Over the past three years, crossovers have made a steady march past midsize sedans to the top of the sales charts. In 2015, you’d find just two compact SUVs in the top 10. As of 2018, you will find three crossovers jockeying for position after the pickup trucks that occupy the top three spots.
Few vehicles have made a more aggressive push than Nissan Rogue (No. 5 overall), which continues setting sales record after sales record. After a significant refresh for the 2018 model year, the Japanese brand decided to keep pushing ahead with its next edition. (An all-new Toyota RAV4 may be one reason why.)
Here are the changes you’ll find in the 2019 Rogue, including the debut of Nissan’s advanced safety suite and updates to the Rogue Hybrid for the new model year.
1. Pricing range for 2019
The Rogue lineup starts with the S trim with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. (All gas-powered models get this powerplant and the automatic Xtronic transmission.) As in the previous model, the base Rogue S starts at $25,795 including destination charges and $27,145 with all-wheel drive.
For the SV ($27,215) and SL ($32,385) with front-wheel drive, you’ll only see minor ($200) price increases over the ’18 edition. However, there are more standard features in both trims for the upcoming model year. Rear Automatic Braking and Rear Sonar will be standard. Meanwhile, ProPILOT Assist and 19-inch aluminum wheels get added to the SL.
2. New appearance and premium packages
Consumers considering the base Rogue S also get the opportunity to add comfort and styling upgrades with the Special Appearance Package ($800). On the exterior, it adds chrome door handles and roof rails, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and LED turn signals with heated mirrors. Inside, the package brings heated front seats, chrome door handles, and leather on the steering wheel and shift knob.
In the SV trim, consumers get the option of the Premium Package ($1,820). This upgrade adds 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, ProPILOT Assist (with semi-autonomous drive features), and an electronic parking brake.
3. Debut of Safety Shield 360
As Nissan preps the release of the reseigned 2019 Altima, one thing sedan shoppers will look for in that model is the Safety Shield 360. This suite of six advanced functions will come standard on Rogue SV and SL trims for 2019, making it the debut of the system.
The package includes auto emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning (LDW), blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, rear auto-braking (RAB), and high-beam assist (HBA). All of the above except RAB and rear traffic alerts will be standard on the base model as well.
Finally, all 2019 Rogues will get Innovative Rear-Door Alert and Intelligent Lane Intervention standard. After a Top Safety Pick award for 2018, we’ll see how the 2019 Rogue fares in the upcoming IIHS evaluation. Its advanced safety tech will certainly be among the elite.
4. 2019 Rogue Hybrid
Back in 2017, Nissan debuted the Rogue Hybrid that runs on a 2.0-liter engine and 30 kW electric motor for a total of 176 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. For 2019, this model will get the same full suite of advanced safety features as the gas-powered SV and SL (including the new rear alerts) standard.
Rogue Hybrid is available as either an SV ($28,595) or SL ($32,535) model, with only the SV getting a noteworthy price change ($580) for the safety upgrades. Otherwise, the only change comes in the SL Premium Package, which adds a Bose sound system and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
5. Fuel economy, release date
With no major mechanical changes, Rogue will move into the 2019 year model with the same fuel economy specs. That means 29 mpg combined for the base (front-wheel-drive) model and 34 mpg for the base SV/SL Hybrid.
If you go with all-wheel drive, it knocks both the standard (27 mpg) and hybrid (33 mpg) down a bit. Regardless, both models are among the elite for compact SUV efficiency, with the Rogue Hybrid better than all other SUVs on the market (including the 2018 RAV4 Hybrid).
Nissan already began shipping the 2019 Rogue to dealerships, so they should start landing in your area soon. (The online configurator was not running for ’19 models at press time.) Once again, Rogue Hybrid sales will be limited to the West Coast, mountain areas, and Mid-Atlantic states.