The Rogue has many things going for it – it’s good-looking, it’s not through-the-roof pricewise, and it’s a got a decent safety and repair record according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. There is also a particularly pleasing amount of interior space, with 70 cubic feet available for your Home Depot run, your suitcases or your drumset.
What it’s not is a very powerful machine, with a four-cylinder engine missing that sweet get-up-and-go, and its variable valve transmission is ever-so sluggish. Yet that small engine provides you with excellent gas mileage – around 34 MPG highway/city combined, according to the press materials.
We tested two models, back to back, the SL AWD w/ Pro Pilot Assist and the Sport SL AWD and found the sport a bit more spirited, naturally, what with the “Sport” moniker. Other trims available are the S and SV; a hybrid’s available as well.
Standard features on S trims include a rearview camera, 17-inch steel wheels, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats that also slide and recline, , a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, dual USB inputs, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration as well as a four-speaker CD player with satellite radio. Safety features are plentiful and practical, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist.
The SV trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, a power liftgate, heated side mirrors, keyless entry, push-button ignition, rear privacy glass, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a six-speaker audio system. Additional driver safety aids include rear parking sensors and reverse automatic braking.
Several of these features are also available for the S trim level via the optional Special Edition package.
Its seats are sweetly molded, and felt solid over long trips. The ride is fine and smooth on city streets or highways, though it does jog a bit and it’s a bit loud in the cabin. Inside, as stated, it’s nice and roomy for the big and/or tall, and the materials are decently high-quality. There’s a cellphone tray, large cupholders and a welcome cellphone tray.
Prices start at a very reasonable $26,000 depending on where you live and availability. In a world where electrics are hogging most of the headlines, the Rogue remains a solid old-school vehicle for a family, a person in the trades or who just plain likes crossovers.