2017 Nissan Rogue

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Nissan Rogue. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2017 Nissan Rogue

  • 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 Road Test

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 Competition:

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 Volkswa...

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.

Interior

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.)

Safety

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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Latest 2017 Rogue Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great gas mileage!

by MustangPaula from Sioux Falls on August 18, 2018

Really like the car. Good gas mileage. Comfortable seats. Easy to maneuver. Plenty of room for 5 passengers. Storage area is good. Can haul lots of big items. Read full review

(4.0)

First SUV I have owned

by jackie from NY on August 17, 2018

I have always had a sedan. I enjoy being able to see more of my surroundings. The engine performs well, except going up hills with air conditioning on. Had two glitches. The hatch didn't close and the ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Nissan Rogue currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Nissan Rogue S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Nissan

Program Benefits

24 Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance, Towing Assistance, Trip Interruption Benefits, 3-month free subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio on properly equipped vehicles, Complimentary CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ and 3-Year CARFAX® Buy Back Guarantee

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from original in-service date; $50 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 167 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Rogue received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

C

Infant seat

C

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B

Booster

(second row)

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker