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2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Review

The 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid ranks poorly among hybrid and electric SUVs. It has strong safety scores and a well-mannered ride, but those aren't enough to make up for its weak powertrain, finicky infotainment system, and below-average cargo space.

Pros & Cons

  • Great safety score
  • Upmarket cabin
  • Infotainment controls can be tricky
  • Less agile than rivals
  • Grabby braking system

Is the Nissan Rogue Hybrid a Good SUV?

The Nissan Rogue Hybrid is not that great of a choice among hybrid and electric SUVs. It delivers decent fuel economy, but most rivals still best it in this regard. This Nissan has a smooth ride and a mostly upscale cabin, along with excellent safety scores. However, lackluster acceleration and grabby brakes hinder this SUV’s performance. Additionally, the infotainment system can be tricky to use, and many class rivals offer more cargo space.

Should I Buy the Nissan Rogue Hybrid?

There’s little reason to consider the Rogue Hybrid over any number of other hybrid SUVs, or even traditional nonhybrid crossovers. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid gets better fuel economy and ranks much higher overall. It has lots of standard safety features and ample cargo space, and it even comes standard with all-wheel drive. The Honda CR-V is very fuel-efficient for a nonhybrid. It boasts a huge cargo hold, an even nicer cabin, and a serene ride.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Rogue Hybrid?

The current generation of the Rogue Hybrid launched during the 2017 model year. Nissan has made a handful of updates since then, mostly adding more standard and available features. For 2018, the Rogue Hybrid gained standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning became available. Lane departure warning becomes standard for 2019, along with automatic high beams, rear parking sensors, and pedestrian detection. Buying a used 2017 Rogue Hybrid will save you some money, but you may miss out on some of these newer features.

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 20 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about the Nissan Rogue Hybrid in our comprehensive review. It combines professional evaluations from 20 automotive sources with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions. This Nissan Rogue Hybrid review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2017 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Nissan Rogue Hybrid Cost?

The base Nissan Rogue Hybrid SUV has an MSRP of $27,600. That’s in the bottom half of starting prices for hybrid and electric SUVs. The Nissan Rogue Hybrid SL starts at $31,540, which is more in line with rivals’ higher trims.

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Nissan Rogue Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Rogue Hybrid or Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

Toyota redesigned the RAV4 Hybrid for the 2019 model year, and it's a better SUV than the Rogue Hybrid in many ways. It has 43 more horsepower, and it comes with standard all-wheel drive. The RAV4 Hybrid, even with AWD, gets better fuel economy than the Rogue Hybrid. The Toyota also has more cargo room behind the rear seats and a more intuitive infotainment system. Plus, the base RAV4 Hybrid retails for just $100 more than the base Rogue Hybrid. Go with the Toyota.

Which Is Better: Nissan Rogue Hybrid or Nissan Murano?

The Nissan Murano is a midsize SUV. Therefore, it has slightly more passenger and cargo room than its smaller sibling. It also comes with a strong V6 engine and a few available luxuries, like ventilated front seats and a driver drowsiness monitor, which you can't get in the Rogue Hybrid. The Murano gets decent gas mileage, though it can’t compete with the Rogue Hybrid on that front. The base Rogue Hybrid costs around $3,700 less than the base Murano. For the price conscious, the Rogue Hybrid is the smarter choice in this comparison. If you'd rather stretch your budget to get a roomier and more luxurious cabin, go with the Murano.

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Nissan Rogue Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the Rogue Hybrid Seat?

The 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid seats five people. Cloth upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats are standard. Leather seats and a heated steering wheel are available.  

Getting comfortable in the front is easy. Head- and legroom is good in both rows, and the rear seats provide moderate comfort for most adults.

Rogue Hybrid and Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the second-row seats. The tether anchors are easy to find and use, though the lower anchors are set deeply in the seats and can be tricky to maneuver around.

Rogue Hybrid Interior Quality

This Nissan has a well-built cabin that’s filled with soft-touch materials as opposed to the hard plastics found in some rivals.  

Rogue Hybrid Cargo Space

With 27.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 61.4 cubic feet with them folded down, the hybrid Rogue's cargo space is a little below average among hybrid and electric SUVs. Because of the placement of its lithium-ion battery, the Rogue Hybrid doesn't offer as much cargo space as the nonhybrid Nissan Rogue. The Honda CR-V also has considerably more space. The Rogue Hybrid's standard hands-free liftgate makes it convenient to load and unload cargo.

Rogue Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include the NissanConnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, two USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. A nine-speaker Bose sound system, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless phone charging, and a navigation system are optional. 

The NissanConnect infotainment system has some physical controls, which is helpful, but mastering the setup takes time because some functions require you to push the buttons repeatedly, while others can only be controlled through the touch screen. Standard smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a boon to smartphone users, though.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Rogue Hybrid Performance

Rogue Hybrid Engine: Uninspired

All hybrid Rogues are equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that together produce 176 horsepower. The Rogue Hybrid comes standard with Nissan’s continuously variable Xtronic automatic transmission.

Acceleration is lackluster, and this SUV feels underpowered on the highway. Rival hybrids have smoother transitions between gas and electric power.

Rogue Hybrid Mileage: Among the Best

This hybrid earns an EPA-estimated 33 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are about average for a hybrid SUV, and this model will save you around $200 per year in fuel costs compared to the nonhybrid Rogue. As is typical, all-wheel-drive models earn slightly lower estimates: 31/34 mpg city/highway.

Rogue Hybrid Ride and Handling: Orderly and Comfortable

The Rogue Hybrid handles competently and provides a smooth ride. Its suspension soaks up most road flaws without issue. That said, its regenerative brakes are grabby, and rivals such as the Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5 deliver a more agile ride. Front-wheel drive is standard, and AWD is available. 

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Rogue Hybrid Reliability

Is the Nissan Rogue Hybrid Reliable?

The 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid gets an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D Power.

Nissan Rogue Hybrid Warranty

Nissan covers the 2019 Rogue Hybrid with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hybrid components are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. These are typical terms for a compact hybrid SUV.  

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Rogue Hybrid Safety

Rogue Hybrid Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Rogue Hybrid four out of five stars in front and rollover crash testing.

Rogue Hybrid Safety Features

This Nissan has several standard safety features, including a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. A 360-degree parking camera and adaptive cruise control are available.

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Which Nissan Rogue Hybrid Is Right for Me?

Nissan offers the 2019 Rogue Hybrid in two trim levels: SV and SL. All models come with Nissan's Xtronic CVT (a continuously variable automatic transmission) and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. Both trims also offer a wireless smartphone charger for $250, a Wi-Fi hot spot for $450, and AWD for $1,350.

Unless you want leather seats or adaptive cruise control, there’s little reason to pick the SL trim over the base SV, especially since Nissan made several safety features standard in the base trim for 2019. Most of the SL trim’s other upgrades are available in the SV through a package.

Nissan Rogue Hybrid SV

The hybrid Nissan Rogue SV has an MSRP of $27,600. It comes standard with a hands-free liftgate, automatic headlights, alloy wheels, cloth seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, split-folding rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and pedestrian detection.

On the tech front, the SV comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, and satellite radio.

The SV Hybrid Premium package ($2,980) adds a panoramic moonroof, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree parking camera, a heated steering wheel, navigation, and a nine-speaker premium Bose stereo.

Nissan Rogue Hybrid SL

With a base MSRP of $31,540, the SL gains leather seats, a heated steering wheel, a 360-degree parking camera, adaptive cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a navigation system.

The SL Hybrid Premium package costs $2,000 and features a panoramic moonroof, larger alloy wheels, and a Bose sound system.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Nissan dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Nissan deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid provides a smooth ride and an upmarket cabin, along with good fuel economy for a hybrid SUV. However, many competitors offer similar advantages with fewer drawbacks. Some nonhybrid rivals, including the standard Nissan Rogue, are also fuel-efficient but more affordable. Additionally, they offer stronger engines or more engaging rides.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • The Rogue isn’t as much fun to drive as a Mazda CX-5, and can’t tow as much as a Ford Escape, but it does offer a smooth ride, a quiet cabin and plenty of high-tech features." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We had high hopes for the Rogue Hybrid but left disappointed by the details. Compact crossovers and hybrid powertrains will be a very popular combination when gas prices inevitably creep back up, but this one needs more polish before it will appeal to a wide audience." -- Autoblog (2017)
  • "If you like the new 2017 Nissan Rogue, skip the hybrid version. The compromises it demands are not worth the relatively minor improvement in fuel economy." -- New York Daily News (2017)
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