The last time I tested the Nissan Rogue, I was impressed, but little has changed with it in the last couple of years while the competition has released many all new versions of their SUV’s. So does the Rogue still impress me? Let’s find out!
The Rogue debuted as a 2008 model and received a slight refreshment in 2011. It has basically retained the original shape and to me that’s a good thing. It’s not quite as sexy as the original Murano, but it has a pleasing shape and also a bit of its own personality.
Ergonomically the Rogue works very well inside. The interior looks good, and feels good. New in the Rogue is the overhead camera monitor which gives you an overhead view of the entire car. It has two modes and really helps with safety while parking.
The rear will seat three people in relative comfort, while the back seats of course fold down for more room. I was able to carry everything from bikes to tons of groceries as you’d expect from an SUV.
Power comes from a 2.5 liter dual overhead cam 4 cylinder which produces 170 horsepower and 175 lb. ft. of torque. That’s good for a 0-60 time of 8.5 seconds.
Fuel economy is rated at 22 in the city and 27 on the highway. You can expect 24 mpg overall.
Pricing for the Rogue SV AWD starts at $26,050. The $3,900 SL Package adds Heated Leather Seats, Auto Temperature Control, Navigation, Sirius XM NavTraffic, Premium 7 Speaker Bose Audio, Around View Monitor, and 18″ Alloy Wheels. Add the $190 Floor Mat Package and Destination and you are out the dealer door at $30,965.
The Rogue gets an overall 4 star government safety rating, and my test car also had the added safety of all wheel drive. It worked well when I did a short jaunt off road. The differential also has a lock mode which you select to the left of the steering wheel.
Back in 2010, I took the Rogue on a long 1500 mile road trip up to Canada and it was a very pleasing travel companion. It gives you everything you need without being over the top. There’s no decadence to the navigation system or the heated leather seats, but it also doesn’t feel like an entry level SUV. It offers great features at a very fair price, including all weather capability and safety of all wheel drive.
I am definitely still impressed with the Rogue. I think it continues to offer lots of bang for the buck, and it feels slightly more expensive than it actually is with options found on much more expensive cars like Nissan’s own Infiniti QX56. I’m Drivin’ Ivan Katz.
Nissan Rogue Video Review by Drivin’ Ivan Katz