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2017 Nissan Rogue Review and Compare | Denver CO

2017 Nissan Rogue Review near Denver

The Secret of the Best-Selling Nissan Rogue is Revealed

When it comes to trying to figure out what drivers want in their vehicles, Nissan has found the answer: don't. The prime example of this comes in the form of the Nissan Rogue, their best-selling vehicle in the United States, and even one of the top vehicles among all non-pickup models. Competing in the same category as the CR-V and Forester, the category does have some strong competition, but the Rogue manages to be a top-seller. This can be attributed to Nissan giving drivers the power to decide just about every detail that comes with their Rogue. The versatility of the Rogue allows it to be anything between a FWD crossover suited for five passengers to a seven-passenger AWD SUV. While this may seem like a jack of all, master of none kind of scenario, the Rogue certainly succeeds where it needs to.


Trim Options into Exterior Styling

The multitude of options are presented right from the beginning, but this is just the formulaic trim options that Nissan offers for the Rogue: S, SV, Midnight Edition, and SL. While the styling of three are very similar, the only one that features a different design is the Midnight Edition. This trim offers you a whopping four color options, and exclusive black features including the roof rails and crossbars, outside mirrors, and wheels. Admittedly, the vehicle does look good with black accents and details, but they are the only true difference between this trim option and the SV Option.

All Nissan Rogue trims incorporate Nissan's own design language. The V-Motion grille accompanied by the "boomerang lamp signatures" are just the beginning of Nissan design templates that the Rogue follows. While they may be uniquely named, the features work together to give a significantly sportier design than the Rogue deserves. 

Average Power with Situational Drivetrain Options

The engine is one place that the Rogue does not provide you with many options, by that I mean you only get one. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is your default engine no matter what trim you decide to go with. The transmission (once again, no choice) you are provided with is the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) to put the 170 horsepower onto the road. This isn't an impressive number by any means, but is right in the middle of the range for its class. On the high end of its class's range is its efficiency, providing up to 33 mpg on the highway.

Putting control back in your hands, you are able to choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. This is a seemingly required feature for a crossover nowadays. While the Rogue isn't actually designed for the off-roading that other all-wheel drive vehicles might be, the system works well when the weather conditions take a turn for the worst. If you live in an area that gets especially nasty weather, or if you just like having the extra confidence provided by the system, we suggest the AWD system, otherwise you should be able to get everything you need out of the FWD system.

The Menu of Interior Options

Now that you are once again the controller of the Rogue's design, the interior is where we see the vehicle really take off with options and available features. With packages, configurations, and options for any need or budget, Nissan has embraced the "personalization is key" attitude. Seeing that they include the most popular features as standard is an impressive step for a vehicle with such an economical starting point. Standard technology includes smartphone integration, Bluetooth, USB/iPod hookup, and a rearview camera, while standard comfort features include air conditioning, cruise control, a four-speaker sound system, and more.               

As you could imagine, getting an upgraded trim will give you more features. The SV trim offers dual-zone A/C, bigger wheels, more comfortable front seats, and standard NissanConnect. While the infotainment makes accessing apps easier than it would normally be, you are not offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay availability. The Midnight Edition offers a minor change for the color of interior upholstery.                

At the top, you'll find the Rogue SL, which does NOT offer a third row of seating. While this seems against the personalization ideology, the almost excessive list of extra features makes up for that one decision. Options include Bose audio, connected navigation, heated and leather-upholstered seats, a power tailgate, and Nissan's 360-degree camera. If you are comfortable spending more than the average amount for a compact SUV, there is a premium option that gives you even more options.

What About that Third Row?

As mentioned, an optional third row is available if you are looking to carry seven passengers. This seems like the ultimate solution for a family that has more than the average 2.5 children, but you might want to adjust your expectation once you see the legroom, or more accurately put, lack thereof. You will be hard-pressed to fit adults, maybe even some taller teenagers, comfortably in the third row. Nissan has only made the third row an option, because they want you to be able to customize based on your needs. Without that third row, you will benefit from 70 cubic feet of storage space when the second row is folded, and the Divide-N-Hide Cargo System offers maximum space and privacy of your cargo. 

Top-Notch Safety

These vehicles are marketed towards families, which is why safety is important. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has designated the Rogue as a Top Safety Pick+ vehicle, meaning it is among the safest vehicles. Even the base model comes standard with Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, making it the only vehicle in the class to offer them standard. Of course, the higher level trims have a whole array of innovative safety features to choose from. 

Our Thoughts

It would be difficult to argue against a top-selling vehicle. Nissan has given a ridiculous amount of options to drivers, letting them choose how much they want to increase the price based on the features they choose. Nissan has discovered that it isn't all about power, but actually is all about choices to be made.

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