2017 Rogue SL AWD


Nissan has done a refresh on the 2017 Rogue and given it an all new front end, back end and revised interior. I've seen many great reviews for the Rogue and hear it is popular with shoppers so I look forward to testing it out this week.

Disclosure: Nissan Canada provided me with the 2017 Rogue SL AWD for a week to test drive, and photograph. All photos in this blog post was taken by me.


  • 170 HP @ 6000 and 175 lb-ft @ 4400 
  • 9.1 seconds 0-100 km/hr 

brAKING: 8.5/10

  • Good braking due to the lighter curb weight

HANDLING: 6.8/10

  • Found it a bit squishy and soft compared to the CX-5

RIDE: 8.5/10

  • Very comfortable ride. It does a good job of absorbing road imperfections

ECONOMY: 8.5/10

  • 25/32 MPG (City/Highway)
  • CVT and small engine makes it very efficient


  • Nissan improved the insulation and it shows when driving. Probably the best in class in terms of noise dampening in the cabin.

EXTERIOR: 7.5/10

  • The front and rear end have been refreshed which is reasonably stylish
  • Rear has a flat angle allowing it to have more cargo space


  • Driver and passenger seat mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags for side-impact and rollover head protection for outboard occupant
  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW) 
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Intelligent Lane Intervention
  • Intelligent Cruise Control
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system (ELR for driver)
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tire pressure display and Easy-Fill Tire Alert
  • Immobilizer Key System
  • Anti-theft System
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors
  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Automatic Emergency Braking (P-AEB) with Pedestrian Detection
  • Moving Object Detection (MOD)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones and reinforced passenger compartment
  • Hood buckling creases and safety stops
  • Break-away engine mounts and energy-absorbing steering column
  • Slide-away brake pedal assembly and knee bolsters
  • Pipe-style steel side-door guard beams


  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Power lumbar support
  • Very roomy, good for tall drivers
  • Uses a combination of soft and hard touch plastics
  • 360 degree camera is useful for parking
  • Living in Canada, the heated steering wheel is a nice feature
  • Steering wheel has a flat bottom which feels nice
  • The centre console feels old
  • After being spoiled by all the technological advanced cabins, this car definitely feels dated in that department compared to rivals
  • Driving dynamics are similiar to previous generations


  • Rear seat comfort is excellent do to the large vehicle size
  • If you have a big family you can even have an optional 3rd row 
  • Only vehicle in the segment that offers a 3rd row!
  • Panoramic sunroof is great to let in light to the back
  • Stadium style seats where the rear passenger seats are higher than the front
  • 2 USB parts available in the back too!


  • Found it strange the tailgate release is under the license plate instead of above which threw me off. From a user experience stand point it is an awkward location to place it
  • However the cargo storage is terrific and practical
  • Storage bins is a nice feature


  • Very dated in terms of graphical interface
  • Using the system feels clunky
  • No Android Auto or Apple CarPlay


The 2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD is roomy and comfortable with an enticing price. It is the only vehicle in the segment that offers an optional 3rd row! The mediocre acceleration, and not as polished interior cabin make me feel shoppers should also check out other class leading vehicles in the segment like the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 to compare the difference for themselves. If you're on a budget and need a roomy and practical vehicle, the Rogue could be a good choice. It is aggressively priced making it attractive for consumers.