If you're like me, and you are in the market for a midsize SUV, you're doing your research and reading all the reviews from reputable sites. Before I bought my 2017 Rogue SV AWD, I was driving a 2012 GMC Terrain (just so you understand where I'm coming from). The Terrain was a solid but unspectacular vehicle, and I really did not want to venture too far from that size of a vehicle. It gave me just enough trunk space for my German Shepherd, and enough back seat space for kids and adults alike, even those who are vertically gifted. I read a lot about the Rogue not having much power or pickup, and how the steering is sluggish. I also came across reviews where people said the sight lines are poor or they had trouble seeing. I've come to believe that these people were trolls from another car company! I've had my Rogue for two weeks now and I'm extremely impressed. It has all the space I need, it has fantastic torque off the line - so I can pass people when I need to - and I have not had any issues with vision or seeing out of the vehicle. The interior is luxurious, and it almost feels like you're sitting in a Lexus. I bought an SV AWD with the premium sound package and moon roof package. Honestly, I could probably do without both of them, but they're nice to have. The vehicle itself is fantastic and I want to encourage everyone to at least test drive one! I think you'll be as impressed as I was. And I hope my review helps, there weren't many about the 17 Rogues so I want to make sure I get the good word out!
Moving from a FWD Ford Focus 2012 to a 2017 AWD Rogue was a great decision! I tried the MX5, Escape, CRV and RAV4. The Rogue was by far the most comfortable and quiet. If you're someone that isn't concerned about 0 to 60 in 4 seconds and is looking for a vehicle that is fun to drive, comfortable, roomy and loaded with tech...this is your pick! The Rogue has the best tech features. the 7 inch display is nice at the SV level. Be sure to go with the Premium package and you get the best bang for your buck. You don't get the adjusting cruise control and lane assist (that's only on the SL) but you do get Blind Side Warning and full navigation. I'm almost 2 months into driving this and I'm still excited every time I get in. It handles excellent in the snow and the ambient sound in the cabin is almost non existent. I usually drive this in ECO mode and have been getting about 27 MPG which is lower than advertised but I feel as though that is always the case. I've been getting about 30 on the highway. I bought the 6 year 100K warranty and should be in good shape, though I'm not anticipating anything going wrong. I will continue to update!
I test drove the HR-V, Rav4, Forester, Tuscon, and CX-5 before choosing the Nissan Rogue. I purchased the SL w/ Platinum Package. The deciding factor was the intelligent cruise control feature with 0mpg stop & go. This feature is a life changer in big city stop & go traffic. Of the vehicles I test-drove, the forester was the only other vehicle with this feature. The Rav4, and CX-5 had a version of it, but it disabled below 20mph, and the Tuscon & HR-V didn't offer it at all. Overall I am very happy with the quality of my Rogue. The interior seems high-end and comfortable, way more so than the Forester. Nissan needs to look closer at the Owners Manual because the "how to" on the Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention, and the Blind-Spot monitoring System doesn't match up with how it actually works in the car, which has caused me some frustrations. Memory seats, heated steering wheel, Siri-Hands-free are some of my favorite features, as well as the remote control start. The navigation system is ok, not terrible, but like most car navigation systems, it's not great with traffic and requires a few too many "clicks" to get what you need. I traded to the Rogue from an Acura RDX, and so far the Rogue seems on par with the quality I was used to.. The only downside is it's a bit more sluggish than I'd like.
Initially I was looking for an affordable SUV, a Mitsubishi Outlander 2016 it seem like a good deal and had great safety features. Looked around and happened to visit the Nissan dealer just to see what was available. Looked at a 2016 Rogue, seemed nicer than the Mitsubishi but the 2017 Rogue is much nicer plus is a 2017 after. The interior of the 2017 has a more sportier feel to it even the steering wheel is different plus the color of the vehicle is unique. Finally decided that that the 2017 rogue was the one for me. With the features the vehicles has such as eco mode sport mode is teaches the driver how to drive plus the other safety features it has and luxury features like Bluetooth,Xm Radio TPMS for the tires among other. I feel it is a great investment in my part, there is no need to worry about breaking down on the side of the road any time. Just turn the key and drive.
Our 2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD w/Platinum Reserve Package is, by far, the NICEST car we've ever owned - and definitely deserves a much higher, Edmunds rating than just 3 stars. The Rogue exudes quality and truly feels like a luxury car in disguise - and like it should cost a LOT more than it does. We constantly get compliments from everyone around us who either just sees it (it's black with beautiful, silver/black, 19" allow rims, with the tan/camel colored, leather interior) or rides in it. When people do ride in it, they come away supremely impressed and express interest in getting one. And, we continue to be supremely impressed with it, as owners. There's a reason sales of the Rogue are exploding, people. It's a great SUV! I really don't understand all the adoration the CR-V gets. For us, the Rogue is hands-down better. It's more comfortable, more soothing to drive, better-looking, just as roomy and spacious, and has a more flexible cargo system - not to mention having MUCH more comfortable seats and a smoother ride. Plus, Nissan always works with you to get a good deal, unlike Honda. I admit that the Rogue could be a little faster, but it's definitely not objectionable, in the least. The engine is a reliable workhorse, and gets the job done - and with a pleasant, masculine growl to it. Also, the CVT now features "steps" to make it feel more like a regular automatic with much less "drone" - if that's important to you. (I, personally, prefer CVT's over regular automatics - I mean, why would you need to feel gear shifts in an AUTOMATIC transmission, anyway? If you want to feel gear shifts, just get a manual.) It's interesting how Edmunds calls the Toyota RAV4's acceleration "average" for the class, yet calls the Rogue's "slow for the class" even though, literally, only 0.1 milliseconds differentiate the two. Biased much? The Rogue, also, handles very confidently. Does it "feel" as "sporty" as the CX-5 or Escape? Maybe not. But, does a car need to "feel sporty" in order to be considered good? Is it no longer a good-enough car simply cuz it doesn't "feel sporty?" Sometimes, automotive journalists are too jaded. The fact of the matter is that it handles well perfectly safe, especially for an SUV, and it instills confidence. Plus, the handling/performance numbers between all the competitors are all similar to each other (things that make you go: "Hmmm."). Also, the Rogue is, actually, a good off-roader that performs awesomely in the snow! It's AWD system is so good that it only trails behind stalwart AWD systems from Jeep and Subaru (btw, there is nary a mention of AWD performance in all these crossover reviews, which all feature AWD. How is that not an important feature to report on? Hello!) The Rogue's AWD system is superior to the Honda CRV's (outright useless), the RAV4's, the CX-5's and the Escape's. The Rogue TRULY is a great SUV, people, and you'd do yourselves a disservice by simply, automatically and/or blindly going for a Honda, Toyota or Ford without checking one out and driving it - and forming your OWN opinion. Don't let yourselves be influenced by biased, CVT-hating automotive journalists (who, many times, have hidden, money-backed agendas). Go check the Rogue out...you'll thank me for it. ;)