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MSRP: $22,790 - $29,630
Invoice: $21,413 - $27,824
MPG: 26 City / 33 Hwy
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Nissan Rogue Review

The 2015 Nissan Rogue ranks 3 out of 24 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Rogue, as well as reliability and safety data.

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The Nissan Rogue earns great fuel economy estimates, has lots of cargo space and reviewers praise its handsome cabin. Still, they wish its powertrain were more refined.

The 2015 Rogue’s four-cylinder engine delivers enough power for most scenarios, automotive writers say. However, they agree that the Rogue could use more power for getting up to speed on the highway, merging or climbing hills. The Rogue’s automatic transmission (CVT) disappoints some reviewers, who note that it’s unrefined and loud, particularly under hard acceleration. However, with up to 26/33 mpg city/highway, the Rogue earns better fuel economy estimates than most SUVs in the class. The Rogue pleases critics with its compliant ride, and some report that the 2015 Rogue offers composed, but not particularly athletic, handling. However, others write that the Nissan Rogue falls short with unwieldy handling and vague steering.

Test drivers are impressed with the 2015 Nissan Rogue’s quiet cabin, which they say is good-looking and has impressive materials. The Rogue’s front seats are comfortable and supportive, reviewers agree. The Rogue is one of the few compact SUVs that’s available with a third row, and while most reviewers report that it’s fairly cramped, some write that the sliding and reclining second row makes it easy to provide third-row passengers with a little additional legroom. Standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera and hands-free text messaging. Options include the NissanConnect infotainment system with navigation and a 7.0-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio, push-button start, a Bose stereo system, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and Nissan’s Around View monitor, which uses four cameras to give you a 360-degree view around the vehicle when parking. The optional Around View monitor earns reviewer praise for making parking and reversing maneuvers exceptionally easy, and some critics report that the Rogue’s simple dashboard layout makes it easy for drivers to access buttons and knobs without being distracted from the road. The Rogue has 70 cubic feet of overall cargo space, making it one of the largest cargo capacities in the class.

  • "With a premium interior and available three-row seating, the 2015 Nissan Rogue is a versatile choice for shoppers desiring a comfortable and functional small crossover SUV." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 Rogue sets itself apart from most rivals with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), fuel economy of up to 33 mpg, stylish yet mature design, and an available - albeit cramped - 3rd-row seat. Also alluring is its sub-$24,000 starting price. As it's based on Nissan's comfortable Sentra sedan, the Rogue has a comfortable if ho-hum ride." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A veritable Swiss army knife even by the standards of its particularly versatile segment, the Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover that delivers a practical, well-trimmed interior, excellent fuel economy and a host of useful gadgets. It also offers an optional third row seat, a feature normally only found in larger, more expensive models." -- Left Lane News
  • "It doesn't completely rewrite the compact crossover formula, but it doesn't need to. Everything the Rogue does, it does well, and it's a far better offering than the model it replaces. There isn't anything to get particularly excited about here, but all in, the Rogue is a competent and relatively enjoyable offering in this incredibly competitive class. And that, folks, is just fine." -- Autoblog (2014)

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Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers agree that the Mazda CX-5’s nimble handling and accurate steering make it one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the class. The CX-5 also earns good fuel economy estimates for the class, and reviewers like its upscale cabin materials.

The Ford Escape has two available turbocharged four-cylinder engines that reviewers agree  deliver plenty of power. The Escape also earns praise for its sharp handling and comfortable ride.

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Details: 2015 Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue seats five, or up to seven with an available third row. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive are standard. The Nissan Rogue is available in three trims: S, SV and SL. The Nissan Rogue Select, which is based on the previous generation, continues to be sold alongside the Rogue for the 2015 model year. The Nissan Rogue was fully redesigned for the 2014 model year and sees few changes for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2014 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 11/11/14

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