2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

Pros

  • Lots of available tech and safety features
  • Impressive cargo space for the class
  • Comfortable optional seats, both front and back

Cons

  • Underpowered engine
  • Noisy CVT transmission
  • Bumpy ride when equipped with the optional 19-inch wheels
Nissan Rogue Sport years
2017


Which Rogue Sport does Edmunds recommend?

Right in the middle of the Rogue Sport model range is the SV trim level, and that's the one we'd recommend. The SV comes standard with the upgraded six-speaker stereo, dual-zone climate control and keyless ignition, but it's also possible to equip it with most of the SL trim's optional extras such as the 7-inch touchscreen, a 360-degree camera and navigation. Also, the SV comes with 17-inch alloys instead of the SL's larger 19-inch wheels, which should improve ride quality.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

With increasing shopper demand for crossovers, Nissan has decided to bring a new nameplate to the American shores: the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport. Smaller and less powerful than the standard Rogue, the new Rogue Sport seats five passengers (no optional third row here) and has decent cargo space, with a lower profile than the standard Rogue and sleeker looks. Essentially, it's an even more compact version of the already compact crossover.

Despite its size and fairly entry-level position in Nissan's SUV lineup, the 2017 Rogue Sport still offers an impressive roster of available safety equipment, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, collision detection with emergency braking, and a surround-view camera. Rare features in the segment, these options help the Rogue Sport stand out.

So while it has its virtues, there are several competitors out there that give Rogue Sport a run for its money, especially rivals from Honda and Mazda. We recommend a test drive of the Rogue Sport, but make sure you include some of its top rivals on your short list as well.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport configurations

The new 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV with three trim levels: S, SV and SL. The S trim is pretty basic in terms of equipment with steel wheels and a small 5-inch center console screen. The SV and SL get items such as dual-zone automatic climate control and a hands-free liftgate. All versions of the Rogue Sport come standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (141 horsepower, 147 pound-feet of torque) and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that sends power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is optional.

Standard feature highlights for the Rogue Sport S include 16-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a 5-inch infotainment display, and a four-speaker CD player with USB input and satellite radio.

The SV trim adds a few creature comforts and upgrades such as 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, automatic headlights, keyless entry and ignition, a cargo management system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-way power driver seat and a six-speaker audio system.

The top-of-the-line SL trim includes 19-inch wheels, automatic high beams, foglights, heated mirrors, remote start, a hands-free liftgate, leather upholstery, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a universal garage door opener, a 7-inch touchscreen, a surround-view camera system, NissanConnect emergency and convenience telematics, Siri Eyes Free iPhone control and a navigation system.

Some of the top-level features are also available on the S and SV trims as options. The SL Premium package adds a sunroof, LED headlights, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The SL Platinum package adds adaptive cruise control with forward collision mitigation and pedestrian detection as well as lane departure warning and lane keeping assist.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our First Drive of the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport SL (2.0L inline-4 | CVT automatic | AWD).

Driving

While it isn't the liveliest compact crossover on the road, the Rogue Sport has decent handling capabilities. Poor responsiveness from the underpowered engine and the CVT automatic dampen the experience.

Comfort

Though it isn't as comfortable as its big brother, the standard Rogue, the Rogue Sport has well-cushioned seats on the top trim levels and a generally quiet cabin at cruising speeds. It should do well on any long journey.

Interior

From behind the driver's seat, you'll have a hard time telling whether you're in a Rogue Sport or a standard Rogue. Both interiors use high-quality materials and have solid construction. Front and rear legroom are generous enough for adults.

Utility

When it comes to cargo space, the Rogue Sport is about in the middle of its class. It has 22.9 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats and 61.1 cubes with the rear seats folded. Small-item storage (cupholders, door pockets, etc.) is average.

Technology

This may be an entry-level crossover, but it doesn't skimp on tech. It gets many of the same features the bigger Rogue does, which is a big plus in this smaller class of vehicle.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Great Technology!
Jordan,08/21/2017
The Rogue Sport is the only vehicle in the segment that I know of that offers emergency forward braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist. There is more value in the SL trim level as well when compared to the highest EX-L trim level on the Honda HR-V. For the roughly the same price you get all the features of the Honda plus: 19 in alloy wheels, 360 degree camera with moving object detection, dual climate control, and a heated steering wheel. From a more subjective standpoint I think the Rogue Sport looks better cosmetically inside and out.
Perfect car
DB,06/05/2017
I actually considered the Honda HR-V considering that I have bought hondas in my past. when you compare the Rogue sport to the HR-V the only thing that the HR-V is better than the Rogue Sport is that it has better fuel economy. The above review is foolish. Nissan is a very reliable brand. My family all drive Nissans and have had good experiences with them all. I bought this because it has better technology, more comftorable, more saftey features and a lot more room. NIssan is the better choice.
Underpowered, Comfortable, Affordable
Chris M,01/06/2018
Purchased a year-end 2017 Rogue Sport last month. I was looking for something with a bit more room and a bit more comfort than my previous car (an Elantra GT hatchback). I was tired of driving a manual transmission car in the city (my dog was *really* tired of it). It's only been 500 miles, but I really think I've made a good choice. The interior is much better than I'd expect from a sub-$20k vehicle. The fuel economy is quite good. The handling . . . well, it's not sporty, but it's nowhere near as dreary as I was afraid it might be. You can also change the level of power steering assist, if you prefer a heavier feel. The one downside, and it is a CLEAR downside, is the engine. There's putting it nicely -- the Rogue Sport is seriously underpowered. I don't write that because I think every vehicle on the road needs to be a twin-turbo, twin-exhaust racer. The Rogue Sport doesn't need a 240hp turbo. But it needs more than than a 140hp 2.0 liter. My unsolicited advice would be to use a 1.6 or 1.8l turbo in the base model(s), for a bit more torque, and use either a 2.0l turbo or the 2.4l engine from the regular Rogue in the higher trim levels. Then we might be in 5-star territory. As it is, the Rogue Sport is very good . . . *if* you can deal with the engine. 4 stars.
This is a GOOD Rogue
Bob Snead,04/05/2018
This Rogue Sport is all I ever wanted in my SUV. The power is adiquate, but the interior road noise is very low at highway speeds. The gas milage is acceptable, but the technology is really ahead of the CR-V, and the Nissan wins again in the "looks" department over Honda. You won't be sorry if you buy this vehicle.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$23,020
MPG
25 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
141 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$26,070
MPG
25 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
141 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$27,420
MPG
24 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
141 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$22,770
MPG
24 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
141 hp @ 6000 rpm
See all 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport features & specs

Safety

Our experts’ favorite Rogue Sport safety features:

360-Degree Around-View Camera
Gives you a bird's-eye view of what's happening around the car for easier and safer parking maneuvers.
Lane Departure Warning
Warns you when the vehicle is drifting out of its lane without using the turn signal.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Helps prevent an accident by warning the driver of approaching vehicles while the car is in reverse.

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More about the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

Part of a relatively new but increasingly popular segment of compact crossovers, the 2017 Rogue Sport is a smaller version of the standard Rogue. The Rogue Sport has its strengths, but it also has some tough competition in what is quickly becoming a very competitive class.

Like its bigger compact crossover brother (and like most Nissans), the Rogue Sport comes in three simple trim levels: S, SV and SL. Each have varying degrees of tech and safety equipment as well as some added creature comforts. While the base-level S trim isn't exactly bare-bones, you shouldn't expect much in the way of luxury. It comes with 16-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, manual seat adjustments and a small 5-inch touchscreen. Basically, this is the value model. If you're looking to get into a spacious hatchback-size crossover without spending too much money, this is a good start. It's worth noting the Rogue Sport only comes with one engine, and all-wheel drive is available on every trim level so you won't be missing out on any extra performance at the bottom of the trim-level ladder.

Next up is the SV trim, which is the one we'd recommend thanks to its generous standard equipment and the abundant options that are available. Standard features on the SV include bigger alloy wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-way power driver seat and a six-speaker audio system. It may not be the most abundantly equipped SUV on the market, but the Rogue Sport SV certainly has a respectable amount of features. And if you'd like, you can purchase multiple packages that add most of the SL's equipment.

Finally, at the top of the ladder, there's the SL trim, where all the sought-after safety gear starts to come into play. A surround-view camera system, NissanConnect emergency and convenience telematics, Siri Eyes Free iPhone control, and a navigation system are all standard on the SL. And if you so desire, you can get items such as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with forward collision mitigation and pedestrian detection, as well as lane departure warning and lane keeping assist. Most of the Rogue Sport's optional safety equipment is rare in this segment, which certainly helps it stand out.

Unfortunately for the Rogue Sport, it isn't as economical as some competitors. While base prices may be competitive, the relative equipment levels and fuel economy are a bit below average. If you consider the Rogue Sport against larger, more expensive crossover that have less available safety equipment, then the pricing starts to make a bit more sense.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport certainly has its virtues, though. A quiet ride, excellent seats and impressive cargo space all keep it competitive at the very least. Whatever compact crossover catches your eye, be sure to check them all out on Edmunds and we'll help you find the perfect one.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Overview

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is offered in the following submodels: Rogue Sport SUV. Available styles include SV 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), SL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), SL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and SV 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT).

What do people think of the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Rogue Sport 3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Rogue Sport.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

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