When I test drive vehicles I look for many things that touch on comfort and technology. A car should drive and handle well but – nowadays – also feature tech bells-and-whistles to impress me. Sometimes these high-end features come in upgrade packages yet more often we are seeing them placed as standard products throughout the entire line.
Nissan has long touted its tech features that are much more than Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio. The manufacturer’s Safety Shield 360 is a suite of six advanced active safety and driver-assist technologies. This package is offered as standard equipment on several models of its 2019 Rogue.
Years ago features like Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, and Lane Departure Warning didn’t exist. Along with Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and High Beam Assist, these technological wonders make up Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 that come with the SV and SL Rogue grade levels.
I can’t imagine backing up a vehicle today without Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Using radar the car can sense movement behind and to the sides of the vehicle when placed in reverse. I’m now trained to listen for the beep should an errant grocery shopping cart, pedestrian or approaching car is nearby.
The Rogue was Nissan’s top-selling nameplate in 2017 and 2018. I spent a week in the 2019 model and can predict similar success for sales. It is roomy with wide opening rear doors for easy entry and exit. The company did a nice design job keeping the overall size compact but not too small.
Running my typical errands like grocery shopping and gym hopping was easy to manage as I used the motion-activated lift gate which my kids thought was magic.
Some of the enhancements to the 2019 Rogue include the new S grade special edition package featuring 17” aluminum-alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and chrome exterior and interior door handles and roof rails. A premium package on the SV grade adds 18” wheels and Nissan’s unique ProPilot Assist.
Ah yes, the ProPilot Assist. The manufacturer is proud of this feature if you haven’t noticed the TV commercials.
It’s a hands-on driving assistant designed to help drivers in various situations. It uses a front radar sensor and a front-facing camera to maintain a gap with the car in front of you. A preset distance helps keep the vehicle centered during single lane driving.
And it really works.
I have tested this feature in several Nissan vehicles for the past few years and it did what it was supposed to do.
The mileage is listed at 26 city/33 highway and comes with a 2.5L I-4. I found the pedal-to-metal push to lack some oomph yet the 170 hp produced a smooth ride once up to speed.
The S starts just under $25,000 with the loaded SL version priced about $6,500 more.
This five-seat, 40 cubic feet of tailgate CUV will fill the bill for several lifestyle and demos, especially young families who want to travel with ease. Adventure will come too and the 2019 Nissan Rogue is also ready for that.