Since 2008 when the Rogue came out, I drove it a few times and was somewhat ho-hum about it. It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great, it was just OK. The problem was there were many other great choices. That all changed in 2014 when the Rogue got larger and was completely redesigned.
One thing you have to love about Nissan is the standard technology it puts in its vehicles. The rearview camera on my test vehicle is exceptional. Nissan Connect is a great multi-media package that gives you connections on-screen for Facebook and Google. Everything runs from a large screen mounted in the middle of the dash. Hooking to the Bluetooth for your phone is simple and quick. The navigation system is easy to operate and has vivid colors.
Under the hood you have a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine putting out 170-horses, but with the CVT (continuously variable transmission) it feels like more. This combination also results in exceptional fuel economy.
The Rogue SV comes nicely equipped with power seat, keyless entry, automatic temperature controlled air, power windows and door locks, steering wheel controls, and much more.
This vehicle has the Premium Package, which is an excellent value for $1590. You get the navigation system, power lift gate, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and rear object detection. This one has the 3rd row seat for an additional $940. Be warned, if you go with the 3rd row seat package, it is strictly for children, it is very tight. The 3rd row folds up and down easily and opens the rear up to a very nice cargo area.
I like this SUV a lot, especially for the price, and considering the fuel economy it gets. It has a little more road noise than I like, but it is tolerable. In the small SUV segment, Nissan finally has a contender.
What I liked most: Fuel economy and overall value.
What I would change: I would prefer a quieter interior.
MSRP: Base price $24,490. As equipped $28,170.
Fuel Economy: 26 City/33 highway/28 combined.
Odometer reading when tested: 5580 miles.
Weight: 3420 Pounds.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 gallons.
Towing Capacity: 1000 pounds
2015 Rogue in a few words: A nice SUV, and a great value.
Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty with roadside assistance.
Car Pro Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Manufacturer’s website: http://www.nissanusa.com/crossovers/rogue