That Nissan’s mid-size five-seater Rogue SUV has been the brand’s most popular model in recent years is hardly shocking. That it’s placed a solid second in the entire SUV/crossover segment’s sales standings for years – and now claims the top spot despite vying for buyers against the better-known Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4 – is.
The Rogue is available in conventional gasoline-powered (covered elsewhere) or gasoline-electric hybrid forms, with both sending power to the front or all four wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Two Hybrid trims are available, priced at $27,995 and $33,355 for the FWD SV and SL, respectively, with all-wheel drive a $1,350 upcharge.
What's New for 2018
Though the Rogue Hybrid is only in its sophomore year, Nissan’s nonetheless made significant improvements to the model. The standard features list has grown to include a motion-activated power liftgate for both trims, an updated NissanConnect infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and an additional USB port. The SV’s standard safety suite has also grown to include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning and assist, while an adaptive cruise control system has been added to the Premium Package.
Choosing Your Nissan Rogue Hybrid
Despite the “regular” Rogue’s sales success, Nissan has chosen to make the hybrid version available in its “four key US market areas: the West, Northwest, Mountain, and Mid-Atlantic regions.” That’s not to say Midwesterners, for instance, can’t buy them; it’s more that they shouldn’t count on their local dealer having any.
Regardless, the Hybrid Rogue is powered by an automatic stop/start 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine that produces 141 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque coupled to a 30-kW electric motor fed by a battery pack beneath its rear seats. Together, they can put out a net total of 176 hp – six more than the regular Rogue’s 2.5-liter inline-four – to the ground through Nissan’s Xtronic six-speed CVT.
In front-wheel-drive form, going Hybrid adds $1,000 to the MSRP of the SV and $1,200 to SL. It also adds several hundred pounds, but, despite either Hybrid’s weight “penalty,” its zero-to-60 mph time is within the same nine-to-10-second range as all Rogues.
But, as it’s a hybrid, that’s not the set of numbers most consumers focus on. According to the EPA, the FWD Rogue returns 26 miles per gallon city, 34 mpg highway, and 29 combined, while the AWD gets 25/32/27 mpg (city/highway/combined). The heavier Rogue Hybrids, on the other hand, are EPA rated at 33/35/34 mpg and 31/34/33 mpg, respectively.
Apart from all-wheel drive and niceties like leather upholstery and a panoramic moonroof, choosing a 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid comes down to the selection of tech. Need navigation? It’s $30,865 in an SV with the Premium Package. Want what’s available safety-suite wise? That’s $33,355 to get into the FWD SL Hybrid.
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