It's funny, I remember driving a 2010 Rogue last summer and thinking that it was a pretty smart choice for someone looking to buy a smallish crossover at a reasonable price. So I figured I'd think the same about this new 2011 model. Imagine my surprise when I looked at the price and saw that it's nudging right up against the $30,000 mark. So, what is it on this vehicle that's worth an extra $6000 over the previous Rogue we tested?
First and most obvious, the SL package, which costs almost $4000 and includes leather upholstery, the nav system, 18-inch wheels, and XM satellite radio, among other things. The other $2000 can likely be chalked up to the fact that this is an SV model (the previous Rogue we tested was the base S model.
Like with last year's model, I still feel that the Rogue fits me perfectly. I like the fact that the Rogue has a high seating position and a not too high step-in height. And all-wheel drive is always nice when the weather is crappy, as it is right now in Michigan. However, at close to $30,000 it's not quite as attractive a proposition as it is at about $24,000.
- Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor