The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport made its Texas debut at the Houston Auto Show this week and it’s got a lot to offer in its refreshed compact body. For starters, the Rogue lost 12” in the new Sport package. Every body panel on the Rogue Sport has been decreased in size and is unique from the traditional Rogue. The only part of the Rogue body that stayed the same is in the side mirrors.
With the Rogue being one of the larger of the compact CUVs, the Rogue Sport brings easier inner-city handling and maneuverability by providing the same size wheel base as the Rogue on a 12” shorter vehicle. Even the front grill has been updated to a more narrowly compact and aggressive style. It is a tiny bit lower to the ground than the traditional Rogue but still maintains that high driving position making it easy to get in and out of. The high driving position makes the driver feel more in command on the road. It’s available in 10 exterior colors including a few vibrant colors like Monarch Orange, Nitro Lime, Palatial Ruby and Caspian Blue.
On the inside of the Rogue Sport, you’ll notice some high quality touches like the satin foam finishes and stitched leather. The first things I noticed when I got in the driver’s seat was the D-shaped steering wheel and a new curve to the dashboard. The Rogue Sport features the Divide-N-Hide® Cargo System offering reversible trunk-floor panels in the rear cargo area. The versatility of this vehicle continues in its ability to fold the 2nd row seats down in multiple configurations giving the driver lots of extra storage and cargo space.
I’m a bit of a nerd, so the available technology always pulls me in. With the available NissanConnect℠ Services, parents have the ability to set boundaries that will notify parents if their teen drivers are driving outside the range that’s been set. It also comes with hands-free text messaging assistant so you can deal with text messages without taking your eyes off the road. The Rogue that I drove was equipped with a Bose Stereo System and sounded really nice.
As a woman, I love the sound of the Easy Fill Tire Alert. This is a tire pressure monitoring system that alerts you when your tire pressure is low even letting you know which specific tire is down. The vehicle beeps its own horn when you are at the right pressure as you are re-filling the air. This brings new meaning to the phrase, “tooting your own horn.” Ha, did you get that? I had no idea this technology existed.
Some other features that peaked my interest in the Rogue Sport were:
- NissanConnect℠ with Navigation featuring Online Search with Google™ so you’ll never get lost with voice guided turn-by-turn directions. In addition, NissanConnect Services Valet Alert will let you know if the valet drives your vehicle more than 0.2 miles away.
- Intelligent Cruise Control helping the driver to keep pace with the flow of traffic. This technology maintains and adjustable set distance between you and the car in front of you. As traffic slows down or speeds up, the Rogue Sport responds to those speeds.
- Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection helps the driver squeeze into tight spaces using four cameras to give a virtual, 360º bird’s-eye view of the vehicle. The driver can also use the selectable split-screen close-ups on the central display to select views of the front, rear, and curbside angles individually. The system goes a step further to send a visual and audible alert when it detects moving objects near the vehicle.
- Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
- Blind Spot Warning
- Lane Departure Warning
- Lane Departure Prevention
- Active Engine Braking
The Rogue Sport has a 2.0-liter, 141 horse-power engine with 147 lb-ft of torque making it very competitive with other vehicles in its class. Now, you’re not going to be able to tow anything with this vehicle, but you will get about 25 – 30 mpg. The Rogue Sport is available in late spring for starting at around $20,000 with 3 trim packages available: Rogue Sport S, Rogue Sport SV and Rogue Sport SL in all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive configurations.
2017 ROGUE SPORT S
5 Seats /4 Doors
- Advanced Drive-Assist
- Sporty D-Shaped steering wheel
- RearView Monitor
2017 ROGUE SPORT SV
5 Seats /4 Doors
- Includes S features plus:
- 17″ Aluminum-alloy wheels
- Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition
- Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)
- 6-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar
2017 ROGUE SPORT SL
5 Seats /4 Doors
- Includes SV features plus:
- 19″ Aluminum-alloy wheels
- NissanConnect SM with Navigation, Mobile Apps, and Services
- Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection (MOD)
- Leather-appointed seats