2018 Nissan Rogue vs. Nissan Rogue Sport: What are the Differences?

A red Nissan Rogue & Rogue Sport on a red & white background

Nissan Rogue Available in Matteson, IL

Do you want to add a new Nissan SUV to your daily drive, but are torn between the 2018 Nissan Rogue and Nissan Rogue Sport? While both SUVs share similar titles, they offer a variety of features to accommodate your exact needs. To help you decide which SUV is right for your lifestyle, the team at Hawkinson Nissan in Matteson, IL have created the following comparison page between the 2018 Nissan Rogue and 2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport. If you have initial questions for a product specialist, contact our Nissan dealership at (708) 252-3769.

Exterior Design

Both the 2018 Nissan Rogue and 2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport have been designed to stand out in a crowd with a bold exterior. Key differences between the exterior design of the 2018 Nissan Rogue and 2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport include the following:

  • Both models include LED daytime running lights, but only the Nissan Rogue also includes LED taillights
  • The Nissan Rogue includes black exterior accents, while the Rogue Sport has black wheel arch moldings and rocker panels
  • A motion-activated liftgate is standard with the Nissan Rogue
  • Only the Nissan Rogue includes the Midnight Edition trim level which adds black roof rails, black splash guards, and black exterior mirrors
The dashboard in the front of the Nissan Rogue Sport

Interior Comfort

Whether you’re commuting to work or dropping the kids off at school, you want your Nissan SUV to be comfortable for you and all your passengers. Both the 2018 Nissan Rogue and 2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport have unique interior comfort options available including:

  • The Nissan Rogue Sport includes a 60/40-split folding second row seat, while the Rogue offers the Ez Flex™ second-row seating system
  • Leather-appointed seating comes standard only with the Nissan Rogue
  • Gunmetal interior door finish can be found only inside the Rogue
  • Both models include the Divide-N-Hide® cargo system, but it only comes standard on the Rogue
A green Nissan Rogue Sport parked on a busy street with foot and bike traffic

Power and Capability

What are your expectations when it comes to power and capability from your new Nissan SUV? Both models offer exceptional fuel economy, however the Nissan Rogue has a more energetic engine with more horsepower and torque compared to the Rogue Sport. View the table below for additional performance specs for both SUVs.

2018 Nissan Rogue


2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport

2.5L I4


2.0L I4

170 HP


141 HP

175 lb.-ft.


147 lb.-ft.


MPG city/highway


A white Nissan Rogue driving down a road using a safety sensing feature

Technology and Safety Features

Do you have modern safety and technology features on your wish list? Features such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert and an Advanced Drive-Assist® Display are standard on both SUVs, however there are several key differences you should be aware of such as:

  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ come standard only with the Rogue
  • The Rogue Sport comes standard with a 5-in. touchscreen, while the Rogue has a standard 7-in. touchscreen
  • Lane Departure Warning is available with both SUVs, but only in a package with the Rogue Sport


Schedule a Test Drive in Matteson, IL

Have you made the decision between the 2018 Nissan Rogue and 2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport? Head over to the new inventory available at Hawkinson Nissan in Matteson, IL to find the exact model you want to take home! The best way to know which Nissan SUV is right for you is to schedule a test drive! Schedule your appointment by calling (708) 252-3769.


Further Reading

A woman holding a painting using her foot to open the back hatch on the 2018 Rogue Sport
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