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2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Review

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid ranks in the middle of its class. It impresses with good safety scores, a comfortable ride, and handsome interior styling. However, its lackluster acceleration and touchy brakes leave something to be desired.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Roomy, well-trimmed interior
  • Smooth ride quality
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Grabby regenerative brakes

Rankings & Research

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid's #12 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Rogue Hybrid has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 19 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Overview

Is the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used compact SUV. The Rogue Hybrid earns class-leading fuel economy of 33 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. It supplements that fuel efficiency with a smooth ride, a roomy and upscale interior, and strong crash safety ratings. Ultimately, though, the Rogue’s tepid acceleration and unrefined hybrid system dull the shine of an otherwise good SUV. For a better hybrid SUV, consider the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or the smaller 2017 Kia Niro.

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How Much Is the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid?

Based on listings for the used 2017 Rogue Hybrid on our site, you can expect to pay between $21,800 and $23,000 for this SUV. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Cost to Own?

The Rogue Hybrid’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $22,600 – or about $4,500 per year. That’s lower than average for the compact SUV class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Rogue Hybrid?

The 2018 Rogue Hybrid starts at $27,020. You can save money by shopping for a used Rogue Hybrid, especially if you want a base model with few options. While there are a few benefits to buying new, none of them address the refinement issues with the Rogue’s hybrid system. The 2018 model is available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, neither of which were offered for 2017. Adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning also became available for 2018. If these are must-have items for you, opt for the 2018 Rogue Hybrid.

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For a less expensive new SUV in the Nissan family, consider the 2018 Nissan Kicks. It starts at just $17,990. The Kicks isn’t a hybrid, and its interior isn’t as roomy as the larger Rogue’s, but it does offer comparably high fuel economy of 31/36 mpg city/highway. It also has better standard features than the Rogue, including forward collision warning and a 7-inch touch screen.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Rogue Hybrid Is Best?

Nissan launched the Rogue Hybrid as an all-new vehicle for the 2017 model year. It received no mechanical changes between the 2017 and 2018 model years, so you can save money with a used model while still finding comparable fuel economy and performance. However, you’ll want to look for a 2018 model if you want Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control or lane departure warning. None of these were offered for 2017.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid?

The 2017 Rogue Hybrid has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is above average for the market.

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2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Recalls

As of this writing, there are two recalls for the 2017 Rogue Hybrid. Nissan is recalling models due to insufficient welds in the vehicle’s second-row seats. Another recall covers a fault with the occupant classification system, which could fail to detect a front-seat passenger and disable the air bag. Before buying a used Nissan Rogue, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Nissan Rogue Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Rogue Hybrid comes in two trims: SV and SL. Standard features in the SV trim include a 5-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, keyless entry with push-button start, dual-zone climate control, cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, blind spot monitoring, and alloy wheels.

The Rogue Hybrid SL trim adds a 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, Siri Eyes Free, a Bose premium stereo, a 360-degree camera, leather seats, a motion-activated liftgate, LED headlights, and fog lights. Available features include a panoramic moonroof and forward collision warning.

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What Does Nissan's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Nissan offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each Nissan CPO vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like rental car reimbursement, a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a Security+Plus Extended protection plan, towing, and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

According to our research, Nissan’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer. Mazda, Honda, and Chevrolet all have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Rogue Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Nissan Rogue a Good safety score in all areas tested and named the SUV a Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Rogue Hybrid four out of five stars for front and rollover crash safety.

All Rogue Hybrid models come standard with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Available safety features include forward collision warning with brake assist and Nissan’s Around View Monitor (a 360-degree-view camera system). Notably, the 2017 model lacks some of the advanced safety features that are available in the standard Rogue, such as lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

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2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid or 2017 Honda CR-V?

The 2017 Honda CR-V isn’t available as a hybrid model, but if you’re willing to make that concession, it’s the far superior SUV. The CR-V delivers better engine performance while still providing a fuel-efficient 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. It also outshines the Rogue with a smoother driving experience, higher-quality cabin materials, and roomier seating and cargo space. We named the CR-V our 2017 Best Compact SUV for Families and Best Compact SUV for the Money.

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid or 2017 Mazda CX-5?

It’s a similar story with the 2017 Mazda CX-5. The CX-5 isn’t a hybrid, but its efficient four-cylinder engine still delivers great fuel economy (up to 24/31 mpg city/highway) while scooting the SUV around confidently. The CX-5 also tops the Nissan Rogue with a luxurious interior, the best driving dynamics in this class, and more advanced safety features like adaptive pivoting headlights and traffic sign recognition. Go with the Mazda; it’s the better compact crossover SUV.

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2017 Rogue Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Drive?

The Nissan Rogue Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which yield a combined 176 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive (AWD) is available. This hybrid powertrain returns great fuel economy, but it disappoints on most other accounts. For example, the transitions between gas and electric power tend to be abrupt. The system also struggles to hustle the SUV up to speed briskly, though it offers sufficient passing power once cruising.

The Rogue’s handling shows a similar lapse in refinement. Its steering is slow and the SUV feels rather cumbersome around turns. Its brakes are touchy as well, which can make it hard to slow the SUV down smoothly. This is a common complaint of hybrid vehicles with regenerative braking systems. Once the driver lifts off the gas pedal, the electric motor begins to slow down the SUV and use this energy to recharge the battery pack. The Rogue’s suspension soaks up most bumps and dips nicely, resulting in a smooth ride quality.

Does the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Rogue Hybrid tops its class in fuel economy with an EPA-rated 33 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway (31/34 mpg with AWD). The gas-only Rogue gets a lower 26/33 mpg city/highway. By comparison, the RAV4 Hybrid gets 34/30 mpg.

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2017 Rogue Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Rogue Hybrid Seat?

The Nissan Rogue Hybrid is a 2-row SUV with five seats. While the standard Rogue is available with third-row seats, this layout isn’t offered for the hybrid version due to the location of its lithium-ion battery pack. Despite this setback, the Rogue’s front seats are comfortable and offer fine support. The rear seats are cozy as well, and they have sliding and reclining adjustments to better accommodate tall passengers. Cloth and heated front seats are standard; leather seats are available. The Rogue’s cabin is well-trimmed with quality materials, and it feels upscale for this class. That said, it could use more insulation. Road and wind noise are prominent at higher speeds.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid?

The Rogue has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. Most of the upper tether anchors are easy to find, but some of the lower anchors are hard to access and difficult to maneuver around.

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Features

The Rogue Hybrid comes standard with a 5-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available features include a larger 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, an app suite, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, and smartphone connectivity through NissanConnect and Siri Eyes Free. Both infotainment systems have simple on-screen menus and are fairly easy to use. It’s easy to adjust the Rogue’s audio and climate controls as well, thanks to the simple buttons and knobs on the dashboard.

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2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Dimensions

Nissan Rogue Hybrid Cargo Space

The Rogue Hybrid has 27.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and 61.4 cubic feet with its rear seats folded. That’s about average for the compact SUV class. Notably, the nonhybrid Rogue has an extra 8.6 cubic feet of overall cargo space.

2017 Rogue Hybrid Length and Weight

The Nissan Rogue Hybrid is 15.4 feet long. It has a curb weight of between 3,624 and 3,814 pounds, depending on the drivetrain.

Where Was the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Built?

The 2017 Nissan Rogue was built in Smyrna, Tennessee; Kyushu, Japan; and Busan, South Korea.


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