Introduced in May 2018, the Rogue Hybrid is no longer available in the United States.
Nissan recently announced pricing of the 2020 Rogue, but did not mention the hybrid version at all in the press release. According to Autoblog, that’s because it has been dropped from the lineup – and Nissan spokesman Kevin Raftery confirmed the news to the publication.
The decision was made due to the car’s poor performance in the market. While Raftery did not provide numbers, he said the hybrid version accounted for “a small part of the overall sales mix for Rogue.” He added that Nissan USA will focus its efforts on the Rogue and the facelifted 2020 Rogue Sport.
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Priced $2,800 higher than a regular Rogue, the Hybrid does not offer that much in return. It is only 5 mpg more efficient on the EPA’s combined cycle than the regular model which means a driver would only save approximately $200 a year in fuel costs, so it would take 14 years to break even on gas savings. Small wonder buyers weren’t that interested, then…
The launch of the all-new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is probably another reason for the Rogue Hybrid’s demise. The Toyota in AWD configuration returns 7 more miles per gallon than the equivalent Nissan version, making the choice between the two models a no brainer.
In any case, those who still want a Rogue Hybrid can still get it as there are many 2019 models available. The Rogue Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an electric motor and a CVT for a combined output of 176 HP.