In October the Nissan Rogue officially jumped over the Altima as the company’s best-selling vehicle so far this year. The Rogue’s victory rests in its captivating styling in a sea of bland-looking crossovers and a magnitude advantage over most opponents. Perhaps more momentous is that the Rogue is vying with the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 for top sales honors in its part.
For 2017, Nissan increased a hybrid version and gave the Rogue all-brand-new in 2014—rested styling and indoor decisions. The two-row version we experimented arrived at $35,290, toward the high extremity of the Rogue arrangement, due to its premium features. The front-wheel-drive Rogue S starts at $24,760, and increasing all-wheel drive bearings on $1350. Striding up past the midrange SV to our experiment vehicle’s SL apart stage adds $6140. Our example also had three option collections Premium, Platinum, and Platinum Reserve, dressing it with a full arrangement of safety technology (adaptive cruise regulate, lane-departure informing and prevention, automated emergency braking, pedestrain detection), 19-inch aluminum wheels, a wide roof, and a leather-lined indoor, increasing the bottom formation another $3040. It’s viable to disburse more on a Rogue, but not much more—Nissan expressed the hybrid would be on selling by the extremity of 2016, but the brand has yet to publicize determining. We expect it to rectangle up against the Toyota RAV4 hybrid, in the $29,000 to $35,000 extent. The 2017 nonhybrid Rogue modify was mostly apparent but brings a more upmarket air.
Its face was restructured to reinforce the V-Motion design message, the head- and taillamps were reworked and more chromium pronunciations were increased. The rear liftgate now offers motion-activated opening, and 19-inch wheels be on the options database. In the space, a flat-bottomed and optionally heated driving wheel was chosen , the translation projection was designed with a leather footwear, the area pile was designed and a few of the dashboard and door pronunciations have brand-new finishes. Nissan also acted advantage of a made-to-be possibility by opening the brand-new version in simultaneity with the future Rogue One, a Star Wars Story film with a Rogue, Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition collection ($1990). Featured in a commercialized alongside AT-ACTs and TIE fighters, the limited edition atop the SV apart trim adds black trim, Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance logos and Star Wars marked sills.
Sales victory and high-profile co-branding aside, it sits along with best prevailing Honda CR-V, the Mazda CX-5 and the Ford Escape. The Rogue is narrowly surpassing the also-rested-for-2017 Ford, but it isn’t the behind-the-wheel experience that substances its sales flow, it assets much of its weaponry with the Sentra and, like that vehicle.
The regular 2.5-liter four-cylinder remains the same as before and was the motor in this experiment vehicle. It generates 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, less energy than the base motors in AWD models of the RAV4 (176 hp), the Escape (179 hp), the Kia Sportage (181 hp), the CX-5 (184 hp), and the CR-V (184 hp). Whereas many opponents offer even more mighty motor options, the Rogue has only the one powerplant, united with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
The Rogue AWD turned in a zero-to-60-mph moment of 9.1 seconds—0.2 sedate than the 2014 version, although it ran the quarter-mile in a same 17.0 seconds. The brand-new CR-V’s turbocharged 1.5-liter/CVT collection carries it to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, and most others in the collection can beat 8.0 seconds; even the sedate ones outdistance the Rogue. In our 50-to-70-mph top-gear acceleration experiment, reproducing a passing operation or freeway integrate, the Rogue acted an interminably long 6.1 seconds to do what most opponents supervise in about 5.0 seconds.
Rogue customers who work tiny about the performance insufficiency may be pulled by the fuel-economy descriptions. It’s EPA-rated at 25 mpg in the municipality and 32 mpg on the freeway, acceptable than the AWD Escape’s 22/28, the Sportage’s 21/25, and the CR-V’s 25/31 mpg municipality/freeway appraisals. In our experimenting, the Rogue returned only 21 mpg, well behind its 27-mpg EPA combined evaluating. Our chauffeurs often entangled induced to floor the pedal in the Rogue in command to keep up with traffic, deviating its ratio at dependable accelerates. The Rogue’s drive is calm and makes for relaxed, cozy cruising.
For 2017, Nissan increased more sound-absorbing substances in the floor and the body principles and thickened the rear door crystal to apart down on sound entrance, and it shows. Its soft mixture, though, leaves the Rogue lost in no-man’s land. It blunders going around average turns, it never seems to feel cropped even in a continuous formation, and the electric energy driving offers borderline feedback. Under rigid stopping, the vehicle does a broad chemoreceptor plunge, and our try-outs showed that stopping from 70 mph acted 178 feet, five more than the Sportage.
One agonistic advantage for the Rogue is that it offers a third-row option (in S and SV stages), an uncommon preference in this part. Just make convinced the people climbing back there aren’t fully grown yet. Part of the Rogue’s advantage in space measure comes from its 184.5-inch general length, versus, for example, the CR-V’s 180.6 inches. With the rooms up, the Nissan’s merchandise space is good, and once they’re folded down, there’s 70 blockish feet. specifying the five-seat version brings the advantage of Nissan’s “Divide-N-Hide” merchandise system that provides aggregate designs, such as an elevated or moved rear floor, a support, or hidden spaces. The SL as supplied with the Platinum Reserve indoor collection offers a lukewarm and accepting air. The elaborating on the seat dampers and debased supports looks upmarket, even at the danger of looking like one of those poofy down coats. The dark camel leather extends to the door rests, the area console and armrest, and above the glove space supplying a two-tone scheme. The additional handicraft designs on the traveler elegance and the console cover circular out a wonderfully specified situation, and the rooms are every bit as cozy as they look.
Other Rogue SL features make the chauffeur’s being uncomplicated. Heated rooms (no improvement), a 7.0-inch information and entertainment surface, a digital message display between the tachometer and the speedo, and a heated steering wheel are among the supports. Accessible adaptive cruise regulate, 360-degree-view cameras, and remote start also up the crossover’s game. But unlike its relative, the Murano, the Rogue is not meeting to the connected manner. It has only one USB port, and the rear doesn’t have regulates or ports of any category. The NissanConnect movie system is in need of some perfection—or maybe more contemporary weaponry. The surfaces look low-res, and touching the touchscreen aggregate times too quickly frequently triggers a modifying pop-up. When you’re on the move, a system delaying to accumulate its humors is unsatisfactory. Big buttons surround the surface for rights to phone, audio, navigation and message functions, but the system lacks an important residence button, the menus aren’t well made , and, at night-time we find it difficult operating those functions on small menu. There’s also no option for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto just yet. For anyone curious in driving feeling, this is not the crossover you’re looking for.