2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid – Looks, Feels More Expensive

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                  Nissan Rogue Hybrid

                 Lots to Like in a Hot Segment

By Ron Amadon

DAMASCUS, MD – For the 2017 model year, Nissan made its compact crossover even more appealing, especially for those who more than satisfied their appetites over Thanksgiving, but don’t feel the same way about filling their vehicle’s gas tank.

 In addition to new front end styling, there are a number of changes for the new model year including Motion-Activated Liftgate, and improved Intelligent Cruise Control and Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection.

 Among the interior enhancements are a new flat bottom steering wheel and leather-booted sport-mode shifter, and available heated steering wheel, memory for driver’s seats and mirror, and remote engine start. Enhanced interior materials and design features include new door and instrument panel finishers, new shift knob design, revised center console and console lid, and new seat fabric.

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 It all works to give the upscale SL model a more premium look and feel. Nissan, in many ways, has a hot competitor in one of the hottest segments of the market.   

 Now, about those who hate wasting time filling their gas tank. Enter the Rogue hybrid powered by a 2.0-liter four rated at 141 horsepower with 144 lb-ft of torque. Add in the 30kW electric motor and output climbs to 176 horsepower, or six more than the non-hybrid.

 This results in an estimated 33 city/35 highway miles per gallon compared with 26 city and 33 highway for the non-hybrid. In a week’s testing, I came in at 33.

 An “Intelligent Regenerative Braking” system partially recharges the battery during vehicle braking and additional fuel economy is provided by an Idle Start/Stop system.

 And thanks to some good thinking, the hybrid system does not chew up a lot of cargo space at 61.4 cubic feet, just a fraction below the non-hybrid.

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 The bugaboo here is the standard CVT transmission. It makes a lot of noise if you put your foot to the floor upon entering the interstate for instance with not a lot of forward progress.

 Around town that is less of an issue and in the day in and day out errand running, the charms of the Rogue show through.

 The Hybrid is only available in the SV and SL trim packages. The SL included a great Bose audio system with 9 speakers, six way powered driver seat with power lumbar, heated front seats and steering wheel, Navi, and a 7-inch touch screen display among other goodies.

 Second row rear seat A/C vents were a surprise addition with a dual zone ventilation system. The flat bottom steering wheel added a sporty touch.

 As is the case in many Nissans, the seats were extremely comfortable, controls were well placed, and all in all, the interior was a great place to be whether for the daily commute or a long road trip, something recent studies have shown we are doing, more and more.

 The lone bugaboo inside was the poor visibility to the right and left rear due to the Rogue’s exterior design. So do specify the blind spot warning system before signing on the dotted line.

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 Pricing has not been announced.

 The Rogue was easy to fall in love with in so many areas it is easy to recommend to those looking for a compact sport utility, especially if acceleration is not of great importance, but economy is.  

 Some stats:

 Powertrain

 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder, 30 kW electric motor, Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch Control

 Horsepower (hp)

 176 (net)

 Transmission

 Xtronic transmission with manual gear shifts and standard Sport and Eco Mode switches

 Projected Fuel Economy – FWD

 33 mpg city

 35 mpg highway

 34 mpg combined

 Cargo Volume (cu. ft.):

 Behind 1st row

 61.4

 Behind 2nd row

 27.3

 

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