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2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Overview
Nissan knows that Americans crave utility vehicles. The Japanese manufacturer’s best-selling vehicle in the United States is, after all, the Rogue SUV. So it makes perfect sense that the company will be introducing the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport this spring—at least, to U.S markets. The truth is, Nissan has been selling this vehicle globally for several years as the Qashqai. It will be introduced under that name in Canada, but the U.S. gets the Rogue Sport.
A quick glance at the Rogue and the Rogue Sport is all it takes to see the sibling resemblance, but there are some differences. The new Rogue Sport is 12.1 inches shorter, with a 2.3-inch smaller wheelbase, than the regular Rogue. Big brother offers an optional third row for a total of 7 seats, while the Rogue Sport gets just 2 rows and a 5-passenger capacity. Without the third row, the Rogue provides 32 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, while the Rogue Sport has just 22.9 cubic feet. With the second row folded flat, however, the Sport has 61.1 cubic feet available. That’s still less than the Rogue’s 70 cubic feet, but it’s an ample amount of space for a compact crossover.
The 2017 Rogue Sport is available in three trims—S, SV, and SL—powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder engine good for 141 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain is mated to a continuously variable transmission and comes with either the standard front-wheel drive (FWD) or the available all-wheel drive (AWD). The Rogue Sport is designed primarily for on-road use, with an independent-strut suspension and twin-tube shocks at the front and a multi-link suspension and twin-tube shocks in the rear.
While the engine and suspension probably won’t deliver sports-car-worthy performance, the exterior styling does help the Rogue Sport earn that “Sport” nomenclature. The sharply angled headlights with LED running lamps flow nicely into a shapely V-motion grille, and available fog lamps give the front end an even sportier look. Body-color bumpers and mirrors and black roof molding and wheel arches all add to the Rogue Sport’s jaunty exterior design.
The Rogue Sport takes its interior cues from Nissan’s Altima sedan, which is overall a good thing. The materials and construction may not be luxury-level, but they are high-quality nonetheless. The dashboard is intuitively laid out, with comfortingly straightforward climate and audio controls, and the plentiful small storage spaces should help keep the cabin clean and organized.
The base Rogue Sport S trim comes standard with a reversing camera, Siri Eyes Free, a 4-speaker sound system with USB input and Bluetooth streaming, and Nissan’s Advanced Driver-Assist Display that allows you to view directions, phone-call information, and more without taking your eyes off the road. The SV trim adds a 6-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and push-button start. Finally, moving up to the SL gets you leather upholstery; NissanConnect with navigation, a Google-powered online search, and a 7-inch touchscreen; and 4 car-mounted cameras for a 360-degree exterior view.
On the driving-assistance front, the Rogue Sport offers a slew of active and passive equipment, including Active Ride Control with automatic braking and torque adjustments for smoother driving, an active trace control system for help on cornering, and active engine braking. Available safety features include blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-departure warning.
After working at gas stations and car washes in high school, driving across the country more than a dozen times and even living on the road in a well-outfitted truck, Tim O'Sullivan finally started putting some of his automotive knowledge to work when he began writing for CarGurus in 2008. He's also an award-winning journalist and the Sports Editor at the Concord (NH) Monitor.
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