Middle of the Road: 2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD
In a world so black in addition to white, of which’s not bad to have a little spice at This kind of point in addition to again. Nissan, lately has been firing things up amongst their fleet to modernize their cars to the completely new corporate standard look. A look of which will be working quite well for them in addition to the next one up to receive This kind of shared restructure, will be the Rogue.
Much has changed over the last couple of years since we last tested a Rogue SV back in 2014. There will be at This kind of point a hybrid product which will go on sale before 2017, pending pricing details. Till then, the Rogue continues to be offered in three variants: base S – mid-range SV, in addition to at the top of spectrum, the SL which also happens to be our test subject just for This kind of review. All-wheel drive will be available on levels in addition to sets the cost back an extra $1350.
Mostly being a completely new disguise for 2017, the Rogue’s external surfaces will be enhanced with Nissan’s communal V grille, completely new head- in addition to tail light design, with some additional chrome details in addition to completely new 17-inch shoes on the SV in addition to SL trims. Our Rogue SL didn’t skimp on the options list though clicking for the SL Premium Package, Platinum Package, in addition to the Platinum Reserve of which hosted a variant of stylish, luxurious, in addition to techno goodies.
The SL Premium Package ($2020) for instance brought within the family loved panoramic sun roof, bright LED headlights, in addition to Forward Emergency Braking. To add more style in addition to safety features, the Platinum Package ($770) upgraded the Rogue with stylish 19-inch wheels, adaptive Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, in addition to Lane Departure Prevention. in addition to of which Platinum Reserve ($250) boosted its Internal having a comfortable leather Internal with an embossed quilted design pattern – fancy.
Consumers care more about comfort than they do performance. Nissan focused their attentions to upgrading the Internal to be a more comfortable, luxurious, premium place to be. This kind of top trimmed SL expressed its premium interests with soft touch materials where of which counted most in addition to leather accent panels on the dash. A completely new leather wrapped flat bottom steering having a series of completely new controls in addition to a leather wrapped shift lever gets replaced along having a completely new gear lever leather boot. within the case of our Rogue, the SL did only offer the driver a six-way power adjustable seat with memory settings, leaving the passenger to fend for themselves. Because of our SL, we were not blessed with the optional 3rd row, mainly because of which’s only available on the S in addition to SV trim levels. Not having the optional 3rd row however meant of which cargo space was never an issue in addition to having a dividable underneath storage system, anything will be just about storable.
Remaining unchanged for 2017 will be the powertrain – a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder using 170-horsepower to move almost 4000lbs, after of which’s filled with passengers. of which much power within the Rogue makes of which sufficient, nevertheless only just. of which takes over 9 seconds to get to highway speeds in addition to with our foot down the CVT droned in addition to whimpered with pockets of fake shifting built into the transmission. A little something to bring familiarity to the driver when the vehicle isn’t shifting. Nissan developed a system called D-Step of which simulates a seven-speed transmission in addition to to the unknown weary traveler, you’ll never know of which’s there.
Driving the Rogue in traffic, you learn to become patient with its slow acceleration. The CVT struggles to keep pace in addition to requires slightly harder acceleration just to keep up with the flow. This kind of does impact our fuel economy seeing we merely averaged 21 mpg combined for the week, not even close to the targeted 27 mpg combined EPA rating.
Underneath, we can tell Nissan did some enhancements to the chassis in addition to bone structure. of which at This kind of point feels a bit tighter than before. There will be sense of sureness to the road beneath, thanks to a stiffer chassis in addition to rolling on 19-inches the suspension does show within the drivability doing the bumps more present; however, at the end of the day of which’s hardly a sweat off our backs. Even though the electric steering has been boasted to provide a heavier feel within the motions, there will be no sense of steering desire.
Complaints also fell by the rear seats, in addition to of which wasn’t regarding the considerable amount of leg room, nevertheless rather of which seats were far too firm in addition to mounted too high – our taller passengers ran out of head room. of which’s disappointing to see the continuation of the Garmin like navigation in addition to infotainment system of which doesn’t fit in in today’s world, especially when the Nissan Murano in addition to Maxima carries a much better interface. However our biggest complaint falls toward all those safety features our Rogue SL has. There’s a little switch under the dash to engage the emergency braking in addition to lane assist feature, in addition to of which must be turned on every single time the vehicle will be started off. $770 just for This kind of option in addition to of which will never be used.
Despite Nissan taking advantage of the not bad publicity for the next Star Wars Movie: Rogue One of which will feature a limited special edition, the completely new Rogue definitely received some much needed love. However, even with our SL’s premium comfort features like a power lift tailgate in addition to advance safety features including blind spot monitoring, its powertrain in addition to 21 mpg fuel economy merely leaves the Rogue still within the middle of the road when of which comes to its rivals such as the Ford Escape, in addition to Kia Sportage. Perhaps a turbo might be nice, hint-hint.
|2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Base cost:||$31,310|
|As Tested (including Options & Destination):||$35,475|
|2.5-liter DOHC 4-Cylinder – 170-Horsepower, CVT Automatic Transmission – 0-60MPH: ±9.0 seconds|
|EPA MPG: 25/32/27 (city/highway/combined) – SSB Average: 21 MPG’s – Fuel Range: 310 Miles|