2017 Nissan Rogue remains family-pleasing compact crossover

2017 Nissan Rogue (Aaron)

The Nissan Rogue is the best-selling compact crossover in the world and there’s a lot of good reason for that. Some of it is thanks to the Rogue’s all-around family-hauling excellence and small packaging. There are, however, some flaws with the Rogue that may be addressed through its competitors.

The manufacturer says

With an aggressive, redesigned exterior, the Nissan Rogue is a stunner. Stop and take a look. Sharp edges cut from the hood and headlights into sweeping, sinuous lines that flow backwards over aerodynamic wraparound LED taillights.

Specs:

  • Manufacturer: Nissan
  • Year, Model: 2017 Rogue
  • Class, Type: Compact CUV
  • Propulsion system: Gasoline
  • Base Price: $23,820
  • MSRP as tested: $29,960
  • Availability: Now

Overview

Some styling changes and a little more sound dampening for the ride are the major improvements for the Rogue in 2017. A new hybrid option becomes available as well, which we will review separately in the near future. The Rogue is otherwise largely the same as it was when we reviewed it in 2014.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue covers most of the bases for the compact crossover (CUV) segment with both a comfortable ride and handling as well as the added family-friendliness of its interior. The front seats are easily the most comfortable on the market and the second row benefits from similar seating at the outboard. Cargo capacity is good and the Rogue without the third row gains a great (and useful) rear cargo area organization system. Otherwise, the third row is useful for children when a couple of extra seats are called for, but shouldn’t be considered a permanent seating option for anyone.

The 2017 Rogue is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that runs through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It’s not as quick as many competitors and is often sluggish about speeding up, making passing and hill climbing a sometimes noisy affair. The Rogue isn’t so weak that it feels unsafe, however, just not as up to the task as some other top options like the Mazda CX-3 might feel.

Fuel economy in the 2017 Rogue is good at 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. In the real world, numbers are likely to be a bit lower than those for most drivers. We saw an average of 28 mpg overall in a highway-heavy mix of driving at high altitude.

What we like

Excellent comfort throughout the cabin at all times.

Versatile cargo or third-row options.

What we don't

Engine and transmission can feel weak.

Visibility can be compromised easily unless costly 360-degree cameras opted for.

Conclusions

For strengths, though, the 2017 Nissan Rogue has an excellent interior, a comfortable drive, and off-pavement chops that are a bit above the norm for this class. Fuel economy is iffy, but still better than many. Most buyers will be glad for their Rogue and will soon see why it’s a best-seller on today’s market.

Test Period Length and Limitations
The Rogue was a manufacturer’s press loan for about a week. During that time, a total of about 230 miles were put on the vehicle in varied conditions.

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