The Nissan Rogue is a comfortable crossover that finds that perfect middle ground between an SUV and a traditional wagon. It has the elevated seating position that draws many consumers to SUVs but is still low enough to avoid the high, awkward step-in height that afflicts many sport-utes. As such, entry and egress is more of a side-step, even for the vertically challenged like me, and loading cargo into the rear hatch requires less effort than most of its truck-based competitors.
This relatively low center of gravity combined with a fairly responsive chassis makes the Rogue feel more nimble than many others in its class, too. It's not as agile and tossable as its corporate cousin, the Infiniti EX35, but its base price is also $10,000 less than that car. This Rogue S is a decent value at $23,735 which includes all-wheel drive and the 360 Value Package. At only $1040, the 360 Value Package is a fairly cheap way to get the useful rearview camera and also add some exterior bling: 16-inch wheels, a rear-hatch spoiler, privacy glass, and a chrome grille.
Even with these exterior additions, I still find the Rogue's exterior a bit bland. From the pictures I've seen of the 2011 model though, this has been addressed by giving it some harder lines much like the Murano. It does have a pleasingly sleek overall shape though that helps it stand out from the herd, and in the crowded crossover segment, that's important quality to have.
- Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor