2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Review

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2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Overview

While the 2017 Nissan Rogue gets a refresh that includes an altered front fascia with V-motion grille, quad-element headlights with LED daytime running lights, and a new rear bumper, the biggest change is the much-anticipated addition of a separate hybrid model. Introduced at the Miami Auto Show, the 2017 Rogue Hybrid makes Nissan the second carmaker (after Toyota with its 2015 RAV4 Hybrid) to offer a hybrid powertrain in the increasingly competitive compact-crossover segment. The Rogue Hybrid’s exterior looks nearly identical to the regular version’s, with the addition of “PureDrive” badges on the front doors and liftgate. The front-wheel-drive (FWD) hybrid should be available by the end of 2016 in SV and SL trims. Currently, the Altima is Nissan’s best-selling model, but the Rogue isn’t far behind, and America’s voracious appetite for crossover SUVs could propel it to the top.

The Rogue Hybrid features a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 141 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The engine is boosted by a 30kW motor that produces 40 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque for a combined output of 176 horsepower—6 more than the non-hybrid Rogue’s 2.5-liter engine. Fuel economy is, of course, the main appeal of a hybrid crossover, and the Rogue Hybrid’s expected 33 mpg city, 35 highway, and 34 combined rating will rival that of its only real competitor, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. An upcoming all-wheel-drive (AWD) version of the Rogue Hybrid is expected to deliver fuel ratings of 31, 34, and 33.

The Rogue’s electronically power-assisted steering comes with an Active Ride Control system that regulates engine and transmission dynamics when driving on bumpy surfaces. It also features Active Trace Control, which can apply a single brake or adjust torque to an inside wheel to help cornering. The SV trim comes with 17-inch wheels, and the SL gets 18-inch wheels, all sporting all-season tires.

Compared to the larger V6-powered Nissan Murano, the Rogue is cheaper, more efficient, and almost as spacious. The rear cargo area has plenty of room for family groceries or luggage, and the SL trim features a power liftgate. For those hauling more passengers than gear, the Rogue offers an optional third-row bench behind the standard 5-seat layout. This additional seating is a little tight for adults, but kids should be fine sitting there on anything short of a long road trip.

The Rogue Hybrid’s interior receives the same updates and new features as the normal Rogue, such as the new center console and the flat-bottom steering wheel. The Hybrid comes standard with convenience features like keyless entry, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and mirrors, rear privacy glass, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and a 6-speaker sound system. The SL trim, meanwhile, adds a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, fog lights, an upgraded NissanConnect system (with navigation and Siri Eyes Free voice control), and a 9-speaker Bose sound system.

The 2016 Rogue has already achieved Top Safety Pick status from the International Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and safety technology additions for 2017 make the Rogue Hybrid even more appealing. New features include a pedestrian detection system and optional intelligent cruise control, while lane-departure warning and prevention, blind-spot assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and high-beam assist remain available.

The Rogue is already one of Nissan’s hottest sellers, but the addition of the Hybrid model further widens its appeal by combining utility with fuel efficiency and helps the Rogue better stand out against competition like the Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, and Honda CR-V.


Andrew Newton first got into cars through vintage racing a 1969 Lynx Formula Vee. After receiving two degrees in history, he followed his passion for cars and became a contributor for sites like Sports Car Digest, BoldRide.com and JamesEdition.com in addition to serving as Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA. Andrew currently covers the collector car market full time as Auction Editor for Hagerty Classic Car Insurance.

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