The 2017 Nissan Rogue is part of the second-generation of this popular compact crossover, which originally went on sale here in 2007 as a 2008 model year. The current second-generation launched as a 2014 model year, so this year it benefits from something of a mid-cycle refresh. However, despite the fact the latest Rogue has been with us for more than three years now, brand new versions of the first-generation Rogue are still be built and sold alongside the newer model, but those are badged as the Rogue Select.
The biggest change to happen this year to the 2017 Nissan Rogue is the introduction of a Rogue Hybrid, although the regular model does get a number of noticeable enhancements as well. Along with some new touch-ups to the Rogue's sheet metal, there's also a new front end with a very similar V-shaped grille to the one found on its bigger relative, the Pathfinder. The Rogue also benefits from new LED running lights and taillights and a new rear bumper, while interior enhancements include a new steering wheel that can be ordered as heated, a remote start system, and the Platinum Reserve trim package gets quilted leather for the front seats. To whole look is a little more aggressive than before, but that's definitely a good thing and keeps it in line with its closest competitors.
The engine in the gasoline-only 2017 Nissan Rogue is the familiar 2.5-liter inline-four that develops 170 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque, which is sent to the front wheels as standard through a CVT transmission, although Nissan's Intuitive All-Wheel Drive is available with all trim levels.
Of course, the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is a different matter altogether as far as propulsion is concerned. The hybrid system is comprised of a 141 horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-4 with a lithium-ion battery pack that's situated underneath the rear cargo floor, and a 30kw electric motor rated at 40 horsepower. The whole system therefore develops a net output of 176 horsepower. The Rogue Hybrid also employs stop/start technology and harnesses energy through regenerative braking, to further enhance the crossover's fuel economy.
So, front-drive hybrids will offer EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 33 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway, and 34 mpg combined, while all-wheel drive changes those numbers to 31/34/33 mpg for city/highway/combined driving. By way of comparison, the regular Rogue gets figures of 26 mpg on the highway, 33 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined, and 25/32/28 mpg if all-wheel drive is specified.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 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.