Thoughts on the Nissan Rogue Sport

Thoughts on the Nissan Rogue Sport

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As I sit here paying bills, I’m reveling in the fact that I only have one payment remaining until my minivan is paid off. It’s comforting, especially as we prepare for Madison to take driver’s education this summer. This time next year, she’ll officially have her driver’s license. Don’t get me started on that… it’s exciting and scary at the same time and I’m torn between being emotional about her growing up and being stressed about having a teenage driver. It’s not that we don’t have a vehicle for her to drive, we just don’t have many vehicles that I would want her to drive. You see, while we currently own twice as many vehicles as drivers, only one of those – the minivan – is winter ready. The others are solely for warm weather enjoyment and are put in storage once we get predictions of snow. When representatives for The Chicago Auto Show invited me to drive in and join them for the 2018 show, I had to admit that Scott would need the vehicle to transport the girls in my absence.

Technology changes and improves daily. See how this played into our experience when driving the Nissan Rogue Sport to the Chicago Auto Show. - SahmReviews.com

So they talked to the Nissan, the event’s media sponsor, and offered to loan me one of their vehicles to get me to and from the show. The day before I was set to head to The Chicago Auto Show, they delivered a 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport to my home. Let me start by saying that they offered it as a means of transportation, not as a review unit. There wasn’t time (nor necessity) to try brush off the salt spray before hitting the road for the show. So I apologize that my photos don’t show the paint or exterior features at all.

Technology changes and improves daily. See how this played into our experience when driving the Nissan Rogue Sport to the Chicago Auto Show. - SahmReviews.com

Can I confess something? My van is a 2013, not even five model years older than the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport yet the advancements in technology are incredibly noticeable. When I hopped in the car, I had NO idea how to start it. Push button? Really? I still have to remind myself not to pump the gas twice before turning over the key in my van, but now vehicles don’t even have that.

Technology changes and improves daily. See how this played into our experience when driving the Nissan Rogue Sport to the Chicago Auto Show. - SahmReviews.com

The first time I went to park, I looked at the display to see a mock-up image of the car, complete with the lines that separate the parking spaces. I thought to myself, “That’s cool that it’s estimating where the lines are.” What I discovered is it wasn’t an estimation. There are actually 6 cameras around the vehicle that are compiled into a bird’s-eye view. While my current vehicle interfaces with my phone, the Nissan Rogue Sport does so even more. When I received a text, it read the message out loud. It was also an unexpected surprise while during my commute to downtown Chicago, the navigation system announced that traffic patterns had changed and asked if I wanted to reroute to save 5 minutes.

Technology changes and improves daily. See how this played into our experience when driving the Nissan Rogue Sport to the Chicago Auto Show. - SahmReviews.com

Speaking of navigation… the Nissan Rogue Sport includes two different displays. One that resides in the center of the front panel, accessible to both driver and passenger. The other is a smaller display visible through the steering wheel. When an address is programmed, the main display provides detailed directions while the driver’s display shows only the next street with a giant arrow pointing right or left. When traveling in an unfamiliar location and in poor weather, I found this abbreviated information within my forward facing line of site to be incredibly comforting and useful.

Technology changes and improves daily. See how this played into our experience when driving the Nissan Rogue Sport to the Chicago Auto Show. - SahmReviews.com

This version of the Rogue wasn’t a souped up model with all the bells and whistles, but it was still a comfortable ride. The trunk space is comparable to other small SUVs that I’ve driven and seen. We were able to fit a lot of groceries and it even fit Madison’s French horn. I also liked that it came with a trunk privacy cover to keep outsiders from seeing what was in our trunk.

Technology changes and improves daily. See how this played into our experience when driving the Nissan Rogue Sport to the Chicago Auto Show. - SahmReviews.com

Of course, we needed to drop the rear seat to expand the trunk for the cello. The legroom in the back was comfortable for the girls and they liked that it had a center drop-down for holding beverages. There was also no shortage of USB plugs for charging devices. That’s definitely an upgrade from the vehicle from 2013.

While we didn’t have a lot of time to explore the advantages of the Nissan Rogue Sport, I was thoroughly impressed by the improvements over my current vehicle. I’m one of those people who tries to utilize something for as long as possible, but like any other piece of technology, the advancements change constantly.

What is the catalyst for you to upgrade your vehicle?

Nicole

About Nicole

Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has worked with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole works as an ambassador for brands such as Netflix, U.S. Cellular and K'NEX, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two beautiful teen daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere playing board games.

9 comments on «Thoughts on the Nissan Rogue Sport»

  1. I love a good car show, it’s so fun seeing all of the new models and what’s changed. It is fascinating the way tech evolves so quickly. I started driving back when there were still manual windows so I always enjoy checking it all out.

  2. We have never driven a rental that we didn’t want to buy. It always gives us new car fever! Congrats on that pay off! It’s such a huge deal. We just paid off our 2011 Prius and still feel excited! The Rogue they loaned you looks wonderful. I’d enjoy it too!

  3. Ashley says:

    That is one thing that makes me envious of the new cars out there- all the safety and tech built in. One day we will upgrade but for now, no car payment is pretty sweet.

  4. Stephanie says:

    This is the size SUV I would like to get. Something a bit larger than I have now with a bit of room for us to grow in to.

  5. Emily says:

    This is a great looking car! I love all of the tech features to it and that cargo space looks huge! Nissan is always a great car maker to count on!

  6. Bree says:

    I’ve been looking at SUVs recently since I will be trading in my car soon and I will have to check this one out for sure. It sounds great! Nissans really are dependable. And the amount of space would be perfect for my growing family.

  7. Milena says:

    Nissan makes a great car and this one is no different. We took one for a test drive and it was wonderful.

  8. James says:

    This is a nice looking car!

  9. Michael Shea says:

    My Sister Bought One, She Loves It.

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