Nissan has announced that the 2018 Rogue compact SUV will start at $25,655, including a $975 destination charge, for the front-wheel-drive S model, an increase of $260 from the 2017.5 model and $860 from the 2017. The top SL trim level also adds the option of Nissan's new ProPilot Assist system of driver assistance technology — the first application in the U.S. of the system, which also is coming for the redesigned Nissan Leaf electric sedan.
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Front-wheel-drive versions of the mid-level Rogue SV model will start at $26,875 with destination, also up $260 over the 2017.5, while the top SL trim level will start at $32,035, up $700. All-wheel drive for any Rogue adds $1,350.
Previously falling mid-pack among competitors in price, the 2018 Rogue now starts higher than the 2018 base price for such rivals as Ford Escape ($24,845), Honda CR-V ($25,090), Kia Sportage ($24,395) and Toyota RAV4 ($25,405).
A 2018 version of the sporty SV Midnight Edition, a value package of mostly blacked-out appearance upgrades, will return later for the 2018 model year at a price still to be announced (the current version is $990 for, according to Nissan, $1,990 worth of enhancements).
The Rogue Hybrid, sold in "select markets" (mostly on the West Coast), will continue to be available there in its current form. Information on a 2018 model will be announced at a later date, said Nissan spokesman Kyle Torrens.
The ProPilot Assist system with camera and radar sensors currently can help with most tasks in single-lane highway driving, and it has more capability planned for its future. It offers lane-centering steering, which keeps the car in the middle of the lane (including through curves), and has full-speed adaptive cruise control that can slow the vehicle to a complete stop and hold it in stop-and-go traffic.
The 2017 Rogue got a mid-year freshening, including the Midnight Edition, and a standard front collision system with automatic braking — enough updating that Nissan dubs the current Rogue a 2017.5. All that mostly carries over for 2018, with the addition of standard NissanConnect capability with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and an additional USB port in the center console bin on all models. The SV also gets a standard power, motion-activated liftgate (already standard on the SL).
Also carrying over is the 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with a continuously variable automatic transmission, expected to be EPA-rated the same at 26/33/29 mpg city/highway/combined with front-wheel drive and 25/32/27 mpg with all-wheel drive.