The Rogue continues as Nissan’s top-selling model, making up 23 percent of the automaker's total sales in 2016. While it’s not for every buyer, this sort of success comes as no surprise with its thrifty fuel economy, well-equipped trims, and competitive pricing.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2017 Nissan Rogue lives in a competitive market, and pricing is a big driver for potential buyers. At a base price of $24,760 (destination fees included) for the S trim, this crossover is aligned with most of its key competitors and includes:

  • Seventeen-inch steel wheels with wheel covers
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Sliding and reclining rear seats with a 40/20/40 split-folding ability
  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Four-speaker audio system with a 5-inch touchscreen

Buyers looking for a third row of seats can opt for the $1,190 Family Package, which also adds tinted rear glass and low-rolling-resistance, run-flat tires.

Performance Pros

Nissan Rogue

While it’s inexpensive and not known as a performer, the Rogue is smooth, comfortable, and efficient.

  • The continuously variable transmission has simulated gear shifts to make it feel a little more like a traditional transmission.
  • Smooth and accurate performance from the Rogue’s electric power steering.
  • Impressive fuel economy at up to 26 miles per gallon city, 33 highway, and 29 combined.

Performance Cons

  • The 170-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and CVT are getting long in the tooth.
  • Under hard acceleration, the Rogue’s powertrain is quite noisy.

Interior Pros

  • The Rogue’s seats are surprisingly supportive in the front and rear, making it a comfortable road-trip crossover.
  • The front passenger seat folds flat, allowing cargo up to eight feet long to slide in without an issue.
  • This is one of the smallest crossovers available with a third row, opening it up to larger families.
  • There's up to 70 cubic feet of cargo room and a crafty underfloor storage area for additional room.
  • The available 360-degree camera system makes parking the Rogue a piece of cake.

Interior Cons

  • The third row, while great for young kids, has nowhere near enough space for older kids.
  • There are not many premium options without moving up through the trim levels.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Even the Rogue's lowest trim level is plenty comfortable to tackle a long-distance trip without much fatigue. This only gets better as buyers move up into higher trims with even more features.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The powertrain is just so dated. With its competitors moving to more potent turbo engines that don’t sacrifice fuel economy, the Rogue struggles to keep pace.

The Bottom Line

The Rogue is a solid crossover for value-oriented buyers. Its base model is priced just right and is well-equipped, while its higher trims don’t encroach on ridiculous pricing and bring even more features to the table. With that said, buyers looking for a more engaging crossover will likely be best suited elsewhere.