Buyers would be hard pressed to find a hybrid crossover with as much to offer as the Nissan Rogue Hybrid and at such a low premium compared to its gas powered sibling.
Of course there’s the fuel savings and we’ll get into that later, but acceleration for the Motor Trend tested SL AWD model clocked in a 0-60mph time of 9.1 seconds. That’s close to the nonhybrid version’s time of 9 seconds, and though some may scoff at how slow it seems, for those who are trading up from older SUVs the Rogue Hybrid will feel fine.
On the inside, the Rouge has a good 27.3 cubic feet of cargo space though some may find the load floor a bit high with the Divide-N-Hide cargo floor. Nissan makes up for it by giving us spacious and vented second row seats, the most comfortable door-mounted elbow rests in its price range, and cozy front seats.
Then there’s the manufacturer provided EPA-rating of 31/34 mpg city/highway for the AWD trim and 33/35 mpg for the front-drive Rouge Hybrid, which is a substantial improvement compared to the nonhybrid versions. Using a $150,000 gas analyzer to get some real-world mpg numbers, Motor Trend found those numbers to be slightly inaccurate as their Rogue Hybrid AWD test vehicle results were 27.8 mpg city and 29.9 mpg highway.
Still, the 2017 Rogue Hybrid offers good value at about $1,000 more than its gas equivalent.