2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Brings Hybrid Efficiency to the Best-Selling Nissan

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid (Aaron)

We drove both the standard Rogue and the Rogue Hybrid for the 2017 model year and were impressed at the extra efficiency and drive dynamics that $1,200 in price difference brings to the Hybrid model. This is possibly the best Rogue yet.

The manufacturer says

Improve your fuel economy and have some fun with your extra gas money. Introducing the first-ever Rogue Hybrid (limited availability), with engine idle stop/start technology that can shut the engine down when you’re at a stoplight and start instantaneously as you pull away.

Specs:

  • Manufacturer: Nissan
  • Year, Model: 2017 Rogue Hybrid
  • Class, Type: Compact Crossover
  • Propulsion system: Hybrid-electric
  • Base Price: $26,640
  • MSRP as tested: $32,550
  • Availability: Now, limited

Overview

The Rogue is Nissan’s best-selling model in North America, and for good reason. It combines a smart price point with everyday usability and versatility that American buyers seem to find just right for their needs. For 2017, though, Nissan added a hybrid model to the Rogue lineup.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid differs from the standard gasoline Rogue in its hybrid-electric powertrain and cuts out the third row option in order to maintain space for the battery pack. The Rogue Hybrid is otherwise largely the same as the standard Rogue. The Rogue SL model sells for about $29,960, not including destination, and its equivalent Rogue Hybrid SL model sells for $31,160. The lower SV trims for both models are similarly priced gapped.

That extra cash layout translates into some good fuel economy boosts, though. Both in the everyday and on paper. The EPA rates the 2017 Rogue at 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway and the Rogue Hybrid at 33 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. In the real world, we saw lower-than-rated fuel economy in the standard Rogue and almost exactly the EPA’s estimates in the Hybrid model. So the 7 and 2 mpg gap between the gasoline and the hybrid model are likely to be wider for most real-world drivers.

The 2017 Rogue Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that mates to an electric motor through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). They work together for 176 horsepower in output in either front-wheel drive or (optional) all-wheel drive. The hybrid model of the Rogue adds about 70 pounds in weight over its non-hybrid counterpart, but because the electric motor’s 30 kW (40 hp) are available from the get-go, the Rogue Hybrid feels sportier and has a better get-up from a standstill than does its gasoline-only sibling.

Weight distribution is also better and the slightly heavier weight meant that Nissan put a little bit of tuning into the Rogue Hybrid’s suspension that plays out as a more comfortable, sportier ride. These make the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid a better driving option in most situations than is the gasoline model with its 2.5L i4.

What we like

Great balance and feel for the power delivery in the Hybrid.

Real-world fuel efficiency is as good as the paperwork says it should be.

What we don't

No third row option, which limits the Rogue Hybrid’s usefulness.

Upper-level driver assistance and safety options are pricey.

Conclusions

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid takes something that was already pretty good and makes it great. The best-selling Nissan Rogue is an excellent vehicle in its own right, but adding an efficient hybrid powertrain that does its job well adds a lot of icing on the Rogue cake.

Test Period Length and Limitations
The Rogue was a manufacturer’s press loan for about a week. During that time, it was driven for several hundred miles with various passenger and cargo loads.

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