2017 Nissan Rogue

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2017 Nissan Rogue
2017 Nissan Rogue

Key specs

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The good:

  • Ride quality
  • High-quality cabin materials
  • Versatile second-row seats
  • Useful cargo organizer
  • Among the few small SUVs with available third row
  • Available 360-degree camera system

The bad:

  • Front-seat comfort
  • Modest acceleration
  • Unremarkable in-cabin storage
  • Some premium features unavailable
  • Mediocre multimedia options
  • No Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

3 trims

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  • S


  • SV


  • SL


Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2017 Nissan Rogue trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Newly available hybrid
  • Front styling updated
  • Forward emergency braking available
  • Seats up to seven with available third row
  • Four-cylinder engine and continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Two-row model has standard cargo organizer

2017 Nissan Rogue review: Our expert's take

By Kelsey Mays

The verdict: Nissan's slew of updates for the 2017 Rogue are more style than substance, but the compact SUV's fundamental strengths — practicality and drivability — remain.

Versus the competiton: The Rogue is Cars.com's reigning choice for small families, and even as the current generation enters its fourth model year, it's still a must-drive choice for shoppers in this competitive class.

Major changes to the 2017 Nissan Rogue include revised styling, some interior updates and more noise insulation. Compare the 2017 and 2016 Rogue here. The SUV comes in S, SV and SL trim levels, all with front- or all-wheel drive (compare the trim levels here). We cover the Rogue Hybrid, which is new for 2017, on a separate page.

Exterior and Styling

Slapped with the same V-Motion grille that adorns just about every Nissan these days, the Rogue’s mass of chrome bars, bumper lines, piano-black framework and LED headlight accents look busier than a double oven on Thanksgiving morning. I much prefer last year’s simpler face. Less has changed in back, where the Rogue’s taillights still imitate a mid-2000s Lexus RX. It’s fine.


How It Drives

Like most of its peers, the 2.5 liter, four-cylinder Rogue has adequate power. The standard continuously variable automatic transmission has some telltale nonlinearity, though: Step on the gas and the engine takes a while to rev up, which is typical of a CVT. But press the gas harder and it mimics a conventional automatic transmission with upshifting and downshifting sensations — contrivances to make it seem less like a CVT, of course, but convincingly executed nonetheless.

Nissan does not offer a punchier engine option as some competitors do. Likewise, its 1,000-pound trailer capacity is also a nonstarter if you plan to tow much. If you want more hustle, compact SUVs from Ford, GM, Hyundai-Kia, Subaru and Volkswagen all have V-6 or turbo four-cylinder choices, and some of them tow considerably more. A few (particularly the Ford Escape) also out-handle the Rogue, which has unremarkable dynamics and low-effort but vague steering.

There’s payoff in comfort, at least. Our SL test car’s P225/55R19 tires had taller sidewalls than you typically get with 19-inch wheels, which automakers often pair with low-profile tires that have all the bump absorption of a wagon axle. On the Rogue, sensible tires and a comfort-oriented suspension dispatch potholes as well as you can expect in a small SUV. Highway isolation is good, too, with little road and wind noise to boot.



Gussied up for 2017 with a new steering wheel and some nicer cabin trim, the new Nissan Rogue boasts decent interior quality for its class. Materials are lush where it counts, with generous soft-touch surfaces in all the areas your arms and elbows land, attractive double-stitched dashboard trim, piano-black accents and even some knee padding along the center console in upper trim levels. I’m less enthralled with the SL’s optional quilted leather seats, which lack much thigh support and, in many areas, don’t even feel like real leather. The optional power driver’s seat lacks a bottom cushion angle adjustment, and the Rogue still doesn’t offer a power passenger seat — a feature increasingly available among its rivals.

All versions get a Swiss army knife of a backseat, which folds in a 40/20/40 split plus reclines and slides forward and back — a rare feature in the segment that’s useful if you want to add some cargo space or pull a child in a car seat closer. Taller passengers will appreciate that the bench both sits high off the floor and leaves decent headroom. A two-seat third row is optional, but we haven’t tested it. So is a foot-activated power liftgate and a panoramic moonroof.

Cargo and Storage

In models without the third row, the Nissan Rogue’s Divide-N-Hide storage system provides a nifty way to organize the 32 cubic feet of cargo space behind the backseat. With two partitions and 18 adjustable configurations, it enables you to maximize cargo height, keep a flat load floor, set up a shelf to stack cargo on two tiers or even create a standing box that hides items from sight. Fold the seats down and the Rogue has a competitive 70 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. Models with the third row have a slim 9.4 cubic feet behind it.


Ergonomics and Electronics

A 5-inch multimedia display with a backup camera, satellite radio, and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming is standard, but the multimedia options beyond that are generally disappointing. The optional 7-inch screen seems a tad small where competitors are pushing units 8 inches or larger. The display graphics are run-of-the-mill and the available navigation system lacks pinch-to-zoom map functionality — something several competitors offer. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, readily available among Rogue rivals, are missing. And there’s just one USB port. If your passengers need to charge their devices, you’ll have to hunt down a 12-volt adapter.

A couple of pluses: The Rogue still offers Nissan’s Around View Monitor, a helpful 360-degree camera system that’s rare in the segment. And either multimedia screen has plenty of physical buttons and knobs — something fast disappearing among cars of all stripes in the name of multimedia “advancements.” (Take a wild guess how I feel about them.)


The Nissan Rogue earned top scores in crashworthiness tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, including excellent scores in IIHS’ evaluation of its optional forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. That system accompanies the Rogue’s optional adaptive cruise control. Also optional are blind spot, and lane departure warning and prevention systems, the latter of which can nudge you back into your lane if you stray.

Value in Its Class

The front-drive Nissan Rogue base price starts around $25,000 including destination. All-wheel drive runs an affordable $1,350 on any trim, and a Rogue SL thus equipped tops out in the mid-$30,000s. That’s a typical range for the class — a crowded class, I might add. Nearly every non-luxury automaker has a direct competitor to the Rogue, and some have two or three. Still, the Rogue’s ubiquity is deserved. Nissan’s compact SUV checks a lot of boxes for small families, with above-average reliability to boot. If you’re shopping for a small SUV, it’s a worthy contender.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


More for your money.

There's alotof features for the money. It's well worth it. We LOVEit!!! We would definately reccommend this car to anyone. Very nice looking carb by fat.


Really nice car

I bought this car new as I had purchased an older model used and was highly pleased with it. Based on my comments about this car, my son and ex-wife each bought Nissan Rogues. We just finished a thousand mile vacation drive in it and it gave a comfortable drive and good gas mileage during our drive. In the city, the Rogue requires a small space if you have to make a u-turn and a quiet ride when you are in the middle of traffic. I believe I got a great car, with many standard features, for my hard earned dollar.


Nice car

Very nice car. I love it. They did a good job at the dealership. I hope they keep up the great work, and keep making the customers’ satisfaction at the highest level.

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Maximum age/mileage
6 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)
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