When you sell over 400,000 units of a car, it's safe to charge a little more for it.
Nissan has just announced pricing for the 2018 Rogue Hybrid, and it looks like buyers will be paying more across the board for the popular SUV. Pricing starts at $27,020 plus a $975 destination fee for the base Rogue Hybrid SV with FWD, representing a $815 increase over the 2017 model. The higher trim SL version starts at $32,380, which is $1,255 more than the 2017 model. Adding AWD to either trim costs $1,350. Of course, Nissan has added a host of new features to help justify the increased price for the 2018 model year.
All 2018 models now feature an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, as well as a motion-sensing back hatch. The nicer SL trim also now includes safety features such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warning. Adaptive cruise control can also be fitted on the SV trim with the SV Premium Package. All Rogue Hybrids are powered by a 2.0-liter engine combined with a 30kW electric motor, mated to an Xtronic CVT. The hybrid produces fuel economy of 33-mpg city, 35-mpg highway, and 34-mpg combined for front-wheel-drive models. AWD shaves a few mpg in each category.
Interestingly, Nissan will only sell the Rogue Hybrid in four select markets - West, Northwest, Mountain, and Mid-Atlantic. We reached out to Nissan to discover why the popular Rogue wasn't sold as a hybrid on the East Coast, but have yet to hear back. The Rogue was one of the hottest-selling cars in 2017, with over 400,000 units finding new homes and only being outsold by the Toyota RAV4. Nissan may have a reason for restricting the Rogue Hybrid, but we would be shocked if the company didn't eventually roll it out to the entire United States.