Review: 2015 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

Tuesday May 5th, 2015 at 2:55 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

2015 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

By David Colman

Hypes: Furnishings Belie Price, Spacious Smart Interior
Gripes: Needs More Motor, Real Gearbox, Thinner & Less Obstructive A Pillar

Because Nissan redesigned the Rogue last year, the 2015 version remains unchanged, save for the enticing new shade of Arctic Blue Metallic paint that graced our test vehicle. Combined with a fetching almond leatherette interior highlighted by replica carbon fiber inserts on doors and dash, the Rogue looks substantially more expensive than its affordable base price of $29,630. After a week which saw us put this Versa-based crossover to repeated transit tasks, we developed a growing affection for its all purpose usefulness.

For example, seating for five adults is well looked after, both front and rear, with ample knee room in back, and plump stuffed front buckets with 3 stage heating elements an unusual standard feature. For $1,045 extra, you can order your Rogue with a third row pair of seats (called the “S Family Package”), converting the Nissan into a true 7 person transporter (but you lose your spare tire). Contributing significantly to the airy ambience of the cabin is a vast “Power Panoramic Moonroof” that opens up the interior like an Amtrak lounge car. This sliding and tilting unit is included in Nissan’s $1,990 SL Premium Package,” which brings such other refinements as auto-leveling LED headlights and a bevy of warning chimes to alert you to blind spot lurkers, lane deviation, impending front collision, and detection of moving objects. The chime note selected by Nissan is restrained enough to be informative rather than annoying.

2015 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

In addition to its people hauling proclivity, the Rogue is exceptionally adept at transporting large and bulky items. On one run, we slipped a pair of sizeable rugs from IKEA into the aft compartment, noting with pleasure the low loading deck height, as well as the presence of an automatic tail gate lift which can be remotely controlled from the key fob. Later in the week, we discovered how easily a bicycle could be stowed after dropping the 40/20/40 second row seats flat without needing to consult the owner’s manual for guidance. In many such ways, this Nissan is an intuitive and useful companion. At no extra cost, it’s loaded with a bevy of convenient features, from its keyless entry, and auto stop/start ignition switch to its dual zone automatic temperature control.

2015 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

Unfortunately, the Rogue is not loaded with horsepower nor torque, and since Nissan offers but one power train, you’re stuck with a 170hp engine making just 175lb.-ft. of torque. The standard continuously variable transmission (CVT) does nothing to alleviate the problem, since you can’t even slot it into a proper gear to maximize acceleration. Nissan offers what they term Sport and Eco modes for this “Xtronic” CVT, but the Sport button is little more than a placebo offering no noticeable extra performance. Likewise, if you position the CVT in the “M” setting, engine rpm and ambient noise both soar without any appreciable increase in thrust. Though the Rogue is based on the Sentra platform, with identical length and wheelbase numbers, the big difference is weight. The SUV weighs 3,590 lb. versus just 2,835 lb. for the Sentra. The Rogue’s burdensome power to weight ratio of 21 pounds per horsepower explains its lethargic straight line performance. The upside of the equation is this Nissan’s excellent fuel economy, with an EPA rating of 28 MPG overall.

2015 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

The Rogue is softly sprung and thus comfortable over speed bumps, potholes and other road surface irregularities. But the price you pay for ride comfort is somewhat sloppy handling. In NASCAR parlance, the Rogue exhibits a fair amount of “push” in corners, with the front end’s grip departing so early in the curve that you’ll want to lift your foot off the accelerator to re-establish equanimity. The Dunlop Grandtrek ST30 tires (225/60R18) are partially responsible for this behavior, providing limited grip, and making a lot of noise in the bargain. But really, if you’re looking for an SUV that puts the emphasis on “sport” rather than “utility” you won’t be shopping for a Rogue. Rather, this Nissan tips the equation heavily in favor of utility. Where else can you buy a compact SUV with so many practical virtues for a base price under $30,000? Will Rogue carry a bike in the back? Check. Will it carry 7 people? Check. Will it post a freeway mileage rating of 32 MPG? Check. If you want to save money when buying an all purpose hauler, and have no interest in zippy performance, the Rogue will punch your ticket.

2015 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

  • Engine: 2.5 liter DOHC inline 4
  • Horsepower: 170hp
  • Torque: 175lb.-ft.
  • Fuel Consumption: 25 MPG City/32 MPG Highway
  • Price as Tested: $32,480
  • Star Rating: 7 out of 10 Stars

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2012 Nissan Rogue SV FWD Review

Wednesday July 25th, 2012 at 8:77 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

For: Bargain Buy-In, Interior Spaciousness
Against: Horrid Xtronic CVT, Dunlop Tires Noisy on Concrete

The Rogue is small enough to handle with agility but big enough to pass the mountain bike test. This car-based SUV crossover weighs just 3,428 lb. which is notably light for an SUV. Yet its generous interior affords up to 58 cubic feet of storage space, with a hatchback door opening just wide enough to slip a mountain bike inside the cargo area.

Based on Nissan’s 4-door Sentra platform, the Rogue shares the sedan’s 105 inch wheelbase as well as its 2.5 liter, 16 valve, 4 cylinder motor. The Rogue inherits the Sentra’s nimble performance characteristics, as well, especially when you ugrade to the optional ($3,900) SL package which replaces standard 17 inch rims with 18 inch alloys. These larger wheels mount 225/55/R18 Dunlop Sport SP 7000 tires which react quickly to input through the Rogue’s fat leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Of course, the SL package includes a host of other upgrades. It improves night vision thanks to the addition of foglights and high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps. The package provides a diminutive 5 inch, touch screen, color monitor for the Nissan Navigation system (reading glasses not included). In addition, you’ll enjoy a 7 speaker Bose Premium audio system with XM satellite radio and NavTraffic reports. Finally, the SL upgrade brings you heated leather front seats, power sliding moonroof, and a bevy of cameras to record external surroundings on the dashboard monitor.

When equipped like our test model, the reasonably inexpensive $29,005 Rogue does a very good job of imitating an expensive luxury station wagon. Although you could add optional all-wheel-drive to the Rogue, there’s really no need for AWD’s extra weight and poorer economy unless you live in the snow belt. The FWD Rogue returns a commendable 23 MPG in city driving and 28 MPG on highway jaunts.

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2011 Nissan Rogue Review and Video

Saturday October 1st, 2011 at 7:1010 AM
Posted by: gmchan_66

Video from Consumer Reports
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2011 Nissan Rogue
By Dan Tsuchiya

Pros:

  • Great mileage
  • Sporty Handling
  • Decent Value

Cons:

  • Lackluster acceleration
  • Suspension a little crude below 20 MPH
  • Seating not as comfortable as the competition

Sport utility vehicles, especially the front wheel drive kind, are essentially station wagons for those who don’t want to be seen in a station wagon.  Whether it’s the perceived ruggedness or the more sporty looks, small SUVs have been a hot market for young urbanites ever since the RAV-4 and CRV entered the scene many years back. With gas prices remaining high and car shoppers looking to downsize with the recession, this segment of SUV’s has continued to blossom over the past few years.

We recently received the slightly redesigned Nissan Rogue SV front wheel drive, which comes with new bumpers that give the sport utility a less egg-shaped profile and gets rid of the Pokemon face, a criticism of the earlier Rogue. Does the redesigned Rogue SV make the grade in the $25,000 and under field of cute-utes? Read on…..

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2011 Nissan Rogue SV FWD Review

Tuesday July 12th, 2011 at 11:77 AM
Posted by: the911guy

2011 Nissan Rogue
By Dan Tsuchiya

Pros:

  • Great mileage
  • Sporty Handling
  • Decent Value

Cons:

  • Lackluster acceleration
  • Suspension a little crude below 20 MPH
  • Seating not as comfortable as the competition

Sport utility vehicles, especially the front wheel drive kind, are essentially station wagons for those who don’t want to be seen in a station wagon.  Whether it’s the perceived ruggedness or the more sporty looks, small SUVs have been a hot market for young urbanites ever since the RAV-4 and CRV entered the scene many years back. With gas prices remaining high and car shoppers looking to downsize with the recession, this segment of SUV’s has continued to blossom over the past few years.

We recently received the slightly redesigned Nissan Rogue SV front wheel drive, which comes with new bumpers that give the sport utility a less egg-shaped profile and gets rid of the Pokemon face, a criticism of the earlier Rogue. Does the redesigned Rogue SV make the grade in the $25,000 and under field of cute-utes? Read on…..

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Video Review: 2011 Nissan Rogue vs. 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Monday December 13th, 2010 at 3:1212 PM
Posted by: Derek

Mitsubishi redesigned the Outlander Sport for 2011, but can it go toe-to-toe against the more established sport ute – the Nissan Rogue? Watch the video as Ryan and Aaron take these city crossovers deep into the forest on a holiday challenge and drive over some real terrain more challenging than a urban street riddled with potholes.

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2010 Nissan Rogue SUV Krom Special Edition

Friday October 30th, 2009 at 7:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Following on the heels of the Cube Krom, Nissan has decided to release a Rogue SUV Krom Special Edition version of its 2010 Rogue SUV. The factory-prepped Cube Krom, that came out earlier this year, was enough of a hit for Nissan to justify the presentation of a similar special edition version of its Rogue crossover. Going on sale at Nissan’s U.S. dealers in December 2009, the upcoming Rogue Krom will feature a host of cosmetic upgrades such as a unique grille treatment and a new front bumper with fancy side air-inlets. It will also get 17-inch brilliant finish alloy wheels with P225/60R Continental 4×4 Contact tires and a new rear bumper that has been restyled with integrated center-exit twin tail pipes.

Other goodies include a body-colored rear spoiler and exterior mirrors. Nissan has tinted windows and added Krom emblems as well as installing steering wheel-mounted audio controls to complete the equipment modifications. The Krom Special Edition Rogue which is based on the ‘S’ trim model.

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2008 Nissan Rogue Review: Stealing the Market for Small, Spunky SUVs

Wednesday March 5th, 2008 at 6:33 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2008 Nissan Rogue
By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Gutsy 4-cylinder engine
  • Confident handling
  • Sleek, bold exterior style
  • Excellent value

Cons:

  • Yo-yo for a transmission
  • Less than spacious interior
  • Poor rearward visibility

Small SUVs have become one of the fastest growing segments of the car industry, selling over 300,000 units last year. With gas at over $3 a gallon, it’s no wonder people are looking for cars that offer increased cargo room and all weather capability, yet don’t suffer much when it comes to fuel efficiency. The only surprising thing is that some of the major car companies still don’t offer a model to compete in this lucrative niche. For Nissan, that finally changes this year with the introduction of the all-new Rogue, a crossover SUV that seats 5 and offers optional all-wheel drive. Fortunately, the Rogue lives up to its name and should steal some thunder away from the competition. Read the rest of this entry »

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