2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid offers economy and value for your money
Among the many hybrid compact SUVs on the market, the Nissan Rogue Hybrid stands out for its excellent fuel economy and value. This model returns up to 33 miles of city driving and 35 miles of highway driving on a gallon of gas.
The engine in the Rogue Hybrid is a two-liter four-cylinder rated at 141 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. Adding the power of the 30KW electric motor, you get 176 total system horsepower. The transmission is Nissan's XTronic continuously variable unit, and you can choose between front-wheel or all-wheel-drive. Choosing all-wheel-drive costs you 2 miles per gallon in city driving and 1 mile per gallon in highway driving, but in Portland it's still a popular option and a good idea.
The Rogue Hybrid is a five-seat configuration. Seating for seven in three rows is available with the standard engine Rogue, but not the hybrid. With the rear seats up, you get 27.3 cubic feet of cargo volume in the back, and with the rear seats down, 61.4 cubic feet. The rear seats are split 60:40 to increase cargo flexibility.
The Rogue Hybrid is not available in Nissan's base trim, but you can choose between the mid-level SV trim and the more luxurious SL trim. The SV trim starts at a thrifty $27,580, and includes features like push-button ignition, zone climate control, 6-way power driver's seat, cool cloth upholstery, heated front seats, and a 5-inch color touchscreen control for the infotainment system.
The Rogue Hybrid SL starts at $32,500 and adds leather upholstery, a motion-activated rear liftgate, the NissanConnect smartphone integration system with GPS navigation and a 7-inch touch screen, and Nissan's Around View 360-degree camera system.
There's just one option package available for each of the trims. The SL can be ordered with a power moonroof for $1,320, and the SV can be specified with the Hybrid Premium Package, which includes most of the SL upgrades and the moonroof for $2,870.
The Rogue Hybrid is a family vehicle, so Nissan offers every new safety feature, with most coming as standard equipment on the lower-priced SV trim. All Rogue Hybrids receive a blind spot warning system, forward emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and a tire pressure monitoring system. The SL trim adds the surround-view camera system with Moving Object Detection.
On the road, the Rogue Hybrid is quiet and pleasant to drive. At 3,814 pounds, it's not the fastest SUV you can buy, but the ride and the hybrid system are smooth, including the standard engine stop/start system that saves fuel at stoplights. If you select the SV trim, the Rogue Hybrid is almost the least expensive compact hybrid SUV on the market, and certainly offers the most for your money.
2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid
Base price: $27,580
Price as tested: $35,590
Type: Compact Hybrid SUV
Engine: 2.0-liter inline 4 and electric motor (176 system hp, 144 lbs-ft)
Transmission: Continuously Variable
Road noise: Quiet
EPA estimated mileage: Up to 33/35
Overall length: 184.5 inches
Curb weight: 3,814 pounds
Final assembly: Smyrna, Tennessee