials in the cabin, a weak engine, a noisy transmission, and so-so acceleration.
Such shortcomings explain mediocre demand and, as a result, the model’s exit from the market.