The biggest allure of the 2017 Nissan Rogue is the tech inside

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Business Insider in December dubbed the Acura NSX the Car of the Year, but there were several other cars we loved – even if they didn’t make our finalists list.

One such car is the Nissan Rogue that I took for a spin in November.

The Rogue, which has had three years of sales growth since 2014, is expected to become Nissan’s top-selling vehicle. As a fairly loyal Subaru driver, I decided to take the revamped 2017 model for a spin and see what all the fuss was about.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue feels luxurious while still acting as a comfortable, easy-to-drive crossover. Scroll down for a closer look:


I will be the first to acknowledge that it’s difficult for me to fall in love with a crossover SUV outside Subaru. Considering the Forester was my very first car, I’ve somewhat succumbed to the mind-set that if you’re looking for an affordable crossover, that’s the way to go.

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But there’s plenty to be excited about with the 2017 Nissan Rogue, which starts at a base price of $23,820. I took a spin in the SL Premium model that costs $31,310, which I consider reasonable given all of its perks.

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For those familiar with the Rogue, the 2017 model comes with a revamped front fascia that includes integrated fog lamps with the bumper. It’s a powerful look without being ostentatious.

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The SL Premium model in which I took a spin has an output of 170 horsepower with 175 foot-pounds of torque and came with all-wheel drive. The pick-up getting onto the highway was decent enough — nothing out of the ordinary for a crossover. The braking was notably smooth while still remaining responsive, though.

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For a smaller SUV, it offers plenty of trunk space. You can actually lift up the base of the trunk to store flatter objects if you really want to maximize space.

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The Rogue SL comes available with the Platinum Reserve Interior Package seen here. The tan seats come with special quilted leather inserts that definitely up the ante in terms of driver comfort.

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But when we’re talking about what sets the Nissan Rogue apart, it’s the tech on the inside. The car comes available with memory for the driver’s seat that automatically kicks in as soon as you turn the car on.

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The steering wheel comes with standard auxiliary controls that are easy to get the hang of after a few hours of driving. You can elect to get a heated steering wheel as well.

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The NissanConnect navigation system is great in many ways but lacking in others. It comes on a 7-inch touchscreen display — similar to what you’d see in other crossovers.

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The touchscreen is extremely easy to use. It autofills in destinations so you’re not spending a ton of time tapping on the touchscreen. It also always calculates based on the fastest route.

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But it is a bit more robotic in giving directions than others on the market, like Subaru’s Starlink. The Starlink navigation system was better at giving more accessible directions, like telling you to turn after two lights rather than spitting out street names. Nissan’s navigation wasn’t as helpful in that regard.

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But something I did like about Nissan’s navigation system was that it gave clear directions in the virtual driver’s instrument in addition to the display. This made it easier to see where I was in relation to coming turns. That little display also highlighted other useful information, like letting you know if a door wasn’t fully closed.

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NissanConnect also comes with rear-traffic alert that will display the view behind you when you enter reverse. I didn’t find the satellite image on the right particularly helpful in any way and could have done without it taking up screen space. But the actual reverse guidance on the left was helpful and responsive.

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The Nissan Rogue’s blind-spot warning tech is commendable. A button inside the car will glow yellow as soon as a car enters your blind spot. It’s way easier to see, and therefore react to, than blind-spot warnings that come on side-view mirrors.

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The Rogue also comes available with lane-departure warning, intelligent cruise control, and forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection.

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And it also comes with a compact key fob with basic commands that needs to be inside the car to start it up.

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Though the tech wasn’t perfect in every regard, it all worked together to make driving over the George Washington Bridge (connecting Manhattan and New Jersey) and on busy highways really easy. Little touches like directions in the virtual driver’s instrument and the blind-spot warning set this crossover apart from its competitors. Altogether, the systems are very intuitive and easy to use without requiring outside guidance or assistance.

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A hybrid option is available with an output of 141 horsepower and 144 foot-pounds of torque. It has a 30 kilowatt electric motor rated at 40 hp, but there’s no word on its all-electric range.

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All around, the Nissan Rogue is a comfy crossover SUV with great visibility and lift above the road. It comes available with some sweet tech perks that more than make up for the added price. It’s a great car for the everyday driver looking for something with a bit more edge than the typical crossover.

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