2017 Rogue New Car Test Drive
The styling is conservative and benign. The shape is handsome and proportions good. No wild sculpting like the Nissan Juke. Enlarge it and it could pass for a Chevy Traverse or Honda Pilot.
The 2017 Rogue revision includes a V-neck grille with LED running lamps in front and LED taillamps in back.
The interior is handsomely finished with high-quality materials, low-gloss plastics and metallic trim. It's simply laid out with round knobs and a centerstack with LCD monitor. There's a cowl over the gauges and slim vents in the center.
New for the 2017 Rogue are more sound dampening material, reshaped steering wheel, dash and door trim, and quilted leather seats for the Platinum Reserve package.
Like the Altima sedan, there are very comfortable front seats with dense foam and great shaping. Manual adjustment standard, power in SV and SL. The optional heating warms up in the more sensitive areas first. The driving position is good, although the non-adjustable steering wheel has a bit of a bus-like rake. We really like that the passenger seat folds down to enable the loading of long things like a kayak or ladder.
The second row slides on a nine-inch track to expand the legroom, it reclines for long-distance comfort, and tucks behind the front seats for cargo.
The Rogue is the smallest crossover we can think of, along with the RAV4, that offers a third-row seat, made possible by that sliding second row. The cushions sit low and headroom is tight, so only small children will reasonably fit, but at least it can work in an emergency. It's not available on the SL or Hybrid.
Without that third row, there are standard panels that allow you to create stowage boxes and bins in the back, to suit your needs. They're great for things like tools, coolers, or muddy boots.
The specs on cargo space are a slim 9.4 cubic feet behind the third row, 32 cubic feet behind the second row, and a sizeable 70 cubic feet behind the front row.
The rearward visibility is obstructed a bit by the pillars, so we like the surround-view camera that's optional (in a package) on the SV and standard on the SL. It presents a composite 360-degree view from four cameras and provides great security when parking not only in reverse, but in tight side and even forward spaces.