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  • 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport SV FWD

    Posted on September 28th, 2017 ninarussin

    Peppy compact crossover for active lifestyles

    By Nina Russin

    2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

    2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

    Although the Nissan Rogue Sport shares the same platform as the larger Rogue, it feels like a completely different car. Not only are the Sport’s overall dimensions smaller, the car is considerably lighter: close to 200 pounds for the Rogue Sport SV compared to the Rogue SV.

    The Rogue Sport’s two-liter engine lags-behind the Rogue’s 2.5-liter block by 29-horsepower and 28 pound-feet of torque, yet it still feels peppier and more agile than its big brother. Bottom line: it’s affordable, fun to drive and big enough to hold the gear we active types like to keep close at hand. As with the Rogue, the compact Rogue Sport is available with front or all-wheel drive.

    2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

    2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

    Base price for the front-wheel drive test car is $23,020 excluding the $960 destination charge. Standard convenience features include roof rails, LED daytime running lamps, keyless entry and start, automatic on/off headlamps, dual-zone climate control, power driver’s seat, 60/40 split folding rear seat with Nissan’s Divide-N-Hide cargo system, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, USB port, Bluetooth interface, satellite radio with Siri Eyes-Free and a rearview camera.

    Options add heated front seats, steering wheel and outside mirrors, remote engine start, NissanConnect with navigation, apps and services, around-view monitor, seven-inch color touchscreen, navigation with traffic and travel alerts, blind spot monitoring and cross traffic alert. Final MSRP is $26,535.

    Test drive in Phoenix, Arizona

    2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

    2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

    Over the past week I drove the Nissan Sport around Phoenix, Arizona’s east valley as well as sections of the Gila River Indian Community south of town. Nissan’s compact crossover is an easy car to live with: plenty of low-end power, quiet interior, versatile cargo area and the infotainment features tech-savvy buyers are looking for.

    The engine’s horsepower and torque numbers don’t tell the whole story. Direct injection and a high compression ratio give the aluminum block excellent throttle response and boost fuel economy to a respectable 28 miles-per-gallon on average according-to the EPA. Though I’m not a huge fan of continuously-variable automatic transmissions, Nissan’s is the best in the industry, giving the Rogue Sport solid, linear acceleration with none of the rubber band feel some competitive units suffer from.

    A four-wheel independent suspension consists of struts with coil springs up front and a multi-link setup in the rear, keeping second-row passengers comfortable. Independent rear suspensions aren’t as compact as the torsion beams some automakers use, but Nissan has figured out how to make the setup work while still maintaining good interior space. Stabilizer bars on both axles keep the chassis flat while cornering.

    2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

    2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

    The test car rides on 17-inch alloy wheels: a step up from the 16-inch steel wheels on the base model. Nissan’s easy fill alert system chimes when the owner reaches the recommended tire pressure, taking the guesswork out of refilling. All grades come with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes.

    Engineers did a good job of tuning the electric power steering system for maneuverability at low speeds with decent on-center response on the highway.

    The optional around-view monitor gives drivers a 360-degree view when backing out of a parking space, while the blind spot monitoring system illuminates LED signals in the A-pillars when vehicles in adjacent lanes pass through the driver’s blind spots. Since the Rogue Sport has rather thick rear pillars and a high narrow greenhouse that limit visibility in some areas, both are worthy investments.

    Versatile interior

    2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

    2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

    By making roof rails and the Divide-N-Hide cargo system standard on the Rogue Sport, designers created a vehicle that can hold four adult passengers in real-life situations that involve carrying everything from groceries, luggage and golf bags to skis and bicycles.

    Dividers that come with the cargo system enable owners to use more of the available rear space, while roof rails make it easy to add crossbars and a roof rack. Because of the car’s relatively high profile, cyclists might also consider a rear-mounted hitch rack.

    I found the power driver’s seat easy to adjust for a clear forward view with plenty of lower lumbar support. Perhaps it is the choice of tires but the Rogue Sport interior seemed quieter than the larger Rogue on certain types of road surfaces.

    Climate and infotainment controls are easy to reach from either front seating position and intuitive to operate. Keyless entry and start saves the driver from having to fumble for the key fob after dark, adding a measure of safety in urban areas.

    Standard safety

    The Nissan Rogue sport comes with six airbags, antilock brakes, traction control, stability control, hill start assist, daytime running lamps and tire pressure monitoring with easy fill alert.

    The versatile Rogue Sport is on display at Nissan dealerships nationwide.

    Like: An affordable, peppy compact crossover with a versatile cargo area and standard roof rails.

    Dislikes: None

    Quick facts:

    Make: Nissan
    Model: Rogue Sport SV
    Year: 2017
    Base price: $23,020
    As tested: $26,535
    Horsepower: 141 HP @ 6000 rpm
    Torque: 147 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm
    Zero-to-sixty: N/A
    Antilock brakes: Standard
    Side curtain airbags: Standard
    Bicycle friendly: Yes
    Off-road: No
    Towing: No
    Fuel economy: 25/32 mpg city/highway

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