2015 Nissan Rogue
Good Deal for the $$$
By Ron Amadon
DAMASCUS, MD. – Unless you are going shopping for a Bentley Mulsanne at $300K plus, bang for the buck is very important for car shoppers. This weekend’s test car has a lot of that.
We are talking about a middle of the range Nissan Rogue SV that adds over the base model rear privacy glass, keyless ignition, six way power driver seat with power lumbar, dual zone automatic temperature control, a six speaker audio system with satellite radio and 17 inch alloy wheels.
A $1,590 “Premium Package” added “Nissan Connect” with navigation and mobile aps, 7” touch screen display, voice recognition, a very handy around view monitor, power liftgate, heated outside mirrors, heated front seats, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Moving Object Detection that works in cahoots with the parking cameras. All in all a worthwhile package I believe.
The lone engine offering is a 2.5-liter four rated at 170 horsepower with 175 lb-ft of torque mated to a CVT. Around town this is an adequate setup, but on the highway more power is needed for passing moves. Flooring the go pedal produces a lot of engine noise but the power department comes up short on forward progress. Lift the right foot, and things turn much more tranquil inside and the Rogue would be a fine rig for long trips.
The suspension is calibrated for a smooth ride and not sports car handling around on and off ramps. My bet is most owners will like it.
EPA estimates are 26/33/28 mpg and I came away with 25 mpg on the FWD test model. All-Wheel Drive is also available.
Just about everyone should be impressed by the Rogue’s interior with classy materials, plenty of stretch out room up front and even for those sent to the second row. The 40/20/40 seats are not fixed, but instead feature a generous 9 inches of fore and aft travel. A third row seat is available but like any vehicles this size are best set aside for only small children.
With all seats folded down owners can take advantage of 70 cubic feet of space for whatever they need to tote home… that is in line with rivals. There is also some out of sight storage space under the floor to the rear.
All for $27,175 with delivery and that’s a good deal considering I have recently driven some $30K plus vehicles recently that lacked even a navi system.
Put together the upscale interior, long distance comfort, modern exterior design, and a nice list of SV standard equipment, along with that very likeable Premium Package, and there is a lot of value here for the money.
Yes, a few more horsepower would be nice along with say a normal six speed automatic, (I am not a fan of CVT’s.) Yet even without those items, the Rogue should be on your test drive list in the red hot crossover market.
Oh, and looking ahead a bit, do add AWD if you are in snow country.