By Autoreviewman

For 2017 the popular Nissan Rogue compact CUV arrives with a fresh restyle and a number of interior improvements. The Rogue still has the stylish cheeky looks keeping it fresh and attractive in what is a very competitive sector. It also comes with a third row rear seats option.   The same power plant as before is the only engine available, a 170 horsepower 2.5-litre four-cylinder unit with continuously variable transmission (CVT) that has been improved and Nissan says is 10 per cent more efficient than before The SL AWD model we tested (base priced $35,698) ups the ante with 19 INCH alloy wheels, automatic climate control, fog lights, power sunroof, trailer hitch pre-wiring, navigation system with Around View Monitor, Intelligent Key with pushbutton start, auto up/down driver’s window, auto-dimming Rear-view mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors, dual-level console tray, luggage side hooks, cargo light, six-way power driver’s seat, leather upholstery and fold-flat  front passenger seat. Our tester also came with the Reserve package with premium tan leather seats with unique quilted inserts ($500) The Platinum package  ($400) with intelligent cruise control, lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, Forward emergency gracing, pedestrian detection, high beam headlights and 4 way power passenger seats.   In addition Nissan equips the Rogue with the full suite of safety features, including an antiskid system, traction control, four-wheel disc brakes a with antilock and airbags all around (front, side and overhead). Small but useful standard features include a trip computer integrated with readout for average fuel consumption, average speed, and elapsed time and outside temperature. Cruise control and steering wheel controls are also standard on all Rogues. For hauling cargo, the rear 60/40-split/fold bench seat is standard The refined, speed sensitive power steering offer good confident handling. In fact, the steering is much tighter and more precise than the previous model. In terms of the AWD system, it uses a 70/30-power split with an AWD Lock option that turns off when you exceed 40km/hr.

Fuel economy is rated at 9.6 l.100km in the city and 7.4 l/100km on the highway. Other competitors in this class are roomier, but in- vehicle storage is fine and the Rogue just look better, and feels more “together” and classy. It is also more fun to drive. In the market for a SUV or CUV with personality? The Rogue fits the bill nicely.

2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD base priced from $35,698. Price as tested with options/freight and PDE $38,528