The Rogue, which is Nissans long overdue entry into the compact crossover category, is based on the C platform. This is the same chassis as the Sentra sedan. Its agility and over the top styling have helped it wedge into a market where such perennial leaders as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 dwell. The rogue is both longer their either of these two alternative and yet shorter vertically and narrower than both of them.
The first thing to be noticed about the rogue is its styling. This was contrived in California by Nissan Design America and is meant to be evocative a contemporary sporty look. The Rogue has it where it counts too, with four wheel independent suspension and big vented disc brakes all around. With available all wheel drive and 17″ wheels it keeps it power train up the date as well.
The sole engine offering on the Rogue comes in the form of a 2.5 liter four cylinder which develops 170 HP. Interestingly, the sole transmission offered by Nissan for the Rogue is a CVT. Having another option may have helped as many people do not like the sluggishness that a CVT imparts.
Engine: 2.5L I-4
Transmission: Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Models: S, S AWD, SL, SL AWD, Krom, Krom AWD
The Krom model joins the Rogue lineup, adding unique 17-inch aluminum wheels with 225/60 tires, a new front fascia with integrated fog lamps, rear privacy glass, a body-color rear spoiler, and center-mounted exhaust. Based on the Rogue S, the Krom can be equipped with either front- or all-wheel drive, and is available in red, black, and gray paint schemes.
The Rogue is based on Nissan’s C platform, which utilizes plenty of high-strength steel to deliver stiffness and light weight. With an extended 105.9-inch wheelbase and 182.9-inch overall length, Rogue is one of the longest compact SUVs.
Along with 58 cubic-feet of cargo space, Rogue’s interior offers a rear cargo organizer and available leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats (power driver’s), Bluetooth phone capability, satellite radio, and a Bose audio system with seven speakers.
The sole engine option for the Rogue remains a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 putting out 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Mated exclusively to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with available paddle shifters, the 2.5 delivers spirited performance combined with respectable fuel economy. Rogue comes standard with a front strut/rear multi-link suspension, electric power steering, and four-wheel disc brakes.
Nissan fits every Rogue with front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the last for outboard occupants in both rows. The Rogue also gets traction control, stability control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
FWD: 22 mpg city/27 mpg highway
AWD: 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway
- Peppy performance
- Available AWD
- Roomy interior
- Paddle shifters
- MPG compared to competition
- No sat nav
- No backup camera
Fun, roomy, and well equipped
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