2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport; Cars.com photos by Christian Lantry

The next competitor in our 2018 Subcompact SUV Challenge is this 2018.5 — yes, you read that correctly — Nissan Rogue Sport SV. Nissan has, on multiple occasions, updated versions of its vehicles mid-model year and uses the .5 in the model year to differentiate between updated and non-updated vehicles. In the case of the 2018.5 Rogue Sport versus a 2018 Rogue Sport, the 2018.5 comes with more standard safety features at an additional cost of only $470.

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This Rogue Sport came dressed in Brilliant Silver with 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 141 horsepower and 147 pounds-feet of torque. Like the 2018 Ford EcoSport, the Rogue Sport did not come equipped with all-wheel drive, instead using only front-wheel drive. Once again, it’s worth pointing out that all-wheel drive was not required of our test vehicles; we only stipulated that all-wheel drive must be available for a consumer to purchase.

New and innovative interior features are harder to come by on the Rogue Sport. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were nowhere to be found, but at least the Rogue Sport offers Bluetooth and USB connection options. The All-Weather Package that came equipped on our tester added heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, intelligent high beams and automatic climate control for an additional $920. All told, our tester was priced at $25,910, including destination fee.

Stay tuned to Cars.com for more previews of the competitors and be sure to check back Monday for the full results of our 2018 Subcompact SUV Challenge.

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