What we know as the 2017 Nissan Rogue is part of the second-generation of this extremely popular compact crossover that's been with us now since the 2008 model year. The current second-generation went on sale in late 2013 for the 2014 model year, so it's no surprise this year sees the Rogue benefitting from a mid-cycle refresh. It's built on the same platform as the phenomenally successful European Qashqai, but the Rogue is more of an amalgamation of the Qashqai and the X-Trail as the Rogue is available with a third row of seating to accommodate up to seven people.
Although some of the changes for the new model year are significant many of them are quite subtle, so the 2017 Nissan Rogue is perhaps more of an evolution than a revolution. There are changes to the exterior at both the front and rear, which sees the introduction of the V-motion grille, integrated fog lights, some revised rear combination lights with LED boomerang signature taillights and chrome side moldings. There are also some new 17-inch, 18-inch and 19-inch wheel designs, three new exterior colors, and further slight enhancements to the bodywork to minimize the amount of road, wind and mechanical noise.
The interior hasn't been forgotten either, so now there's a redesigned front center console, new cloth seat materials, a new sport mode shifter with leather boot and a redesigned D-shaped steering wheel. A heated version of the steering wheel and memory seats and mirrors are now available, and heated cloth seats and remote engine start are now standard with the SV trim.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue keeps the same 2.5-liter inline-four as its standard engine, which produces 170 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque that's sent to the front or all four wheels through a CVT transmission that's standard in all models. Front-wheel drive is standard across the whole lineup, but all-wheel drive is available for every model if the buyer wants it.
This year also sees the introduction of a Rogue Hybrid, which is powered by a system that combines a 2.0-liter inline-four gas engine with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery to produce a net hybrid system rating of 176 horsepower.
There are either three or five different trims in the latest Rogue lineup, depending on whether you consider the hybrid as part of the range or a different model in its own right. Either way, the three gas-only trims start with the entry level S model and then go upwards to the SV and then the SL. There are then two different hybrids, which are the SV Hybrid and the SL Hybrid.
Even if ultimate fuel economy isn't your primary concern, the gas-powered Rogue still returns pretty good ratings all the same. Front-wheel drive versions get EPA figures of 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined, while all-wheel versions are rated at 25/32/27 mpg.* However, the uplift in efficiency is quite notable by choosing the hybrid powertrain, with front-wheel drive versions getting 33 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg combined and all-wheel drive making only a small difference with figures of 31/34/33 mpg.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.