Review and Test Drive: 2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

By Paul Riegler on 13 January 2017
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Just as the movie “Star Wars: Rogue One” was debuting in theaters, I found myself behind the wheel of a 2017 Nissan Rogue. While Nissan is offering a special Rogue One Edition inspired by the movie, mine was the more mainstream edition.

The Nissan Rogue first debuted as a 2008 model in 2007 and the second generation Rogue was introduced in 2013. For 2017, the Rogue received a more aggressive looking fascia including an updated version of Nissan’s V-Motion grille, twin LED projector headlights (on SL trim levels with Premium package, others receive new halogen headlamps with LED running lights) and LED taillights as well as new exterior and interior colors. Nissan is also introducing a hybrid version of the Rogue, which we plan to review soon.

Nissan poured a surfeit of tech gear into the 2017 Rogue, making it one of the most technologically advanced vehicles in its segment. All Rogues come with Bluetooth connectivity standard and buyers can opt for lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, forward collision prevention, and radar-based adaptive cruise control as well. Nissan also made the blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert (both being rather necessary given visibility constraints) standard starting at the mid-level SV trim option. The steering wheel now sports a flat-bottom design, which we liked.

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In addition to the special-edition Rogue One Edition, there are three trim levels available, starting with the base S, the mid-level SV, and the higher-end SL. The SV comes standard with heated cloth seats and remote engine start while the SL gains automatic high-beam assist, a driver’s memory seat, and the foot-activated tailgate.

A Platinum Reserve interior package can be specified for the SL. This includes glove-leather soft quilted leather seats and 19” wheels. Another desirable option is the SV Sun and Sound Touring package, which includes a panoramic (read: large) sunroof and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.

Buyers can order the Rogue in five- or seven-passenger versions (the hybrid however is limited to five in order to make room for the lithium-ion battery pack).

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