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2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

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2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Expert Review

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The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is a smaller and more affordable version of the compact Nissan Rogue. We mean that literally: The dash is identical, and it offers many of the same tech and safety features, but in a package lacking the larger rear seat, available third row, and bigger cargo space of its bigger brother. Basically, it takes the already successful Rogue -- it's the best-selling car in its class -- and makes it "fun size" to go head-to-head with other small SUVs like the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Chevrolet Trax. We wish it had more power and more modern technology -- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't available -- but we're betting plenty will find the Rogue Sport's smaller size just right.

You'll Like This Car If...

Nissan likes to say that the 2017 Rogue Sport appeals to childless individuals or couples who want the extra space and capability of an SUV, but without the added bulk. If that's who you see in the mirror, it's right up your alley.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you think an SUV of any sort should boast some off-road capability, you might want to check out the Trailhawk versions of the Jeep Renegade and Compass. If you want something smaller, there's the Honda HR-V, or the Chevy Trax if you want Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

How It Ranks

#4

out of 11

Fuel Economy

#9

out of 11

Horsepower
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What's New for 2017

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is an all-new vehicle to the U.S. market, having been available overseas as the Nissan Qashqai. It's based on the bigger Nissan Rogue, sharing many of its interior components and style, but in a smaller and less expensive package than the Rogue.

Driving the Rogue Sport
Driving Impressions

In car language, adding "sport" to the name is something like making a "fun-size" candy bar: all the same flavor in a smaller package. That's certainly the case in the...

... 2017 Rogue Sport. With 141 horsepower under the hood, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and a suspension that's tuned to be neither too soft around corners nor too firm around town, the Rogue Sport walks the right line between comfort and control, and acceleration and fuel economy. Acceleration isn't stunning, considering that 141 horsepower has to haul around 3,225 to 3,380 pounds of Rogue Sport, depending on model. But aside from passing on the freeway the drivetrain showed little resistance to the usual duties of getting around town. At freeway speeds noise levels were nicely controlled as well, allowing easy conversation. The Rogue Sport benefits from its bigger sibling by feeling more substantial than many competitors, without feeling bulky.

AROUND-VIEW CAMERA
Nissan was one of the first manufacturers to debut an around-view camera, and it continues to expand the technology through its lineup. Even in a smaller vehicle like the Rogue Sport, the ability to see a bird’s-eye view of your vehicle when parking is exceptionally useful.

DIVIDE-AND-HIDE CARGO
The cargo area on the Rogue Sport uses a set of movable shelves, allowing you to customize how your cargo area is configured. Lower both shelves to lower the floor, or use one as a divider if you like. Sometimes it's the little things, right?

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Details
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport photo Interior

Seeing that the 2017 Rogue Sport is a Shrinky Dink version of the Rogue, it's no surprise that the Rogue Sport's interior design strongly resembles its larger cousin. The dash layout, center console, front door panels and much of the interior trim are all virtually identical to the Rogue, and the Rogue Sport offers similar front-seat interior space. The rear is a different story, and the shorter wheelbase translates to less rear-seat room and less headroom than the bigger Rogue. However, all the interior dimensions are in line with the Rogue Sport's competition, including its 22 cubic feet of cargo space.

Exterior
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport photo

Nissan has done a commendable job making the 2017 Rogue Sport visually distinct from its larger cousin, despite sharing common Nissan styling cues like the V-motion grille and angular taillights. The Rogue Sport is bigger than most of its competitors as well, closer to the Jeep Compass than the Honda HR-V. Still, we like the tidy proportions of the Rogue Sport. From the side and rear especially, the Rogue Sport looks tidy and tightly styled, thanks to touches like the up-kick in the rear side glass, fog lights and available 19-inch wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport S comes standard with Bluetooth phone integration with Siri eyes-free, a rearview camera and Nissan's clever Easy Fill Tire Alert, which honks the horn once the tire pressure has reached the correct level. You also get air conditioning, manual cloth seats, remote keyless entry, and cruise control. Also standard are 16-inch alloy wheels and LED accents in the headlights. The only engine is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Optional Equipment

The mid-level Rogue Sport SV adds larger 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, push-button start, a 6-way-power driver's seat, and dual-zone climate control; a premium package adds blind-spot detection and the around-view monitor. The top-level SL gets 19-inch wheels, fog lights, remote start, Nissan's Around-View Monitor bird's-eye-view camera system, navigation, leather on the shifter, and heated steering wheel and seats. Option packages include a Platinum package that adds intelligent cruise control, lane-departure warning and prevention, and emergency braking with pedestrian detection on SL models. Unfortunately, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not currently available on the Rogue Sport.

Under the Hood

You can have any engine you want in the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, as long as it's Nissan's 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that puts out 141 horsepower. It's routed to either the front wheels (FWD) or all four wheels (AWD) through a continuously variable automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive system on this SUV, however, is set up for foul weather and dirt roads, not true off-roading. The little engine delivers decent power, and even though it's not what we'd call quick, pretty much everything in this class suffers from the same complaint. Fuel economy is good, although it trails the EPA estimates for the Honda HR-V.

2.0-liter inline-4
141 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
147 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/32 mpg (FWD), 24/30 mpg (AWD)

Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a base 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport S starts at about $22,380 when you include the $960 destination charge. The SV starts around $24,000, and the SL is just over $27,000. That's for front-wheel drive; the all-wheel-drive system adds $1,350 to each model. A fully loaded Nissan Rogue Sport SL with AWD will run about $28,400. A loaded AWD Rogue Sport SL with the Premium and Platinum packages will run more than $30,000. Base prices are on par with the Mazda CX-3 and Chevrolet Trax, but that's a couple thousand more than a loaded Honda HR-V. Before buying, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price calculator to see what others in your area are paying for their Rogue Sport. As an all-new vehicle, it's too early to tell what resale values will be on the Rogue Sport.

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