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#15

in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $14,175 - $16,826
Original MSRP: $21,460 - $25,680
MPG: 22 City / 28 Hwy
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2011 Nissan Rogue Performance

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For the most part, test drivers are satisfied with the Rogue's performance. Nonetheless, some complain about the continuously variable transmission and underpowered four-cylinder engine.

  • "Highway cruising is where the Rogue and its transmission work best. Secure on-center steering feel, a firm but compliant ride, and a quiet cabin combine to effortlessly count down highway miles." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Rogue had very little body lean for an SUV, but it's probably still not up to the level of the Outlander. Even so, the Rogue is probably the best all-around performer in the four-cylinder class." -- Cars.com
  • "Rogue feels less solid and refined than the class leaders. Washboard freeway surfaces can bring about annoying pitching and bobbing. S models, with their smaller, less aggressive tires, ride better than their SL counterparts." -- Consumer Guide

Acceleration and Power

The Rogue comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower. Almost every review says that while it's competent when up to speed, it lacks oomph off the line and in merging situations. It's paired with a continuously variable transmission, which reviewers say is overly noisy and even a bit whiny. The Toyota RAV4  costs about $1,000 more than the Rogue, but offers a V6 engine with more power.

According to a Nissan press release, the 2011 front-wheel-drive Rogue should achieve 22/28 mpg city/highway, while the all-wheel-drive model should net 22/26. This puts the Rogue's fuel economy in the top half of its class.

  • "We wouldn't complain if Nissan gave it more power, as we had to floor it to climb through some of the elevated turns in the mountains." -- About.com
  • "We aren't crazy about the CVT [Continuously Variable Transmission] in this new vehicle, or in any other for that matter, nor have we been convinced yet of its claim to dramatically improve gas mileage, but the wide spread of gear ratios and the smooth power delivery do seem to be a better idea than the four- or five-speed conventional automatics of the competition." -- Car and Driver
  • "CVTs have a tendency to create a droning engine note at wide-open throttle, and when merging on the freeway, it's noticeable in the Rogue. Still, it's less intrusive than other vehicles we've driven recently." -- Popular Mechanics

Handling and Braking

Though the automotive press gives somewhat mixed reviews about the Rogue's handling, most find the ride stable and car-like.

  • "Nissan has tuned its small crossover for responsive cornering, but the downside is a ride that delivers sharp kicks over bumps." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Rouge's electric power steering is intuitive and reactive to driving conditions. Add computer-assisted vehicle dynamic control and traction control to the other mechanical benefits, and that's a nice package." -- BusinessWeek
  • "The Rogue also lived up to its sporty roots in the handling department. While the steering felt loose at low speeds, it really tightened up the faster I went. I was tuned into the turns on windy roads, and the feel of the wheel was dead-on." -- Cars.com
  • "Rogue feels less solid and refined than the class leaders. Washboard freeway surfaces can bring about annoying pitching and bobbing." -- Consumer Guide

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