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The 2022 Nissan Rogue and 2022 Rogue Sport are not two different versions of one SUV. Instead, these two are completely different models with two different missions. The 2022 Nissan Rogue holds down the more traditional compact five-seat SUV role for Nissan, while the Rogue Sport is a smaller runabout with a smaller price to match. But what are the differences?  

The Rogue Sport is smaller, in and out

Nissan says the Rogue Sport is “city-sized,” which in our book means it’s smaller. It’s about 10 inches shorter than the rogue, and its wheelbase is slightly shorter, which means it should be easier to park. But once you’re parked, you’re not going to be able to fit as much stuff, or people, in the Rogue Sport.

Overall, the Rogue has 74.1 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Rogue Sport makes do with 61 cubic feet. Passengers will feel a bit more cramped in the Rogue Sport, too, with just 33.4 inches of rear leg room, while the Rogue has 38.5 inches. The extra size helps the Rogue earn a Top Safety Pick+ ranking from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS.

While we are getting an updated 2023 Rogue, the Rogue Sport will be discontinued after the 2022s are sold.

The Rogue has a more powerful engine

A red 2023 Nissan Rogue Sport parked in front of a mountainous landscape.
2023 Nissan Rogue Sport | Nissan Motor Corporation

The Rogue uses a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that, while small, makes a stout 201 horsepower. The Rogue gets a continuously variable transmission. Those two give the Rogue near-hybrid levels of fuel economy ratings at 30 mpg in town and 37 on the highway in front-wheel drive trim. All-wheel drive versions sip a gallon more.

The Rogue Sport uses a more traditional 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 141 horsepower. Though the Rogue Sport is smaller and lighter, the 2.0-liter drinks more than the Rogue’s engine does. It gets 25 mpg in town and 32 mpg on the highway, and like the Rogue, all-wheel drive adds an mpg penalty.

The Rogue costs more than the Rogue Sport

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport in red in a warehouse
Nissan Rogue Sport | Nissan

Should You Buy a 2022 Nissan Rogue, or Wait for the New 2023 Rogue?

The Rogue’s pricing starts at $27,360, while the Sport starts at $24,960. The two come similarly equipped and both have Safety Sense, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, driver alertness warnings, automatic headlights, and more.  

The Rogue gets a larger 8.0-inch screen, while a 9.0-inch screen is available on the Platinum trim, as well as some extra tech.  That base S version of the Rogue Sport comes comparatively stripped, however. To get the options that most of us want on either SUV, like heated seats and steering wheel, a six-speaker stereo, and dual-zone climate requires you to step up to the $24,960 Rogue Sport S or the $29,050 SV trim of the Rogue. All-wheel drive is a $1,500 option on either.