2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Is a Right-Sized Compact Cute Ute

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What is Nissan’s best-selling vehicle these days? Sentra? Altima? Wrong on both accounts. Car sales have been slumping industry-wide in favor of crossover utility vehicles and the top seller at Nissan is now the Rogue. And that model is now being joined by the new Rogue Sport.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Is a Right-Sized Compact Cute Ute

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport/Images courtesy Nissan

The Rogue Sport is totally new for 2017 and is sized just under the Rogue model. It seats up to five and offers all of the latest Nissan amenities including the Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield that features forward emergency braking with pedestrian braking, lane departure prevention, and rear cross-traffic alert. It arrives in three trim levels – S, SV, and SL and is offered in front- or all-wheel drive formats. Dimensionally, the Rogue Sport is just over a foot shorter overall than big brother Rogue and is about half a foot lower in height.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Is a Right-Sized Compact Cute Ute

Nissan Rogue (top) and Rogue Sport (bottom)

To be perfectly honest, we found little sport in the Rogue Sport, but this sort of moniker seems to be all the rage in the crossover world right now. Our tester arrived in AWD format and SL trim although it did not come with a copy of a window sticker. All new Rogue Sport models are powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder gas engine with direct injection that produces 141hp and 147 lb. ft. torque. This is mated to Nissan’s Xtronic CVT gearbox with Eco mode.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Is a Right-Sized Compact Cute Ute

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David Goodspeed
David was editor of AutoworldToday at Today Newspapers in the Dallas suburbs until its closing in 2009. He was also webmaster and photographer/videographer. He got started doing photography for the newspaper while working as a firefighter/paramedic in one of his towns, and began working for the newspaper group full-time in 1992. David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. On the average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.