2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Review
Written By: Anqoinette Crosby
Better than a box of chocolates or a bouquet of roses, my red 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid test car immediately garnered praise from my girlfriends when I picked them up for a Valentine’s Day shopping trip. In a sea of often bland, uninspiring compact SUV’s, the newly redesigned Rogue is a surprising standout, whether it’s quietly parked in a driveway or proudly gliding along the boulevard.
As a woman, I appreciate a good beauty makeover. The folks at Nissan must feel the same way. Like so many of us who go through our closets every few years replacing outdated fashions with trendy styles, the company’s design gurus have nicely updated the Rogue’s look for the 2017 model year. The hybrid is new as well.
Styling updates include three new colors, refreshed front and rear fascias, LED lighting touches, redesigned wheels and Nissan’s signature V-motion grille. Standard features include rear privacy glass, remote engine start, roof rails, underfloor cargo storage, a power driver’s seat and dual-zone climate control.
Luxurious upgrades include leather, a heated steering wheel (ideal for those cold days you forget to wear gloves), a motion-activated rear hatch, touchscreen infotainment with Bose audio and satellite radio, puddle lamps and a glass panoramic sunroof. A third-row seat is optional too.
Initially the “Rogue” nameplate struck me as weak tea, but after spending time with the handsome SUV I came to like it. Like me, most women are multi-taskers and we want our vehicles to readily adapt to our busy lifestyles. During the course of my time with the Nissan, I was pleased to learn the Rogue could seamlessly carry me from dawn to dark.
There’s plenty of space to toss a pair of mountain bikes in the back for a day of rugged adventure (with room to spare). Yet, the stylish SUV’s appearance is alluring enough to show well on a fun night out on the town. Getting in and out is easy, seating is comfortable all around, there’s lots of storage and I enjoyed the advantages of the elevated driving position.
To generate power for Rogue Hybrid, Nissan teams a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 176 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission feeds either the front wheels, or all four if you opt for all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is rated at 33 mpg in the city, 35 on the highway and 33 combined. Remarkably, with the hybrid, you get better fuel economy and six more horsepower than its gas powered siblings.
Still though, the Rogue Hybrid is geared more toward economy than performance. While the cabin is pleasantly quiet and the ride is silky smooth, acceleration tends to be a bit sluggish. If you’re looking for plenty of get up and go, especially when merging into freeway traffic or driving into the passing lane, that’s the one area in which the Rogue doesn’t quite deliver.
On the other hand, its plethora of safety features earns more than a passing grade. I especially dig the 360-degree camera system, which provides a clear view of objects and people all around the vehicle. Rogue’s other active safety features include blind spot warning, lane departure warning and forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
Our shopping spree complete, the pleasant SUV had won us over with its style, comfort and safety features. Driving, I especially appreciated the Rogue’s easy handling and reasonable size. Plus, arriving back at the Nissan SUV with our hands full of packages, our favorite feature of all, the motion activated rear tailgate, had my girlfriends and I agreeing there’s a lot to be said for going Rogue.
Pricing starts at $26,240 with front-wheel drive and $27,540 with all-wheel drive.