The Nissan Rogue is one of the top contenders in the compact wagon segment and will likely gain strength with the addition of a gasoline-electric model. The Hybrid arrives with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine working in tandem with a 30-kilowatt electric motor and supporting lithium-ion battery pack to produce a combined 176 horsepower. That’s six horses more than the gas-only Rogue makes. Both models employ a continuously variable transmission (including a Sport mode for snappier performance), are available in front- or optional all-wheel-drive and in five- or available seven-passenger variants. The occasional-use third row is a tight squeeze for adults, but kids should find it comfy enough. Physically, the Hybrid benefits from the same makeover that regular Rogues receive, including new and front- and rear-end redesign, a revised interior and more available active safety features. It also benefits from an estimated fuel-economy rating of 33 mpg city, 35 highway and 34 combined (FWD). For comparison, the gas-only Rogue gets 26/33/28. The Rogue now matches the Toyota RAV4 with a hybrid option in the compact wagon class.
Both the Nissan Rogue and the Nissan Rogue Sport will be on display.