2017 Nissan Rogue
Small cars and crossover SUVs seem to be all the craze lately. Which means for the compact crossover segment, vehicles like the 2017 Nissan Rogue need to be on their A-game. The Rogue, in particular, is worth its salt in this segment. With the primary praise due to its above-average passenger comfort and cargo volume. Thanks to the construction of the vehicle, the ride quality is also comfortable over varying terrain. Performance is perfectly average, and returns an exceptional amount of fuel economy compared to larger, midsize crossover SUVs. Impressive, considering above-average cargo space and fuel-efficiency rarely go hand-in-hand. Finally, Nissan is good about providing all their models with standard and optional safety features. Just because the Rogue is a small vehicle, doesn’t mean you should have to settle for less when it comes to safety.
Overall, the Rogue is a good vehicle if you’re looking for an inexpensive and simple choice in the compact crossover segment.
70.0 cu. ft.
When it comes to safety, the 2017 Rogue’s got your covered. Whether standard or optional, there are plenty of safety features to make you, friends, and family feel safe and secure on the road.
Standard Features – S Trim
Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags and seat belt and occupant-classification sensors ensure that the proper airbags you and your passengers need activate during a collision. Those airbags include driver/front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags, and roof-mounted curtain airbags w/ rollover sensor for outboard occupant head protection (all rows).
Vehicle Dynamic Control with a Traction Control System is also standard, as well as LATCH, knee bolsters, energy-absorbing steering column, front/rear crumple zones, front seat belt pretensioner/load limiters, and plenty of other common safety features are found on the S, SV, and SL trim.
Upgrading to the SV trim gets you all that, along with Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
On the SL trim, you’ll find all the previously mentioned safety features from the S trim and SL trim, along with Moving Object Detection.
Optional features mostly concern driver assist technology, and are only available on the SL trim. Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention, Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking, and Pedestrian Detection are all available.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue is a FWD (front-wheel drive) vehicle standard, with AWD (all-wheel drive) an optional choice. Eco/Sport mode are available, and it only has one engine option for gas-powered models, whereas the SV and SL Hybrid models get a 2m0-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine and electric motor. Producing 176 net (gas/electric) horsepower, 144 lb. ft. of torque, and with a lithium-ion battery sitting at the core, charging the electric motor with 30 kW of power.
So, if you’re looking for a hybrid option, it’s there. But, let’s take a look at the performance of the gas-powered model.
The solitary gas-powered choice is a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower/175 lb.-ft. of torque. Combine that with its small size, and you can expect to a zippy and fun ride — even if it’s a little below-average in terms of acceleration for the class. This engine is paired to an Xtronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) with a sport mode shifter.
The difference in fuel economy is negligible when comparing the FWD and AWD models, which is refreshing. FWD models get up to 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway, and AWD models get 25 mpg city/32 mpg highway. On FWD Hybrid models, you can expect returns of up to 33 mpg city/35 mpg highway. AWD Hybrid models come in at 31 mpg city/34 mpg highway.
For what it’s worth, the Rogue can tow 1,000 pounds when properly equipped. Providing it with a smidgen of extra utility if you need it.
While the noteworthy points of the Rogue’s interior are the passenger comfort and above-average cargo space, it’s important to be familiar with the overall layout of the interior design.
Starting with materials, which range from cloth to leather seats, depending on trim level. The materials for the cabin itself are of high-quality, and are assembled to provide a structurally sound ride on the inside. The above-average ride-quality is indicative of this fact. A lot of plastic can be found in the cabin’s construction, which is typically a problem. But, it doesn’t feel like the cheap, hard plastic that ends up plaguing a lot of other vehicles. Instead, the plastic is actually soft to the touch, giving the cabin a more comfortable feel when interacting with it, along with lending it a more welcoming look, too. On higher trims, some of the plastic on the door panels, dashboard, and center stack (around the shifter) are replaced with leather that matches the same material found on the seats.
Even the buttons and knobs are considered by many to be above average quality – typically, a good indicator that the automaker genuinely put time and effort into making the cabin as welcoming as possible.
Ergonomically, the cabin of the Rogue is in good shape as well. Everything is in easy-to reach places, and despite how small it is, the controls are spaced out enough so you don’t feel like you’re going to hit two or three buttons at once.
When it comes to passenger comfort, the Nissan Rogue is exceeding the usual expectations for a vehicle in this class. It all starts with the roominess of the cabin. After all, a vehicle could have the nicest seats in the class, but feel horrendously uncomfortable if it lacks adequate space for passengers in the front or back.
Thankfully, the Rogue is able to provide great seat comfort and space for both front and back passengers. The rear seats are able to offer nine-inches of fore/aft seating adjustment, giving both rows a good sense of space for sitting, as well as getting in and out of the back seat. Aiding in this endeavor, the front and rear doors both open wide in order to provide a large entryway.
Front seats are multi-adjustable, complemented by a tilt-and-telescope steering column (which is power adjustable on upper trims), making it very easy for the driver to find a comfortable seating position. The front driver and passenger seating is so comfortable that the Rogue is actually labeled as having best-in-class front seat comfort.
Seating accommodates five passengers standard, and seven passengers when the family package is added on.
Cargo space is up there with other class-leaders, and the Rogue gets 39.3 cu. ft. of cargo volume with the second-row upright, and 70.0 cu. ft. with the second row folded down. If the extra seating for the family package is added on, that number changes to 9.4 cu. ft. with both seats upright. Showing that even though the Rogue has exceptional storage space (better than most rivals) with second-row seats upright and all seats folded down, the extra two seats with the family package aren’t worth taking if a good mix of passenger comfort and cargo volume is your goal. If you absolutely require seating for seven, perhaps you should check out the Nissan Pathfinder.
Explore the 2017 Rogue at Rolling Hills Nissan
The only way to fully appreciate everything that the 2017 Nissan Rogue has to offer is to take it for a test drive. Rolling Hills Nissan has various new 2017 Rogue sedans in stock, waiting for you to take on a test drive. Come down to Rolling Hills Nissan and discover what you have been missing, by taking this sporty sedan for a test drive, today.