Seat Time: 2017 Nissan Rogue – Nissan’s New #1

October 14th, 2016 at 4:16pm

2017 Nissan Rogue

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Reviewer: Seamus McElroy
Vehicle: 2017 Nissan Rogue
Price: $24,760 (base)

Final Impression:

The Nissan Rogue has quickly become the most important vehicle in the company’s line-up. Just this month the crossover became its best selling vehicle in the U.S., passing the Altima, which has held that crown since 1995. It’s number three overall in its segment just behind the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV-4. And the company hopes to keep up and build on that success with the new 2017 model.

2017 Nissan Rogue SL

The styling has been updated and is more expressive than before. It features a new front fascia with its “V-Motion” grille that is similar to the Murano. It’s also got a new rear bumper, headlights and the inside also features some minor changes as well. The Rogue can seat up to seven people when equipped with the optional third row. And to improve access to the back, the second row features Nissan’s EZ Flex Seating System, which can slide, recline and fold the seats in different combinations.

The Rogue is offered with the same 2.5L four-cylinder gasoline engine that’s in the current model. Although the gear ratios in its CVT have been reworked. Fuel economy for the front-wheel drive version is rated at 26 MPG in the city, 33 on the highway, which comes out to a combined average of 29 MPGs. The AWD version gets 1 MPG less in each category. Overall this is a nice set-up but it’s not overly powerful and it can be a bit buzzy when you put your foot into the accelerator. But new for 2017 is a hybrid model. It’s powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder and a CVT. Like the gasoline model, the hybrid is offered in both 2 and 4 wheel drive. And on average, the company expects the hybrid to get 5 to 8 MPGs better than the conventional Rogue. Unfortunately our driving impressions of the hybrid are still under embargo

But one big improvement is the cabin noise. The company made several improvements to reduce road, wind and mechanical noises. Such as adding damping and sound absorption materials to the floor and body pillars, adding thicker seals and increasing the thickness of the rear door glass by 33%.

New driver assistance features include Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Protection, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention. A base Rogue with front wheel drive starts just under $25,000. While the top model equipped with all-wheel drive begins at just over $32,000. The 2017 Rogue is on sale now.

2017 Nissan Rogue

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