Just because the Rogue Sport is a smaller version of a larger vehicle, that doesn't mean it's short on features. Some available options include adaptive cruise control with forward collision mitigation, remote ignition and even a heated steering wheel.
Enter the Rogue Sport and find yourself in a cockpit-oriented cabin. The instruments are cleanly done and I am pleased to see that the dash and console uses soft padded surfaces as opposed to cheap Rubbermaid plastics. Ergonomics throughout the cabin are nicely done and all controls are easy to use - no need for an owner's manual here.
All Rogue Sports come standard with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine that makes 141 horsepower as opposed to the Rogues 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine that makes 170 hp. But just like in the larger Rogue, the Sport uses a CVT transmission.
Driving in urban traffic, the Sport feels totally capable. 141 ponies isn't much power these days, but there is just enough when needed, but not enough to get you in trouble. While I'm still not a big fan of CVT transmissions, I will say that the Nissan has improved them tremendously, and they feel less weird - thanks to the simulated gear shifts. The ride in the Rogue Sport is nicely due in part to a multilink-independent rear suspension that keeps the vehicle level and allows it to handle well.
Pricing for the Rogue Sport starts at $21,500.