Usually, when a brand new model is released, it will see any new updates within a few years. After all, if you just changed everything, why would you make it worse right away? But sometimes the development of cars and their engines is not consistent, which is why last year’s new Rogue made its debut with only a mildly updated version of the previous generation of engines. This is why the 2022 Nissan Rogue welcomes a new standard engine under its hood, otherwise it will remain unchanged. Yes, standard Engine, not another option. The good news is that it is a great engine that makes Rogue better than before.
So what is this new engine? The 2022 Rogue is equipped with a turbocharged variable compression 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine instead of the upcoming naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It has the same adjustable compression ratio system as the turbocharged four-cylinder engine introduced in the Infiniti QX50 and used in the Nissan Altima. In fact, it is basically the engine, but one cylinder is missing. It also received some detailed upgrades, such as roller bearing camshafts and textured valve lifters to reduce engine friction (the textured surface can hold more oil), and updated CVTs with lower and lower ratios, and Various friction improvements.
The result of all these changes is a more powerful and efficient SUV. The new model added 20 horsepower at 201 and 44 pound-feet of torque at 225-a profound upgrade that allowed Rogue to become one of the strongest products from one of the weaker products in its market segment. Fuel economy will also improve. The final figure has not yet been determined, but Nissan estimates that the total fuel consumption is 33 mpg, while the current model’s best fuel consumption is 30 mpg. This is a win-win situation.
The good news is that these improvements are obvious, not just on paper. One of the biggest surprises is that the engine actually sounds smoother than its derivative four-cylinder engine. Power transmission is also very smooth. The turbocharger starts quickly and provides you with low torque that is easy to use. Therefore, it will confidently pull from light to light and get a quiet experience at low speeds.
Like many other small turbocharged engines, the trade-off is that Rogue’s three-cylinder engine feels flat when accelerating. When entering the ramp, it takes off strongly, but after you pass the huge torque early on, it loses some steam towards the top. Ironically, the peak power is indeed close to the red line of 6,000 rpm. When the engine is pushed hard, it will buzz a bit, but it will not be rougher.
As for CVT, it’s still not particularly impressive, but it’s well done. It is programmed like a traditional automatic transmission, and the ratio changes very smoothly. However, it will not react quickly, for example when you ask to pass or hit an entrance ramp.
The rest of the 2022 Nissan Rogue remains the same, as it is still brand new last year. You can get more detailed information about the interior, driving and handling in our full Rogue review. But all in all, Rogue has a greatly improved interior, which is very upscale in terms of higher decoration. It is smaller on the outside but larger on the inside, and has very comfortable seats. It’s not particularly fun to drive, but it’s a huge dynamic improvement compared to the frustrating predecessor, and it’s comfortable enough to cruise.
Another benefit of 2022 Rogue is that the price has hardly increased compared to last year. The basic price of the Rogue S with front-wheel drive is US$27,875, an increase of US$650. Add all-wheel drive and the base price is $29,375. This is $750 more than the outgoing one.
Therefore, after greatly improving Nissan Rogue through a redesign last year, Nissan has made it better for the second year in the market. We are not quite ready to call it the leader of the market segment, but its powerful engine, impressive fuel economy and stylish cabin are definitely worthy of your consideration.