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Nissan adds smaller Rogue Sport model to crossover lineup, starting at $21,420

Emma Jayne Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Automotive News

Rogue Sport greets passengers with proximity approach lighting. Black lower body cladding and wheel arches are standard. Body-color outside mirrors have integrated turn signals.

Variable intermittent front windshield wipers and rear window wipers with reverse interlocking are also standard. Reverse interlocking means the wiper activates automatically when the vehicle is backing up.

Ten exterior colors are available including bold Monarch Orange ($395) and Nitro Lime, elegant Pearl White ($395), rugged Gun Metallic, and delicious Mocha Almond. Interiors are available in Charcoal or Light Gray cloth or leather.

For this review I drove an eye-catching Nitro Lime (Yoda green) top-of-the-line SL with front-wheel drive, riding on 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with silver-painted fronts and gray pockets emphasizing five stylized "V" spokes. The interior was Charcoal featuring Piano Black finishers with chrome accents on the door panels, dash, center stack, and shifter knob/surround.

My tester was well equipped with automatic headlights, heated mirrors, remote start with Intelligent Climate Control, hands-free liftgate, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, Quick Comfort heated front seats, universal garage/gate opener, Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Siri Eyes Free iPhone control, and roof rails.

The Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection made parallel parking much easier and more precise with a bird's-eye-view of my Rogue Sport, giving a visual and audible alert for a small dog passing behind.

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An SL Premium Package ($2,280) brought a power sliding moon roof with sliding shade, LED low- and high-beam projector headlights with LED accents, High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Forward Emergency Braking is normally included in the Premium Package. A Platinum Package ($570) replaced it with Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, along with Intelligent Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning and Prevention.

The interior was attractive, with Nissan's "Gliding Wing" design philosophy featured on the dash. The dash curved up and away from the center console, giving the impression of extended wings.

A six-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support, and four-way manual front passenger's seat were supportive and comfortable, with 38.8 inches of headroom and 42.8 inches of legroom. Rear outboard passengers had 33.4 inches of legroom, with the middle a little less due to the console and mid-floor tunnel.

Dual-zone automatic temperature control had an in-cabin micro filter, and rear passengers had air conditioning vents.

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