Nissan Releases 2017 Rogue Sport Five-Seat Crossover Pricing
Small SUV Slots Underneath Rogue at $2,400 Discount
Nissan announced pricing of the 2017 Rogue Sport crossover today, revealing a small SUV that will start at $22,380 (including the $960 destination charge). That price, which nets the consumer a base Rogue Sport S FWD crossover, represents a $2,380 discount compared to the equivalent Rogue model.
Stepping into an SV will cost $23,980 with destination, while a top-dog SL will demand $27,030. All-wheel drive adds $1,350 to the bottom line, meaning the most expensive Rogue Sport will cost $28,380 before options are added. The price parity between the Rogue SL and Rogue Sport SL is even wider than lower trim levels, with the Rogue Sport asking nearly $4,000 less of the buyer than its larger brother.
This could be due to equipment differences, although the Rogue Sport will still be available with forward emergency braking and collision detection, blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, and lane departure prevention. The little SUV will also be one of the first in the subcompact segment to offer radar-based adaptive cruise control (after the Mazda CX-3).
The Rogue Sport rides on a 2.3-inch–shorter wheelbase than the larger Rogue, and it’s just over a foot shorter overall. Width is nearly identical, though maximum height falls by nearly six inches. Those smaller dimensions make the Rogue Sport a more attractive offering to small families and urban dwellers who don’t need the space found in the Rogue. Compounding the appeal to that demographic is the Rogue Sport’s downsized I-4—a 2.0L unit that makes 141 hp and 147 lb-ft—mated exclusively to a CVT transmission. Losing half a liter compared to the regular Rogue should give the smaller, lighter Rogue Sport improved fuel economy without sacrificing too much performance.
The obvious disadvantage of the Rogue Sport is its smaller interior. Headroom front and rear is commendable, but the Sport loses 4.5 inches of rear legroom and 5.2 inches of rear hip room compared to the Rogue. Also, the Sport is a strict five-seater—bid adios to the regular Rogue’s (very small) third row.
However, though maximum cargo space is down in the Sport, it doesn’t lose any of its bigger stablemate’s versatility. A 360-degree Around View Monitor is available, as is Nissan’s innovative Divide-N-Hide cargo management system. The latter features two reconfigurable panels that either rest flat on the floor or form arrangements to keep valuables hidden, prevent loose objects from sliding, or separate dirty or fragile cargo from the rest.
As such, singles, newlyweds, small families, and empty-nesters should fit in the Rogue Sport just fine, and its trimmer, nippier styling will appeal to fashionable young things on a budget. And thanks to those aforementioned savings, we’re sure Nissan’s popular SUV family will continue to provide strong competition to other crossovers on the market.