2017 Nissan Rogue Review


The 2017 Nissan Rogue sees an update to both interior and exterior versus the 2016 Rogue. The updated 2017 Rogue becomes more attractive and appealing to both younger and older car buyers looking for an SUV in the compact crossover segment. A new exterior design complements a refreshed interior, new safety features and even updated technologies.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

The updated 2017 Nissan Rogue boasts a heavily revised front fascia along with a modestly revised rear end. The side profile remains largely the same, as with most other styling elements. Overall the exterior design of the 2017 Rogue creates a striking presence with both charm and character and just the right amount of flare. It’s neither too over-the top nor too understated, just a perfect balance of each.

At the front of the 2017 Rogue you’ll find a new V-motion grille complete with chrome work and black piano trim surrounding the massive Nissan logo. It’s physically a lot bigger than the previous grille as well. The bold and aggressive bumper matches the design thanks to sharply-styled vents and fog lights. The main headlights feature LED technology and reflective elements which give off the illusion that they’re floating mid-air. At the bottom a new chin splitter cuts through the air while larger fender flares crease and curve around the entire wheel arch. The revised front side design brings the 2017 Nissan Rogue’s design closer to the pronounced front end styling of the Murano and the Maxima.

At the back of the 2017 Rogue, it’s a similar story, though not as pronounced. The taillights get the same treatment with a V-motion design and a full LED makeover. They don’t get the embedded chrome pieces however. Smoked turn signals and smoked reverse lights give the Rogue a much more up-to date feel.

On the whole, the 2017 Rogue’s exterior is a top-notch design from Nissan. Finished in bolder colors like orange really make the aggressive design pop out, but you can have it in a more conservative black, gray or white if flying under the radar is more your style.

INTERIOR VERSATILITY

The 2017 Nissan Rogue’s cabin utilizes the same basic design for the dash and the center console, but the fit and finish is vastly improved. Beginning with the steering wheel, the outdated three-spoke steering wheel gets replaced by a modern four-spoke one with a flat bottom. The buttons are new and have been arranged in an entirely different manner, giving it better ergonomics and a more logical placement. All the controls are right at your fingertips, so you never have to take your hands off of the steering wheel.

The dash uses the same 7-inch touch screen, but the interface has been updated. All the modern technology is available to be included in the 2017 Rogue, like an Around View Monitor, Moving Object Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Emergency Braking, Lane Departure and much more.

The best part of the interior of the 2017 Rogue is the spaciousness and versatility. Headroom is decent but legroom is abundant, while also having tons of cargo space. The optional third row offers a 50/50 split, while the second splits 60/40. The second row seats are very versatile and allow for folding, reclining or sliding back or forwards on tracks depending on the combination of passengers and cargo you are transporting. Although the seats are comfortable and supportive, don’t expect them to grip you too tight in the corners.

ENGINE AND DRIVE

The 2017 Nissan Rogue’s engine carries over unchanged, equipping it with a 2.5L four-cylinder outputting 170hp. It’s transversely mounted meaning the Rogue is front-wheel drive in standard guise, but you can opt for an all-wheel drive system if you’re okay with the extra premium. The engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission, which is the perfect choice for the Rogue. It’s smooth and effortless, exactly what you’d want in a crossover SUV meant for cruising rather than racing! You really can’t notice it “shifting” gears during acceleration, it’s that smooth!

Not only does the CVT provide for a smooth and comfortable driving experience, it also makes driving more efficient. With posted fuel consumption rates of 9.2 L/100km in the city and 7.0 L/100km on the highway, these are incredible figures for an SUV!

FINAL THOUGHTS

With a starting price of $25,248, one of the 2017 Nissan Rogue’s biggest competitors is the 2017 Honda CR-V. The option for third row seating combined with the Rogue’s interior versatility will really appeal to families looking for flexibility. While the price can get significantly higher with the more options you add, the 2017 Rogue is well worth a test drive to see just how much space, efficiency and design can be packed into an SUV these days.


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About Sean Mackay

Sean writes about cars, golf and events going on in British Columbia, Canada. He is also the editor for The Automotive Review - an automotive publication bringing a West Coast flavour to its editorials.
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