The 2017 Rogue Sport is a shorter, sportier version of the popular Nissan Rogue. This is more than just a new trim level for the subcompact crossover and it’s a vehicle you need to put on your test-drive list of you are looking for a small SUV or crossover in 2017.
Nissan offers the Rogue Sport with a 141-hp 2.0L motor and front wheel drive standard, but you can upgrade to all-wheel drive. You get a backup camera, Bluetooth connectivity for calls and streaming as well as satellite radio standard. An optional 7-inch touchscreen offers a more tech-friendly package.
At first Glance, the Rogue Sport appears to look much like the Rogue, but it is a foot shorter in length and it weighs less. It’s also $3,000 less than the established Rogue, which helps in this competitive segment.
Nissan Rogue Sport Price
The Nissan Rogue Sport is $21,420 for the base model. Nissan offers three trim levels including the $23,020 Rogue Sport SV and the $26,070 Rogue Sport SL. Switching to All Wheel Drive bumps the price up $1,350 on each of the models. If you want the 7-inch touch screen, you need to choose the Rogue Sport SV with the $1,500 Premium Package or go with the Nissan Rogue SL which includes the touch screen standard.
Nissan Rogue Sport Trims, Packages & Options
Nissan offers a total of five Nissan Rogue packages you can add to the vehicle to upgrade features, safety, and driver convenience. This varies based on which Rogue Sport trim level you buy.
The Nissan Rogue S Appearance Package is $750 and includes 17-inch Aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires. This is included in the $169 a month lease offer currently available through Nissan.
When you choose the Rogue Sport SV the 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels are included along with push button ignition, keyless entry, power exterior mirrors and a power driver seat. The SV trim level includes two package options. The $920 All-weather Package includes fog lights, heated mirrors, remote start, heated seats and a heated steering wheel as well as a leather-wrapped shift knob. The $1,500 Premium Package includes the following technology and safety upgrades;
The $1,500 Premium Package includes the following technology and safety upgrades;
- NissanConnect® with Navigation, Mobile Apps, and Services
- Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation
- 7.0″ color touch-screen display
- SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link
- Around View® Monitor
- Moving Object Detection (MOD)
- Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
This package includes the must have features that many users will want. The touch screen does not support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, but many drivers want a larger screen on the dash with a newer vehicle like this. Blind Spot Warning is an essential new car feature in 2017.
The Rogue Sport SL upgrades the wheels to 19-inch aluminum allow wheels, includes the Navigation, Mobile Apps and Around View Monitor as well as adds leather-appointed seats. This trim level includes two packages that offer more upgrades. The Platinum Package is $570 and includes Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Emergency braking options. If you are buying the Sport SL, spend the extra money for this feature. Intelligent cruise control keeps you a specific distance from the car in front of you even if they go slower than your cruise control. It’s essential for long drives. The other safety features are also well worth this price.
The Rogue SL Premium Package is $2,280 and includes the following features;
- Power sliding glass moonroof with one-touch open/close and tilt feature
- LED headlights
- High Beam Assist
- Forward Emergency Braking (FEB)
- Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
These features are useful and we definitely appreciate LED headlights, High Beam Assist, and Blind Spot Warning, but the price on this package may prove too much for some buyers to tack on to the top end Rogue Sport.
Nissan Rogue Sport Driving Experience
On our first drive of the Nissan Rogue Sport we took the smaller Rogue out on a street course and found it to be comfortable and spacious inside, but despite the name it’s not the sportiest crossover.
The power from the only engine option is adequate, but acceleration isn’t as quick as you’d expect for something with Sport in the name. That said, the Rogue Sport drives nicely through traffic and definitely feels like a crossover that is ready to tackle a longer drive. It handled well on a twisty road with little clearance on either side while obeying the 25 mph speed limit.
The CVT is good, and you’ll feel simulated shifts so most drivers won’t feel much difference from a car with a normal automatic transmission. Opt for the all wheel drive if you live in a climate with snow.
There is a good amount of space in the backseat, which allows you to fit two adults in the backseat comfortably as long as the front seats aren’t pushed all the way back. The back seats don’t recline like on the Rogue. The rear seats fold down opening up 61.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is still quite good for this size vehicle. There is no optional third-row seat in the shorter Rogue Sport.
We couldn’t test the fuel economy during this short drive, but the Rogue Sport gets 25 city and 32 highway, which is one MPG less than the full-size Rogue. All Wheel Drive knocks fuel economy down to 24 city and 30 highway.
Nissan Rogue Sport Deals
You can Lease the Nissan Rogue Sport for as low as $169 a month for 36 months. and the Rogue Sport SL is $231 a month for a 36-month lease. In addition to the Nissan Sport lease offers, you can get $750 cash back on the Rogue Sport SV.
There is currently a 0.9% APR for 60 months financing offer on the Nissan Rogue Sport plus $750 cash back. Check out more Nissan offers.
Nissan Rogue vs Nissan Rogue Sport Specs
You can use the table from Nissan to compare the Nissan Rogue vs Nissan Rogue Sport.
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