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ROGUE SPORT IS USEFUL, FUEL EFFICIENT AND INEXPENSIVE

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
It is just slightly smaller than the hot-seller Rogue: 2.3 inch shorter in wheelbase, 12.1 inches fewer in length and 5.6 inch lower in height. But this entry-compact crossover delivers a comfortable well-damped ride while targeting youthful and active lifestyles.   
The 2.0-liter inline-4 DOHC cylinder engine still develops 141 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 147 pounds-feet of torque at 4400 rpm. It is mated to a continuous variable transmission, which is easy to engage. The electric power rack-and-pinion steering conveys a solid on-center feel, willing to change directions when hustled along on the road. An independent strut with coil springs make up the front while the rear is equipped with a multilink suspension system.  
Sitting on a unibody-type structure of the 2018.5 Rogue Sport is a V-motion black grille with chrome accents, halogen headlights, body-colored bumpers and door handles. Offered at no extra cost on the SV trim model are dual auto a/c, 5-inch touch screen, cloth seats, eight-way power driver seat, tilt/telescopic steering column, push-button start and a six-speaker CD player. Ingress and egress is effortless with the 60/40-split rear seat, which when folded, ekes out 61.1 cubic feet of space. An under-floor cargo area storage tray can come in handy for wet items.  
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag for both rows, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, vehicle dynamic control, antiskid system, front seat active-head restraints, automatic emergency braking, front seatbelts with pretensioners, front and rear crumple zones, hill start assist, blind spot warning, rear-cross traffic alert, and tire pressure monitoring system. 
If versatility, functionality, high fuel-economy figures and value rank top of the list, then the Sport version of the all-new entry-compact crossover is a no-brainer. Are you listening – the young, urban SUV buyer?  

ROGUE SPORT AWD (SV)
Tires: 215/70R17
Wheelbase: 104.2 inches
Length: 172.4 inches
Weight: 3,389 pounds
Fuel capacity: 14.5 gallons
City: 24 mpg
Highway: 30 mpg 
Base price: $25,090
Web site: www.nissanusa.com 

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