2017 Rogue New Car Test Drive
The Nissan Rogue is a front-wheel-drive crossover SUV, medium-sized between the compact Juke and midsize Pathfinder. Rogue competes against long-time winners like the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5.
We find Rogue comfortable and versatile, with an optional third row of seating and available all-wheel drive, but powertrain and handling are unexciting compared with competitive models.
Rogue was introduced for 2014. The 2017 Nissan Rogue gets a very light update, with a tweaked grille, LED lighting, and upgraded interior trim.
The Rogue comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission, making 170 horsepower with 175 foot-pounds of torque, delivering mediocre acceleration.
A hybrid version mates a 2.0-liter four-cylinder to a 30-kilowatt electric motor and lithium-ion batteries for 176 horsepower. It feels the same as the regular Rogue, only 200 pounds heavier, but it gets significantly better fuel economy. It competes against the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
EPA mileage for the front-wheel-drive Rogue is 26 miles per gallon City, 33 Highway and 29 Combined, and two less mpg with all-wheel drive. The Hybrid gets 33/35/34 mpg with front-wheel drive and 31/34/33 with all-wheel drive.
Rogue has earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, with mostly top Good scores, an Acceptable headlight rating, and Superior front crash prevention. The NHTSA gives it four stars.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue S ($23,820), Rogue SV ($25,240), and Rogue SL ($29,960) come with the 2.5-liter engine. Rogue SV Hybrid ($26,240) and Rogue SL Hybrid ($31,160) feature the hybrid gas-electric powertrain. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Standard Rogue S equipment includes climate control; Bluetooth with audio streaming; rearview camera; 17-inch wheels and all-season tires; tire pressure monitor; and an AM/FM/XM/CD audio with a USB port and four speakers. Options include blind-spot monitors, a lane-departure warning system, and a forward-collision warning system with emergency automatic braking for the SL Premium.
Rogue SV adds satellite radio; alloy wheels; automatic headlights; a power driver's seat; keyless ignition, and NissanConnect, which enables the use of smartphone apps like Pandora. A Premium Package for the SV comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen; voice-activated navigation; real-time traffic and weather data; a surround-view camera system; a power liftgate; heated cloth seats; blind-spot monitors; and a lane-departure warning system.
Rogue SL gets leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bose audio, NissanConnect, Siri Eyes Free, navigation, power tailgate, surround-view camera, 18-inch wheels. A Premium Package for the SL adds a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Options include third-row seating, run-flat tires, a panoramic sunroof, those advanced-safety features, and LED headlamps to go with the standard LED running lights and taillamps.