Here are a few good reasons for Nissan to bring, as the name in the rest of the world goes, Qashqai in the United States. The first is that crossover boom took place in the last few years. Second is that in Europe Qashqai is best-selling Nissan model. And while we’re at it, we must defend Nissan. For U.S. Japanese carmaker chose Rogue Sport instead of Qashqai, not as some news spread that Nissan thought that Americans will have trouble pronouncing Qashqai. The real reason is that they wanted to cash in the success of its bigger sibling Rogue. This SUV had a constant rise in sales from year to year from 17.808 in 2007 all the way to record a number of 329.924 in 2016. But is 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport just smaller version of its bigger brother?
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport – Design
Well as a matter of fact it is. It goes away from funky segment like Toyota CH-R, Jeep Renegade, or even Nissan’s own Juke. But Rogue Sport definitely isn’t boring. With attractive design, sharp creases, meaningful detailing and with optional 19-inch wheels, it gives the Rogue Sport more upscale look. The only connection to “awkwardness” is an offer of Monarch Orange and Nitro Lime exterior colors. Then again, it’s on offer for younger buyers. Rogue Sport isn’t small either. Although being smaller than Rogue, it’s bigger than Honda HR-V. Being 172.4 inches long, the closest competitor is Jeep Compass.
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport – Three Trim Levels
The interior is nicely trimmed, especially when low prices are in mind. And for a low price, the buyer gets quite a lot. In base S trim, the buyer gets a rearview camera, Bluetooth, cruise control, USB port and HVAC vents for rear seats. The second, SV trim will equip the Rogue Sport with 17-inch wheels, 6-way power driver seat with 2-way lumbar support, automatic headlights, proximity entry and power side mirrors with LED signal indicators. The top SL trim comes with 19-inch wheels, Nissan Connect navigation and apps, and Around View Monitor with a detectable moving object which works up to 5mph. There is also leather wrapped and heated steering wheel, leather shift knob, and leather seats.
The downside, however, is that Rogue Sport comes with the rather small infotainment system, only 5-inch one. Even with optional 7-inch infotainment system limits the functionality while neither one has Apple CarPlay or Android Auto support. This could be a turn off for young, tech-savvy buyers.
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport – One Engine
There is only one engine available for Rogue Sport. It is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. And while for Canada the name Qashqai for their market remains they also retain the six-speed automatic transmission while U.S. only option is CVT. FWD is standard across the lineup, but for every trim, there is optional AWD for $1.350 extra. We also thought that with Rogue Sport being 200 pounds lighter than big Rogue, it will come with better fuel consumption. But it comes with worse. With FWD smaller Rogue has 1mpg worse fuel economy. If we’re going to judge safety for Rogue Sport since it’s based on bigger brother, we expect only the highest marks. But we must wait for the IIHS to evaluate this small SUV.
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport – Price
New Rogue Sport already sits on the dealerships slots waiting for their buyers. Trim information and price are available in the table below. This addition to the Nissan lineup will surely be successful since competition is for now small, only Jeep Compass is a serious competitor.
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