2017 Nissan Rogue Review, Seating Capacity, 3rd Row

Exciting updates are on tap for the 2017 Nissan Rogue, including 3rd row seating on select models as well as adaptive cruise control with forward collision mitigation. The extra seating capacity and advanced safety options compete with shortcomings such as less than optimal visibility and acceleration that feels like it should be stronger than it is. However, the price point is very attractive and the seats are about as comfortable as you can find.

In This Guide

Seating Capacity & Configuration

The Rogue can seat 5 or 7 depending on whether the optional 3rd row is selected. The back seats in the 2nd row feel extra spacious, and include their own air vents which should help mitigate many road trip arguments.

3rd Row Room

A new 3rd row seating option on the S and SV models increases passenger capacity, but lacks the ability to tether car seats in the back row. Passengers in the 3rd row may also find the legroom lacking, and tall riders will probably find the seating cramped. Electing for the 3rd row will also mean choosing the more basic cargo configuration, and fans of the Rogue’s exclusive Divide n Hide cargo system might not want to trade that for the extra seating.

What’s New for 2017?

A new interior package (Platinum Reserve) has been added which upgrades the upholstery with quilted leather. Remote ignition and a hands free liftgate have also been introduced, along with an exterior refresh and optional heated steering wheel. Star Wars fans may elect for the Rogue One Limited Edition package featuring logos and door sills imprinted with Star Wars branding, along with a Death Trooper helmet.

Driver seat memory, increased sound insulation and a hybrid option round out the 2017 Nissan Rogue updates. The hybrid leaves a bit to be desired with the smaller cargo capacity (due to the battery location) but the increased MPG helps balance that out.

Trim Levels, Options & Pricing

The Rogue has 3 trim levels and thoughtfully offers interchangeable options between the tiers. Buyers can also customize their vehicle with various feature packages.

The S Level starts out the lineup, with a rearview camera and sliding/reclining rear seats providing a strong showing for a base level compact SUV. The super adept Divide n Hide cargo system is available at this trim level, providing the buyer hasn’t opted for the 3rd row seating option. MSRP comes in at an impressive $23,820 for FWD and $25,170 for AWD.

Less than $100 more than the AWD S Level, upgrading to the SV level yields heated front seats, an upgraded sound system and blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alert. Keyless ignition is included along with roof rails and heated mirrors. The panoramic sunroof rounds out the tier. Adding AWD to this package takes the MSRP to $26.590.

The jump to the SL level is a bit more steep, but brings value with the higher price tag. Starting at $29.960, buyers get larger 18 inch wheels, a universal garage door opener and surround view camera. Upgrading to the SL also allows the option of a Bose audio system with 9 speakers and automatic high beams.

Interior Design & Seating

It would be hard to find a comparable vehicle with more comfortable seating, especially for front seat passengers. Back seat riders aren’t shorted though with the personal air vents, spacious legroom and reclining capability. Rear passengers also benefit from extra large door openings allowing for easy entry and exit.

Thicker door glass and expanded sound insulation increase the ride comfort for all passengers, and the 2017 Rogue cruises in style providing an easy ride that is likely to be a plus for drivers with a long commute. Ergonomics are addressed with multi-position seating for the driver and easy to reach controls, with the exception of the turn signal and navigation systems. Drivers might also be annoyed by the glare resulting from the hood design, and the poor rear visibility. Luckily, the rearview camera comes to the rescue to aid drivers navigating tricky situations.

The cargo area outshines most competitors by providing owners with multiple configurations and an outstanding 70 cubic feet of space with the seats folded. A number of small storage spaces are scattered throughout and, while one might wish for larger cup holders, it’s hard to want for more with the Rogue’s interior design.

Performance and Powertrain

Interior comfort only goes so far, and drivers will quickly notice the slow acceleration and obvious delay in responsiveness after pressing the gas pedal, likely a result of the Rogue’s continuous variable transmission. 0-60 takes over 9 seconds which is very low compared to other players in the compact SUV segment. Braking distance is average, if not a little too close for comfort in sudden stops. Stability control is a strong counterpoint to these issues by providing a smooth ride over variable road conditions.

Drivers may be willing to overlook these shortcomings in favor of the decent gas mileage. EPA rated at 25/32, the Rogue outranks many of its competitors in this metric. Those trying to keep up in speedy or stop and go traffic might find this little comfort. AWD reduces the estimated gas mileage by 2 mpg.

Safety Features

With a 4 star Overall crash rating from the NHTSA, the Rogue ranks high in the areas of side crash, side barrier, and combined side barrier and pole ratings. Rear and side-mounted airbags contribute to this, as do the blind spot monitoring (SV level and above) and antilock brakes. Safety conscious buyers might want to elect for the SL package to receive the lane keeping assist and front fog lights.

Driving Impressions

High points of driving the Rogue include comfort, stable handling and quality sound system. Passengers are also happy to tag along for the ride as their needs haven’t been forgotten. The Rogue could stand to improve the acceleration, braking distance, and rear/side visibility. Addressing these points would improve the Rogue’s standing amongst the competitive compact SUV market.

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