But Its Value—28MPG and Fabulous Price—Makes My Heart Sing
The last time I regularly used the word ‘rogue’ was to describe my college roommate’s boyfriend who pilfered beer from our refrigerator and peeved our neighbors by cranking up the music. His mischievousness behavior was annoying, but he was charming, which let him get away with his antics.
So when the Nissan Rogue pulled up in my driveway, I wondered: what antics would this car pull, and would it be charming enough to get away with it?
Charm Yes; Antics, Not a One
I was charmed by the Rogue’s silhouette; it’s muscly but lean and benefits from Nissan’s very modern, sleek design details like the carbon fiber dashboard trim (which has a sort of black and gray houndstooth look) and pert, clear tail lights that pop off the back, leather trimmed seats, a neatly organized passenger cabin and the panoramic sun roof that keeps the car flooded with light.
Small Size, Big Amenities
The Rogue may be the perfect car. An SUV crossover, it combines all the benefits of an SUV—all wheel drive and a higher-off-the-ground clearance than a typical car—with what, in my opinion, is the perfect size. No larger than a compact sedan, it’s nimble and agile, easy to drive, park and maneuver.
The Best Part: Money Left Over for a Mani/Pedi
But here’s what really made my heart beat fast: 28MPG, the Rogue’s combined fuel economy. In the city it gets 25 MPG and on the highway, 32 MPG.
During our drive, which combined city and highway (the car was loaded with four passengers and luggage much of the time we drove it), we averaged 30MPG.
The fuel savings, combined with the car’s price—$32,000— means that you’ll have plenty of cash left over for the things that really matter, like a good manicure and a pedicure.
If You Must Bring the Family, They’ll Be Happy Too
The Rogue is fabulous for tooling around town by yourself, and stopping to quietly, sublimely pick up a piece of furniture and sneak it into the house (or, take that ratty old lounger to the dump) before anyone sees what you’re doing.
But it’s a great family car, too. It comfortably seats four, but can accommodate up to seven—the Rogue S has an available third row!—and its flexible seating and load space means there’s plenty of room for luggage or cargo or people.
Or all three; a roof rack allows a car-top carrier to accommodate your crew and their stuff on a road trip.
Worth noting is that the third row option is only available on the S model, which comes with run flat tires rather than a spare tire, and many of the premium features described here are not available on the S.
The third row option is brand new this year, and we hope that future models will also have a third row option, because of course, we like to have it all.
Road Tripping in the Rogue: Perfect Space for Four
We took the Rogue to Maine for a long weekend. All our luggage fit neatly in the back, and the cup holder that folds out of the rear seat-back creates a passthrough that was perfect place for the snack bag to sit; back seat passengers could easily reach it and no one stepped on it.
In Maine, the Rogue was great on the steep, rocky drives and the hill-hold feature was great to have: when on an incline, the hill hold feature keeps the brake activated until you’ve given the car enough gas to get it moving up (or down) the hill.
Safety Technology Keeps Hubby in Check on the Highway
But maybe my favorite feature is the lane departure warning. I set this before we left on our trip and chuckled every time it beeped to let me know that my husband had changed lanes without signaling or was too close to the lane markers on the highway. It annoyed the heck out of him, but I think of it as ‘checks and balances:’ it checks him and keeps his driving performance balanced.
What We Loved
- 25MPG city/32 MPG highway; we averaged 30MPG
- Uses regular gas
- The price: $32,000 pretty fully loaded
- Panoramic sun roof
- Smart key with push button starter
- Beautiful design details
- Neatly designed cabin
- LED headlights with auto leveler
- All wheel drive
- Bluetooth phone connectivity
- Intuitive, easy to use touch screen media console
- Safety technology package, including lane departure warning, blind spot detector, forward collision warning and moving object detection
What You Need to Know
- Third row is an additional $1,190
- Third row is a “convenience row” and better suited for small passengers
- Three power charger outlets, all up front
- Cargo shelf systems designed to hide your stuff can be clunky to use
- Rogue pricing starts at $22,790
- Price of the Rogue SL we drove: $32,615
Disclosure: The Rogue was provided to me for this review; I was not compensated for this review and opinions expressed are all my own.