Nissan is an important player in the compact crossover SUV market. Recent moves are showing that the Japanese carmaker means business. The best-selling Rogue crossover is launched in 2021. Meanwhile, they expanded the lineup with the Rogue Sport model, positioned between the subcompact and compact classes. Changes on the 2023 Nissan Rogue will be modest since the company is now updating other vehicles, mainly larger SUVs. But, the hybrid model is ready to join the lineup and make the Rogue more competitive. The main upgrade will be in the gas mileage. Nevertheless, even the base version is pretty efficient, especially if you select the new inline-three powerplant.
Without key interior and exterior changes, the 2023 Nissan Rogue will be a carry-over from the past season. The company will reshuffle options and packages to refresh the offer. Some new colors could do the job as well. Currently, the base model comes with five choices, while upper trim levels are going to increase the number of colors, both for interior and exterior. Without big modifications, you can expect the price to stay put.
Trim Levels and Optional Packages
The 2023 Nissan Rogue will keep all the current versions. We can find rumors about new packages, but our sources are not confirming big things. For example, some say that the Nismo edition is in plans. This would be a cool upgrade, but the company is more focused on efficiency, rather than performance. Also, a seven-seat version is not going to happen. The Rogue is not the only compact vehicle being mentioned in such speculations. But, in the US market, the crossover is too small for the third row. In Europe, you can find Rogue as the Qashqai, and this model offers extra seating spots if you select the Qashqai+2 edition.
So, the base offer includes the S package. Highlights of the bundle are 17-inch wheels, LED lights, and the power-adjustable driver’s seat. The infotainment system comes with an 8-inch screen, 4-speaker audio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and a couple of USB ports. Upgrading to the SV model brings larger 18-inch wheels, keyless entry and remote start, dual-zone climate, and more safety features. For example, lane assist and adaptive cruise control are pretty helpful. Multimedia also gets a boost with more speakers, USB ports, and Wi-Fi hotspot. Optionally, you can also add Premium package as the optional upgrade.
The 2023 Nissan Rogue SL could be considered as the luxury version. Well, leather upholstery, hands-free tailgate, and driver’s bucket memory settings are features you get at top trim levels on most other vehicles. Navigation, larger display, 10-speaker Bose audio, and wireless Apple CarPlay are part of the SL Premium version. Still, the most impressive version is going to be Rogue Platinum. Unique upgrades are again coming on this trim level, which will be unveiled during the premiere of the vehicle.
Under the hood of the 2023 Nissan Rogue is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It develops 185 hp. Nevertheless, that is still 15 ponies less than its main rival Toyota Rav4 can do. The gas mileage is 30 mpg combined with the front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive can harm the output and decrease the rating to 28 mpg. If you want the best from the Rogue, then a 1.5-liter turbo is a better option. The new engine is ready to return 33 mpg combined. Again, FWD and AWD are options. A CVT transmission is still a power router and fans call for the replacement.
2023 Nissan Rogue Hybrid
To catch up with the competition, Nissan needs a hybrid drivetrain for the 2023 Rogue. Toyota, Ford, and Honda are already in this business and their models can return 40 mpg. Plus, hybrid and PHEV batteries boost the outputs and Rav4, Escape, and CR-V can deliver more than 200 horsepower. Everything counts and bosses in Nissan know that. So, the Rogue Hybrid is very likely to happen, unless the company decides to skip this step and deliver the EV straight away. It is not impossible and the Ariya concept looks more than promising. Even if this doesn’t happen for the 2023 YM, the all-electric Rogue will happen in foreseeable future.
2023 Nissan Rogue Sport: Small City Crossover
If the Rogue is too big, you can consider buying a smaller Rogue Sport. The vehicle is 11 inches shorter and uses a less potent engine. Instead of a 2.5-liter mill, you will find a 2.0-l displacement good for 141 hp. The Rogue Sport is 3 inches longer than the Nissan Kicks, the smallest crossover the Japanese company is offering in the US. Front- and all-wheel drive are options, but the subcompact crossover cuts the Platinum package from the lineup. Of course, you will also save a bit. Standard Rogue starts at $28,000 and the premium versions exceed $40k mark. The Rogue Sport is $2,000 to $3,000 lower, depending on the trim level.