Nissan's popular Rogue SUV remains a solid choice
Nissan came out with the Rogue compact SUV back in 2007, and it immediately became the best-selling vehicle for the brand, and one of the most popular compact crossovers on the market. That happened because the Rogue offers the features that buyers want, at a price they can afford. Nissan has been careful to maintain that balance over the last 15 years.
The Rogue has been redesigned twice since it came out. The first time in 2013, and the second in 2020, refreshing the SUV for the 2021 model year. That makes the Rogue one of the newest designs in the compact SUV space.
Evidence of the recent design is found in the visual cues. The Rogue bears the Nissan standard V-shaped grille and has a chrome trim strip that runs along the windshield and over the side windows, making it appear as though the roof is floating over the rest of the vehicle. Nissan gives the Rogue some sculpture to the body, and the engineers delivered a more aggressive stance and rough-and-ready presence than prior generations had.
Nissan outfits the Rogue with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, rated at 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque. That's up from 185 horsepower in the older 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine returns 28 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway, which is excellent for this class of SUV.
All Rogue models come equipped with Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmission, and this was the source of our one complaint. In order to keep the three-cylinder engine in its power band, the CVT has to handle most of the acceleration. That gives the Rogue a "rubber band" feeling and an acceleration lag when you're stepping on the gas. Pay attention when you're test-driving the Rogue, and you'll know if it's going to bother you.
You'll get the same engine and transmission with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. For Northwest buyers, we recommend spending the extra $1,400 to get AWD for our winter weather. Also note that you can tow a trailer with the Rogue, up to 1,500 pounds, when you get the dealer-installed towing package. That's enough capacity to pull a small boat, a small ATV, or a pop-up travel trailer.
One of the best reasons to choose the Rogue is its safety package. Nissan's Safety Shield 360 suite of safety and assistance features are standard on all trim levels. The list of safety features includes Blind Spot Intervention, Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Driver Alertness technology and Rear Door Alert.
Depending on your trim level, the Rogue also may come with ProPILOT Assist, which combines adaptive cruise control that follows the prevailing speed of traffic with steering assistance that keeps the Rogue centered in its lane. You still have to keep hands on the wheel, though. ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link is standard on the Rogue Platinum AWD that we tested. There are several new features to note. By linking ProPILOT Assist with Nissan's Door-to-Door Navigation System, the Rogue has the ability to proactively reduce speed for upcoming freeway curves or junctions, and can also help you slow for freeway exits that are on your route.
Inside, the Rogue offers a comfortable, quality interior. Nissan's "Zero Gravity" seats are among the most supportive in this class of vehicle, and you get that design in the front and back seats. Nissan has also worked on the Rogue's utility by enlarging the rear side bins enough to hold a standard gallon jug of milk or water, and the door pockets are sized for 32-ounce bottles.
On the road, we found the Rogue to be pleasant and smooth. The variable transmission was noticeable, but overall this is an SUV that most people will enjoy driving. Visibility is excellent in all directions, and the Intelligent Around View bird's eye camera system makes accurate reversing a breeze.
The Rogue with Platinum AWD trim starts at $38,430, and with a few options our test vehicle carried a sticker price of $41,930. However, the Rogue starts at just $27,360. You'll give up some of the fancy electronics, but you can get into this very attractive SUV for well under $30,000.
2022 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD
Base price: $38,430
Price as tested: $41,930
Type: Compact SUV
Engine: 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder (201 hp, 225 lb-ft)
Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission
EPA estimated mileage: 28/34
Overall length: 183 inches
Curb weight: 3,741 pounds
Final assembly: Los Angeles, California
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