CARS.COM — The 2017.5 Nissan Rogue has a maximum 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the backseat and 70 cubic feet of cargo space with the backseat folded — but what does that really look like? Specifications like cargo volume can be misleading, so during Cars.com's 2017 Compact SUV Challenge, we placed a standard set of cargo items in each cargo area to visualize the differences among the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, 2017 Ford Escape, 2017 Honda CR-V, 2017 Jeep Compass, 2017 Mazda CX-5, 2017.5 Rogue and 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.
Cargo included a 23-inch adult bicycle and an adjustable cardboard box tested in two sizes: 37 inches long, 6 inches wide and 41 inches tall, which we fit behind the backseat, and an expanded 70-by-6-by-41 inches, which we fit with the backseat folded. And to top it off, a pair of golf bags. Though we laid the cardboard box flat for visualization of the cargo area, general practice for transporting a cardboard box like ours with a flat-screen TV inside is to keep the TV upright.
The Rogue's cargo area is versatile, with its sliding second row that varies cargo room behind the backseat from 32 to 39.3 cubic feet. We technically could fit the small cargo box behind the backseat, but only with the second row moved all the way forward, which eliminated any possibility of someone sitting back there. Only one cargo area in this test could accommodate that smaller box and have enough room for backseat passengers, though: the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.
The Rogue has a cargo management system that was one of our favorite features in the test. Unfortunately, it's bulky and encroaches on the maximum cargo width. While there's a bunch of room with the seats folded, there aren't backseat releases that fold the rear seats from the cargo area like some competitors, and the load floor isn't as flat as those of the Honda CR-V and Chevrolet Equinox.