2017 Rogue Looks Like a Keeper
Nissan’s motto this past year has been “The Year of the Truck.” The new Armada and Pathfinder SUVs and TITAN pickups have been picking up fans by the truckload.
But the new kid on the block caught my eye! This past month I’ve been able to spend a lot of time driving the 2017 Nissan Rogue. This SUV is predicted to become Nissan’s top selling vehicle. After my experience test driving the new Rogue, I won’t be surprised to see this small SUV proclaimed Nissan’s next “leader of the pack.” It will help set the pace for those larger vehicles.
Last week I drove a Nissan Rogue SL AWD painted in a lovely deep blue shade. The Rogue operated on a 2.5 Liter DOHC 1-4 engine with Xtronic CVT plus sport shifter for Eco mode. The Rogue looks really good from any angle. It’s even more stylish with its new front fascia, integrated fog lamps, and V-Motion grille.
A new rear bumper with revised combination lamps and LED boomerang taillights added sparkle. The 19” alloy wheels (increased from standard 18”) also helped enhance the Rogue’s bolder stance.
A motion-activated lift gate added to the Rogue SL’s appeal for this driver. I’ve seldom approached a car empty handed, so it helps to be able to magically lift the rear gate. All you have to do is kick….the Rogue’s lift gate is operated by a kick sensor. The rear doors open wider than most, for much easier access for rear passengers
The Rogue also offers optional 3rd row seating to accommodate 7 passengers. This capability, seldom offered by smaller SUVs, makes the Rogue especially attractive for large families. It should also prove popular with soccer moms. The Rogue also offers lots of options for cargo with innovative EZ Flex Seating and Divide-N-Hide Cargo System.
Inside the cabin, new design elements stand out. There’s a racy-looking steering wheel with stitching on the passenger’s side of the dash. Nissan added a Platinum Package, providing a Panoramic moon roof, premium tan leather appointed seats with quilted leather inserts and LED headlights.
On a recent drive through Georgia, I was able to test drive the Rogue FWD and the new Rogue Hybrid. The hybrid has fuel economy up to 35 mpg on the highway for its front wheel drive models. The hybrid Rogue, both FWD and AWD, is expected to be in dealer showrooms by the end of the year.
“There are so many enhancements to Rogue for 2017, with every one of them designed to enhance its appeal with the fastest growing segment of buyers in the industry,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “The crowning achievement is the addition of the new Rogue Hybrid, which increases fuel efficiency without compromising passenger roominess or cargo utility.”
Safety Shield technologies including forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection and intelligent cruise control, plus lane departure warning and prevention were also added. The Rogue also has remote engine start, blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert. The Rogue features NissanConnect with navigation, mobile apps and services. It offers a 7” color touch screen display that uses SiriusXM®.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue is just now coming to area dealers. The Rogue ranges in price from $23,820 for the entry level trim to $31,310 for the hybrid and other premium models. Combined fuel economy for all models except the hybrid is 28-29 mpg, with the SL all wheel drive model I drove getting 25 mpg in town, 32 on the highway, for an average of 28 mpg. The Hybrid FWD attains 35 mpg.