When final numbers are in, look for the 2017 Nissan Rogue to be the company’s top-selling vehicle this year. And if you need proof, just take a look around. Rogues are scooting around all over in south Louisiana.
It’s not surprising that the Rogue is flying out of Nissan showrooms. It’s a compact front-drive SUV with an optional third row and available AWD. It’s a well-mannered SUV that promises excellent fuel economy, a comfortable ride and stylish good looks.
The Rogue is powered by a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that delivers 170 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is rated at 26 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for front-drive vehicles, and one mpg less for AWD. For 2017, Nissan is offering a hybrid version that promises 35 highway and 33 city miles per gallon. The transmission is an electronic CVT with selectable sport and eco modes.
The 2017 Rogue comes in three models – S, SV and SL.
The Rogue, with seating for up to seven, has new exterior styling, including a new front fascia with integrated fog lamps, bumper, V-Motion grille and revised headlights with daytime LED running lights.
On the inside, the Rogue gets a more premium look and feel with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, a leather booted shifter, memory seats and remote engine start. During the test week, I took a road trip to Austin, and Nissan’s “zero gravity” seats proved comfortable on the half-day drive.
Standard interior features include SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a 5.0-inch center meter color display, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary audio input jack, a USB port, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System and streaming audio, a rearview monitor and Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant.
The SV trim adds an intelligent key with pushbutton start, roof rails, automatic headlights, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, heated mirrors, heated seats, dual-zone air and remote start.
The SL models get leather seats, Bose audio with nine speakers, NissanConnect with navigation and a 7-inch touchscreen. Also standard on SL trims is Siri Eyes Free, a power liftgate, Nissan’s terrific Around-View Monitor, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, fog lights and high beam assist headlights.
The hybrid Rogue combines a 141 horsepower, 2.0-liter engine with a 40-horsepower electric motor for a combined 176 horsepower.
On the road, the Rogue gets the job done, but is not overpowered. CVT transmissions have never thrilled me because they have a tendency to get whiny under acceleration. Nissan, however, does as good a job as any manufacturer with CVTs. The hybrid model, because of its electrical motor boost, is sharper out of the gate.
The Rogue has 41.6-inches of headroom in front and 38.5 inches in row two. If you opt for the third row, headroom is limited to 34.6 inches, making it more suitable for kids than adults. Legroom in row two is 37.9 inches. The second row, split 40/20/40 tilts and slides fore and aft.
Cargo space in the Rogue is 61.4 cubic feet with the second row folded down and 27.3 cubic feet with the second row in position.
On the road, the Rogue handles superbly, with tight steering and good braking. Hard corners result in almost no body roll. The cabin is pleasingly quiet and with limited road noises filtering inside.
There are plenty of good reasons that buyers are taking a hard look at Nissan’s 2017 Rogue: good fuel economy, nice styling, a comfortable interior with quality materials and a pleasant driving experience. If you’re in the market for a compact SUV, you should take the Rogue for a spin.
2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD
$31,310 ($35,550 with options & freight)
EPA mileage estimates:
25 mpg city/32 mpg highway/27 mpg combined
Estimated highway range: