Nissan debuted the Rogue Hybrid in January of this 12 months and, by the point it lately arrived within the Roadshow HQ storage, I would completely forgotten about it. With solely a 5 or 6 mpg benefit over the usual Rogue (and solely 2 mpg higher on the freeway), it would not look very thrilling on paper and is, truthfully, a reasonably forgettable and gentle enhance that simply bought misplaced amidst a bigger midcycle styling improve.
Then once more, theis definitely a reasonably good start line with fairly good efficiency, cargo space, effectivity and tech. It is not my favourite selection within the class, however it’s nonetheless a really stable choose. So, even a gentle bump in efficiency and effectivity ought to go away the Rogue Hybrid in a reasonably good place, even higher contemplating our 2017.5 Nissan Rogue Hybrid SV is simply $1,000 greater than the non-hybrid SV AWD mannequin.
Electrifying the Rogue
The most important change that involves the Rogue Hybrid occurs beneath the hood, the place the two.5-liter commonplace engine has been changed with a smaller 2.Zero-liter mill that makes 141 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. The smaller engine is mated with an electrical motor that provides 30 kW to the occasion (about 40 hp) and 118 pound-feet of torque.
The hybrid system’s mixed peak output of 176 horsepower is 6 ponies greater than the bigger commonplace gasoline engine, however it feels much less torquey. Since, Nissan would not state peak mixed hybrid torque — hybrid math is not so simple as including the pound-feet — I am unable to verify my suspicions. I famous that the Hybrid feels much less responsive off of the road than the usual Rogue, however I am undecided if the ability prepare or the additional weight (about 200 kilos) is guilty.
Within the preliminary instantaneous of acceleration from a cease — when the e-motor operates alone — the Hybrid feels form of wimpy and hesitant. Solely when the gasoline engine kicks in does the SUV begin to really feel alive and keen to stand up and go. What actually tweaks me about this energy prepare is the inconsistent throttle really feel round city. Beginning with not sufficient pedal off the road and ending up with a hair an excessive amount of throttle when the gasoline engine kicks in, leading to a sudden lurch of acceleration. It is mildly annoying, however not the tip of the world and with a lot persistence I ultimately discovered the place the Hybrid’s candy spots had been.
Like the usual Rogue, the Hybrid is predicated on a front-wheel drive structure, however is on the market with an elective all-wheel drive system. Checking that field brings the FWD Hybrid’s EPA gas financial system estimates of 34 metropolis, 33 freeway and 35 mixed mpg right down to 31 metropolis, 34 freeway and 33 mixed — a few 2 mpg drop throughout the board. That stated, I ended my relaxed week of testing at a disappointing common of about 26 mixed mpg.
Whatever the chosen energy prepare, all Rogue fashions function Nissan’s Xtronic Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT), which eschews mounted gear ratios in favor of infinitely variable ratios. Nissan has confirmed that it may possibly construct CVT with the usual Rogue and it is simply nearly as good right here on the hybrid, with not one of the looking and rubber banding that are likely to plague this lesser examples of this drivetrain.
A bit much less cargo capability
The usual Rogue is a reasonably spacious little SUV. So spacious that there is even an choice for a third-row seat. The Hybrid mannequin, not a lot, because of its lithium-ion battery pack.
The financial institution of batteries lives beneath the ground of the rear cargo space the place the usual mannequin’s Divide-N-Cover (rolls eyes) space for storing could be. Which means that the Hybrid loses about 12 cubic ft of most cargo capability and cannot be outfitted with the Household Bundle third-row seating choice. It is nonetheless bought a really respectable 27 cubic ft of trunk to your junk behind the second row, so it is not a complete loss, and the remainder of the cabin is simply as spacious because the non-hybrid.
Talking of the remainder of the cabin, I’ve bought one small nitpick with the Rogue Hybrid’s ergonomics. General, it is a snug place to sit down, however Nissan has tucked a lot of the buttons for the all-wheel drive system, liftgate, drive modes and driver support methods beneath the dashboard on the driver’s left knee. They’re nigh unattainable for me to see down there with out craning my neck, which is ok for many of them. I am not going to be opening the liftgate on the freeway. Nevertheless, I simply did not perceive why at the very least the drive mode buttons — which are supposed to be pressed whereas driving — weren’t on the middle console the place they could possibly be reached with out trying too lengthy away from the highway.