2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

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2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Review

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid has great fuel economy and a nice interior, but it trails class rivals in many other respects. As a result, it sits in the lower third of our compact SUV rankings.

7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.7
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Excellent gas mileage
  • Smooth ride
  • Well-built cabin
  • Uninspiring powertrain
  • Grabby regenerative brakes
  • Frustrating infotainment system

Is the Nissan Rogue Hybrid a Good SUV?

The Nissan Rogue Hybrid is just OK. Its performance is fairly typical for a hybrid, with its languid acceleration and handling devoid of athleticism. Like some hybrids, its regenerative brakes are grabby at times. Still, the Rogue Hybrid delivers a smooth ride and has one of the best fuel economy ratings in the class. Inside the cabin, you'll find fairy spacious seating, mostly quality materials, and decent cargo space. However, the infotainment system isn't as easy to use as some rival systems. We review the nonhybrid Nissan Rogue separately.

Should I Buy the Nissan Rogue Hybrid?

For most shoppers, the Rogue Hybrid isn’t the best choice. Beyond delivering great fuel economy, there's not much that helps the Rogue Hybrid stand out in such a competitive class. Many compact SUVs are more athletic and have richer interiors with better technology features than the Rogue Hybrid. Before buying or leasing this Nissan, you should consider another hybrid like the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or the highly ranked Honda CR-V, which has outstanding fuel economy estimates and is a better SUV overall.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Rogue Hybrid?

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is part of a generation that debuted for 2017. Besides some new standard and available features, the 2018 Rogue Hybrid is relatively similar to the 2017 model. You may be able to save some money by shopping for a similarly equipped used model. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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How Much Does the Nissan Rogue Hybrid Cost?

The Rogue Hybrid’s starting price is around $27,000. That’s one of the highest starting prices for any compact SUV – though in fairness, hybrids typically cost a few thousand dollars more than nonhybrids. The highest Rogue Hybrid trim has a starting price of around $32,400, which is reasonable for the class.

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Nissan Rogue Hybrid Versus the Competition

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

It's easy to see why the Honda CR-V consistently ranks near the top of our compact SUV rankings every year. It has one of the largest cargo capacities in the class, comfortable seats, and an upscale cabin – and that’s just a few of its numerous attributes. For a nonhybrid SUV, the CR-V gets excellent gas mileage. It also has a smooth ride and is able to maintain its composure around turns. The CR-V even costs less than the Rogue Hybrid, rounding out the reasons why the Honda is the clear winner.

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

The RAV4 Hybrid costs about the same as the Rogue Hybrid, but the Toyota features a more potent powertrain and standard all-wheel drive. Its fuel economy ratings also rival the Nissan’s. Inside, the RAV Hybrid has a comfortable cabin and an easy-to-use infotainment system with more standard driver assistance features than the Rogue Hybrid. The Toyota is also expected to be more reliable. Go for the RAV4 Hybrid.

Which Is Better: Nissan Rogue Hybrid or Nissan Rogue?

There are few differences between the Nissan Rogue and its hybrid variant. The gasoline-only Rogue delivers lower fuel economy estimates than the hybrid, which is probably the most obvious difference. That said, the regular Rogue still delivers good fuel efficiency for a gas-powered SUV. The nonhybrid Rogue has slightly less horsepower than the Rogue Hybrid, but the difference isn't noticeable while driving. All in all, the Rogue Hybrid probably isn’t worth the extra expense.

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Rogue Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the Rogue Hybrid Seat?

The Rogue Hybrid seats five and is pretty accommodating. Both rows have enough space for adult passengers, and the front seats will envelop you nicely. Driver visibility is decent.

Rogue Hybrid and Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the Rogue Hybrid. There aren’t any issues with the tether anchors, but the lower anchors are set deep in the seat and are hard to maneuver around.

Rogue Hybrid Interior Quality

This Nissan’s cabin is quiet and well-built. It looks good, and most surfaces feature soft-touch materials as opposed to hard plastics.

Rogue Hybrid Cargo Space

Cargo space in the Rogue Hybrid is average for the class. With all seats in use, you have just over 27 cubic feet of room, which is enough space for a large dog or many shopping bags. Maximum capacity is over 61 cubic feet, which gives you the space to haul large items like a bicycle or snowboard.

Rogue Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a 5-inch display screen, two USB ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and text messaging assistance. Available features include a nine-speaker Bose infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Siri Eyes Free.

Though the audio and climate controls are generally easy to use, they can be unreliable at times.

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Rogue Hybrid Performance

Rogue Hybrid Engine: Lackluster Power Plant

This Nissan makes 176 horsepower combined with its four-cylinder engine and electric motor. Acceleration underwhelms, and you’ll probably wish for a little more power on the highway. This performance is similar to that of the nonhybrid Nissan Rogue. The transition between gas and electric power isn’t as smooth as in some competitors. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) comes standard.

Rogue Hybrid Gas Mileage: Putting Rivals to Shame

Fuel economy is unquestionably a feather in the Rogue Hybrid’s cap. It earns an EPA-rated 33 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Those are excellent ratings – and they’re better numbers than you’ll find in most class rivals and other hybrid SUVs.

In practical terms, the Rogue Hybrid will save you about $50 per year in fuel costs compared to the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Compared to an efficient nonhybrid like the Honda CR-V, the Rogue Hybrid will save you about $250 per year in fuel costs.

Rogue Hybrid Ride and Handling: Prioritizing Comfort

Many compact SUVs are more athletic than the Rogue Hybrid, but it is competent when cornering. Ride quality is smooth, but the regenerative brakes make it hard to slow the car with precision.

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Rogue Hybrid Reliability

Is the Nissan Rogue Hybrid Reliable?

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s an average rating for any vehicle, and it’s typical for a compact SUV.

Nissan Rogue Hybrid Warranty

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

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Rogue Hybrid Safety

Rogue Hybrid Crash Test Results

The 2018 Rogue Hybrid achieved top scores in every crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and it earned the organization’s Top Safety Pick designation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration only conducted the frontal crash and rollover tests. It gave the Rogue Hybrid four out of five stars in each evaluation.

Rogue Hybrid Safety Features

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, and rear cross traffic alert. Available features include a 360-degree parking camera, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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Which Nissan Rogue Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The Nissan Rogue Hybrid is a compact SUV that seats five. It comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and front-wheel drive. The Rogue Hybrid comes in SV and SL trims. All-wheel drive is available for $1,350 in both trim levels. There is also a nonhybrid Nissan Rogue, which we review separately.

There’s little to justify the extra expense of the SL trim, unless you want leather seats and memory settings for your sideview mirrors. However, you might want to consider the SV Hybrid Premium package because of all the features it adds, including a heated steering wheel.

Nissan Rogue Hybrid SV

The SV trim has a starting price of around $27,000. It comes with remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, an easy-fill tire alert system, a six-speaker audio system with a 5-inch display, two USB ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth (for calling and streaming), and text messaging assistance. Also included are safety features like a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. To make things a little more comfortable, the SV comes with a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The SV Hybrid Premium package adds the upgraded Bose stereo system from the SL, the larger touch screen, a 360-degree parking camera, a panoramic moonroof, a motion-activated power liftgate, and a heated steering wheel.

Nissan Rogue Hybrid SL

The top-of-the-line Rogue Hybrid SL starts at around $32,400. In addition to the SV’s features, the SL comes with a nine-speaker Bose stereo and infotainment system, which uses a 7-inch touch-screen display to showcase features like navigation, voice recognition, and Siri Eyes Free. The SL also comes with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a built-in garage door opener, a 360-degree parking camera, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, memory adjustments for the sideview mirrors, and a motion-activated power liftgate.

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 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid has some positive attributes, but there are also decidedly negative traits that you’ll have to deal with in this vehicle. It finishes in the bottom third of our compact SUV class rankings, which should give you a sense of how it stacks up against the competition. While it does excel in providing good fuel economy, you’re probably better off exploring other options.

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

  • "The real question becomes whether the Rogue Hybrid is better than the RAV4 Hybrid. That's tough. RAV4 Hybrid has plenty of oomph and its own impressive gas mileage – 194 horsepower and 32 mpg combined in its all-wheel-drive version – but both are solid, nicely crafted vehicles. Really, it will come down to final pricing and personal preference." -- USA Today (2017)
  • "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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