2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
2017 sees the newest addition to the Nissan family – the Rogue Sport – joining its popular lineup, and while the subcompact crossover may share a similar name to its big-brother compact SUV Rogue, monikers aside, there are few similarities between the two models. If you’re familiar with the extremely popular Rogue, you’ll still want to take the time to acquaint yourself with the Rogue Sport. Smaller than the Rogue, but larger than the Juke, the Rogue Sport fills a gap in the Nissan family and offers shoppers a great new option to consider when shopping for a subcompact SUV.
The Rogue Sport enters an ever growing class of cars that offers stiff competition in terms of performance, amenities, and pricing. While the Rogue Sport certainly can hold its own against other models, it may take a year or two for Nissan to make the Rogue Sport a top choice of subcompact crossover shoppers. However, it’s reasonably priced and offers a comfortable ride, so consumers should definitely not overlook the all new 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport.
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The five-seater 2017 Nissan Rogue is available in three trim levels: the S, SV, and SL. Starting at $21,420, the base model S comes standard with a five-inch audio display, hands-free text messaging, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, satellite radio, cloth seating, manually-adjustable front seats and a four-speaker sound system. If alloy wheels are important to you, you can include them as an option for $570.
While the S certainly offers some nice creature comforts, the SV features extra amenities that may make the $23,020 price tag worth it. The SV adds a push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a proximity key, and Nissan’s Divide-N-Hide cargo system, which is an awesome feature that not only conceals valuable cargo but also increases your overall cargo space.
At this point, you may want to start considering your package options. Luckily, Nissan is generous with its available options and aside from the alloy wheel option, you can also get a WiFi hot spot for $450, two USB charging ports for $80, an All-Weather package for $920 or a Premium package for $1,500. The All-Weather package includes remote start, fog lights, heated outside mirrors, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped shift knob to match the leather-wrapped steering wheel. If you live in a cold climate, we think that for just under a grand, you’ll be happy to splash out on the All-Weather package.
The Premium package loads up your Rogue Sport with a seven-inch touch-screen infotainment system, voice command activation, navigation, a 360-degree camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and NissanConnect services. Although it’s pricey at $1,500, if we were sharing our Rogue Sport with a teen driver, we’d probably go ahead and get the Premium package loaded into it.
Of course, the Rogue Sport also comes in a top-of-the-line trim – the SL. The SL combines some of the best features of the packages into one well-equipped model. In the SL, you’ll get heated front seats, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, heated mirrors, fog lights, NissanConnect, a seven-inch touchscreen system, navigation, remote start, a 360-degree camera, and voice command activation. With a starting MSRP of $26,070, your best bet may be to go for the top trim, depending on which features from which packages are most vital to you.
The Rogue Sport SL also offers trim-specific packages that are certainly worth considering. The Platinum package ($570) is a solid safety purchase with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and forward collision warning as part of the bundle. If you’re really willing to go all out, spring for the Premium package ($2,280). The Premium package outfits the Rogue Sport SL with a moonroof, LED headlights, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, automatic high beams, and rear cross traffic alert.
Obviously, there is a lot of overlap between the trim types and the packages. We suggest that if you’re considering the Rogue Sport, take the time to figure out which features are more important to you – you may find that you either don’t need to add a package, or that just one package will suffice.
While it’s obviously important to have nice features and amenities in any car, don’t forget to consider your cargo requirements. With 22.9 cubic feet of cargo room behind its rear seats, the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport offers generous trunk space (and that’s before you add in the Divide-N-Hide cargo system). Collapse the second row seats and the cargo space expands to 61.1 cubic feet, which is better than many of its competitors.
If you’re looking for a subcompact that offers a nice trim selection, a variety of optional packages and plenty of room for all your stuff, the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport should certainly be on your shortlist of subcompact SUVs.
Despite its name, the Rogue Sport is in no way a powerful or performance-based vehicle. In fact, critics of the crossover deem it to be rather slow and sluggish. Equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the Rogue Sport only gets to 141 horsepower with 147 pounds-feet of torque. It’s a slow car, which belies its sporty name and shape, but it handles like a small car, which makes it a great option for those who need to navigate tight spaces or crowded parking lots.
Not particularly nimble, zippy or necessarily all that fun to drive, the Rogue Sport also can’t boast about superior (or even above average) fuel economy. The Rogue Sport gets an EPA estimated 25 miles to the gallon in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Acceptable numbers for sure, but certainly just average for its class. For the 2017 model year, the Rogue Sport is making the case for being a good car to cruise around town in, do the school pick up and the grocery shopping in, but it needs to up its performance game to remain competitive with stronger subcompacts, such as the Mazda CX-3 or the Honda HR-V. As a matter of fact, the Nissan Rogue Sport needs to remain competitive within its own family – it could easily be cannibalized by the Nissan Rogue, which is one of the most fuel efficient compact SUVs on the market.
Should you take the Rogue Sport off your shortlist of subcompact SUVs because of its performance though? Probably not. While the performance may lag behind some other models in its class, the Rogue Sport is still a great car for those who don’t feel the need for speed.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport has yet to be evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which could be a tough hurdle for prospective buyers to get over. However, according to Car and Driver, the Nissan Rogue Sport is actually known in Europe as the Qashqai and it is Nissan’s best-selling model. In 2014, the Euro NCAP gave the Nissan Qashqai a five star safety rating, so it’s reasonable to assume that the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport will perform reasonably well when tested on American soil.