This compact sport-utility vehicle comes in three trim levels powered by a 2.5-liter engine. This four-cylinder engine is connected to a continually variable transmission that can power the front wheels or – in the case with my test car – all four wheels.
I tested the top-of-the line SL model with the premium package, which had a panoramic moonroof, upgraded LED headlights and Nissan’s latest semi-autonomous features. The Rogue’s 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine delivered enough power around town but was a bit leisurely accelerating to highway speeds. That being said, the tradeoff in performance is offset by the Rogue’s fuel economy: I averaged about 27 mpg in an even mix of local and highway mileage.
The ride was a nice compromise of comfort and handling, with only the worst roads causing the ride to become unsettled. The steering was light at low speeds, firming up at highway speeds. Overall, it felt slightly artificial. This model also had lane-departure correction, smart cruise control that maintains speed and distance between other vehicles, and automatic emergency braking.
A touch-screen display has buttons and knobs to allow for fewer distractions. The interior is upscale, with quality materials and features you would once only find in a luxury vehicle. The leather seats are well-designed and comfortable, and drivers of all sizes should be able to find a comfortable seating position. The remote vehicle start and heated steering wheel and seats were welcome during my cold-weather test drive. The cargo area grows to 70 cubic feet with the rear seat folded, and a hands-free power lift gate makes for easy loading.
The Rogue by Nissan is a stylish and comfortable small SUV. Depending on the trim level, it can rival any luxury vehicle.
Price as tested: $36,915
Engine: 4-cylinder 170 HP