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2017 Nissan Rogue Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Nissan Rogue was new.


Interior: 8.1

Nissan's investment in refreshing the Rogue for 2017 seems to have paid off in spades. The revamped layout and new materials give the Rogue even more of an upscale demeanor, and improvements to the exterior have resulted in a much quieter cabin. Passenger space is quite accommodating, and the included Divide-N-Hide cargo system in two-row models is a favorite among reviewers.

  • "The interior's new materials and excellent touch points (steering wheel, shift knob, buttons) convey a surprisingly upmarket image, one that's backed up with luxurious optional extras and a long list of standard features. And the continued availability of either the slick cargo-management system or versatile third-row seat gives the Rogue an extra ace in its deck compared to other compact SUVs." -- Truck Trend
  • "The dash layout has been updated for a cleaner, more streamlined look. With the air vents flushed and the thick and excessive painted finishes of yore replaced with slimmer, subtler chrome accents, the cabin opens up visually. Without anything overly distracting, the cockpit is well appointed and intuitive." -- New York Daily News
  • "Added this year are adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and mitigation, automatic high beams, and rear cross-traffic alert, while the already-offered forward collision warning adds pedestrian detection. On the less high-tech side, newly available features include heated steering wheel and memory driver seat and mirrors, while the existing power tailgate adds motion detection (you swipe your foot under the rear bumper to open or close it). These added features make Rogue competitive with the best in its class in this regard, another of its strong selling points." -- Consumer Guide


The base 2017 Rogue is a five-seat SUV, with cloth upholstery and two rows of seats. Nissan also offers a third-row seat that you can add to the S and SV models, making the Rogue one of the few compact SUVs that can carry up to seven people. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat are also available.

The second-row seats can recline, slide (with a 60/40 split), and fold (with a 40/20/40 split) and have their own set of rear-air vents on the back of the center console. For child safety seats, tether anchors are available in each of the three seating positions, and the outboard seats both have a lower anchor. The available third-row seat holds two passengers and has a 50/50 split.

Test drivers say the Rogue's seats are accommodating – plentiful in both space and cushioning – with a small faction recommending the upgraded leather seats for extra comfort. While passenger room in the second row is about average, the Rogue really stands out for its third row, offering almost as much legroom as larger SUVs like the Kia Sorento. There are a few complaints about limited visibility – the standard rearview camera and optional 360-degree camera system help with this issue when you are parking.

  • "Nissan offers its Zero Gravity front seats in the Rogue, and we found them to be more cossetting than most. There's good headroom in front but only fair legroom; in back, a higher seat cushion limits headroom under the available sunroof for 6-footers, while legroom is quite good, as is step-in height. In gas models, the rear seat moves fore and aft several inches to balance passenger and cargo room." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Additionally, as appealing as everything looks, the supposedly premium cloth seats of the S and SV trims offer little in terms of comfort. Finding a proper driving position is easy enough with the Rogue offering a standard six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, available power lumbar support and manual tilt-and-telescopic-adjustable steering wheel. However, without needing to drive on the harshest of roads, the cloth seats in the SV AWD model I tested weren't the most supportive and at times felt downright stiff. Perhaps they just needed a breaking-in period but my couple of hours tooling around the Georgian country side was not going to provide that. Opt for the SL's leather-trimmed seats. Its higher price point will reward you with higher comfort. Your back and rear will thank you." -- New York Daily News
  • "Immediately upon setting out along Georgia's two-lane byways, Nissan's efforts to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness are apparent. The 2017 Rogue provides a surprisingly hushed environment at freeway speeds, with only minor tire noise intrusion and some powertrain droning at full throttle. However, it's a big improvement over the 2016 Rogue, accomplished via thicker door glass and insulation, improved tolerances with weather seals, and extra sound-absorbing materials in the dashboard and fenderwells." -- Truck Trend

Interior Features

The 2017 Rogue comes with a nice selection of standard features, starting with a base infotainment center that integrates with your smartphone. It displays your music, map, and various other apps on the 5-inch display and can stream audio over a Bluetooth connection. A USB port, rearview camera, and four-speaker stereo are also standard.

Optional features include a 7-inch touch-screen display, a Bose audio system with nine speakers, Siri Eyes Free, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, a proximity key, push-button start, remote engine start, a 360-degree camera, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

The 2017 Rogue has one of the top interior scores in our rankings of the best compact SUVs. The classy cabin comes with a pleasant array of standard features, headed up by an infotainment system that is easy to use. Test drivers praise the Rogue's high-quality materials and long list of available upgrades.

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  • "The quiet environment allowed us to appreciate the efforts Nissan made to update the Rogue's interior, headlined by the fantastic new steering wheel. The wheel's thick rim and meaty thumb rests felt great under our palms, and the flattened wheel bottom and tiny center section give the Rogue's tiller a very sporty look, one we think Nissan should adopt across the board. Other updated interior materials include a new passenger-side dash cover design, new interior accents, and new upholstery for each trim level." -- Truck Trend
  • "Nissan also took the opportunity to add several new comfort, safety and convenience features. Highlights include the availability of a heated steering wheel, a motion-activated liftgate, intelligent cruise control, forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. SL-package cars also get access to advanced high beam control." -- Left Lane News
  • "By current standards, at least, Rogue also has a relatively simple control layout. The infotainment system has volume and tuning knobs along with a number of physical buttons, with other adjustments – such as station selection – being done on the touchscreen. Climate controls aren't quite as convenient, as only temperature gets its own rotary knob (still the best adjustment device ever invented), while fan speed and mode are by repetitive-step pushbuttons. All controls are placed rather high, and all but those on the far right are within easy reach." -- Consumer Guide


Behind its second row, the Rogue offers more cargo space than any other compact SUV, with a hold that measures 39.3 cubic feet. Fold down these seats and capacity grows to 70 cubic feet, which is also near the top of the class. Space is minimal with the third-row seat in place, however. The Rogue's 9.4 cubic feet is the smallest among 3-row SUVs, though most of these competitors fall under the larger midsize SUV category.

The Rogue's highly-praised Divide-N-Hide cargo system is standard in two-row models, but if you opt for the third-row seat, you'll get a downsized version. It uses two platforms that you can quickly move to create shelves and cubbies and adjust the height of the cargo floor. Adding to the Rogue's storage versatility is a second-row seat that slides and a front-passenger seat that folds so you can haul super-long freight. A power liftgate and hands-free liftgate are available.

  • "First, Rogue offers a lot of really flexible cargo space. Standard on conventional gas 5-seat models is the company's Divide-N-Hide Cargo System. (It's not on 7-seat versions because the 3rd-row seat fills much of that space, as does the added battery pack on the new Hybrid, which only comes in a 5-passenger version.) What it allows you to do is to use the floor panels to make several different storage configurations. In their primary position, the two floor panels sit level with the folded rear seat backs (which makes loading long items a breeze), with a lot of storage underneath. The panels can also be lowered to the floor of the storage area to accommodate taller items. The forward one can be raised to make a high shelf, and they can be set to segment the compartment front to back so that things won't roll around. There's also a compartment meant to store wet items like swim suits." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Thankfully, Nissan didn't abandon the old Rogue's cargo flexibility, offering a unique Divide 'N Hide cargo management system that can be configured in 18 different ways to separate, secure, or hide cargo as needed. We used the two-piece system to create a hidden space for our camera bags when the Rogue was parked." -- Truck Trend
  • "The motion-activated tailgate turns on when a kick motion is detected by the rear bumper sensor and will automatically open and close the door. It takes some target practice though as too swift a kick and you may look silly without a dance partner." -- New York Daily News

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