Competes with: Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4
Looks like: The Rogue got Nissan’s new grille
Drivetrain: 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder (Rogue) or 176-hp (combined), 2.0-liter four-cylinder with electric motor (Rogue Hybrid); continuously variable automatic transmission, front- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Late this year
CARS.COM — Nissan gave its popular Rogue SUV a slew of updates for 2017, including a new hybrid variant. Now in the fourth year of its second generation, the Rogue remains one of the few compact SUVs to offer a third-row seat, which increases seating capacity to seven. Nissan says the 2017 Rogue will hit dealerships in early November, while the Rogue Hybrid, which is two-row only, will go on sale by the end of the year.
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The current Rogue placed mid-pack in Cars.com’s $28,000 Compact SUV Challenge in 2015, but we didn’t include it in this year’s small-SUV comparison. The updated model should qualify for entry by our new Champions & Challengers methodology, so expect to see the 2017 model take on the field in due course.
When Nissan slapped its “V-motion” grille on the redesigned Maxima and Murano, then added it to slew of refreshed models — the Sentra, Altima and Pathfinder — it was only a matter of time before the Rogue got the same. It’s wider than the previous (and already V-shaped) unit and the grille overtakes more of the nose, with framework that extends farther down the bumper. The headlight bezels are now more clearly defined, while the arrow-shaped LED accents are more restrained. The fog lights sit in new, L-shaped insets.
Less has changed in back. The bumper has taller cladding and the taillights are a bit darker, but other elements are otherwise unchanged. The available power liftgate now works with motion activation.
The cabin gets a racier steering wheel and new, stitched accents on the passenger-side dashboard and around the gearshift. The shifter adds a leather boot, too. The available leather upholstery can optionally come with quilted inserts.
The second row folds in a 40/20/40-split fold. In models without the optional two-seat third row, Nissan offers a cargo-organizing system with 18 adjustable variations. The Rogue Hybrid lacks the cargo organizer or third row, and its backseat folds in a 60/40-split.
The center controls carry over. A 5-inch center display, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB port and backup camera are standard. Options include dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver’s seat, 7-inch touch-screen with navigation, a 360-degree camera system, keyless access with push-button start and Bose premium audio. New options for 2017 include a heated steering wheel and memory system for the driver’s seat. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are unavailable, however.
Under the Hood
The Rogue’s standard drivetrain remains a 170-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder that pairs with a CVT. The Rogue Hybrid combines a 2.0-liter gas engine with an electric motor, which draws power from a lithium-ion battery, for a total 176 hp. Both powertrains offer front- or all-wheel drive.
Nissan estimates the non-hybrid Rogue will earn combined EPA mileage in the high 20s, while the Rogue Hybrid will get 34 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and 33 mpg with all-wheel drive — the latter figure matches Toyota’s all-wheel-drive RAV4 Hybrid. As of this writing, EPA estimates for both drivetrains are still pending.
The Rogue now offers forward emergency braking with a pedestrian-detection function. Lane departure and blind spot warning systems are also available, as is adaptive cruise control.