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2013 Nissan Rogue Review

This review was written when the 2013 Nissan Rogue was new.

The 2013 Nissan Rogue earns praise from reviewers for its low starting price, though they say that some crossovers are more spacious, while others are more fun to drive.

Some auto writers say the Rogue’s four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) are capable enough for your daily commute, though a few wish it had some extra power for merging onto highways or steep, hilly roads. The 2013 Rogue gets up to 23/28 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. In comparison, newer compact SUVs like the Subaru XV Crosstrek don't require as much fuel. Automotive critics are mostly pleased with the Rogue’s car-like ride, though one reviewer notes that if you’re looking for a more agile SUV, rivals like the Mazda CX-5 may be a better choice.

Inside, the Nissan Rogue offers comfortable front seats and price-appropriate materials that automotive critics generally like. However, if you need more back-seat and cargo space, competitors like the Chevy Equinox and Toyota RAV4 may win you over. While the Nissan Rogue’s cabin is nicely appointed, the base model doesn’t come with too many standard features, and some items, such as Bluetooth audio streaming, aren’t available at all. Still, the Rogue does have some optional features that are unique to the class, such as Nissan’s AroundView Monitor, which eases parking maneuvers with cameras that display front, rear and side views. While reviewers say that this feature is helpful, the Rogue’s low-mounted touch-screen display requires deliberate glances away from the road, which is a problem that isn’t helped by the screen’s small size. Test drivers say that a larger screen would be more useful when parking the Rogue.

  • "And while the Rogue's comparatively low starting price appears attractive on the surface, most competitors offer additional standard equipment for a marginal price increase." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The driving enthusiast in me wants to give the edge to the friskier CX-5, but I think your average crossover buyer will find more value in the more settled Rogue. Either choice, I think, is a good one." -- CNET 
  • "Overall, Rogue's competitors are quieter and more refined, but this compact Nissan gets points for sleek styling, high levels of interior functionality, and value pricing." -- Consumer Guide (2012) 
  • "Unless you require maximum cargo space and rear-seat functionality, it's a strong contender." -- Edmunds (2012)

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Other SUVs to Consider

Like the Rogue, some reviewers aren’t fans of the Honda CR-V’s navigation system. However, the CR-V offers a standard backup camera, slightly better fuel economy and more cargo space.

One test driver mentions that the Mazda CX-5 doesn’t have as much power as the Rogue. However, the CX-5’s athletic handling, ample cargo space and exceptional fuel economy earn positive comments from the automotive press. Additionally, reviewers say that the CX-5 has a high-quality interior, just like the Rogue.

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Details: 2013 Nissan Rogue

The 2013 Nissan Rogue seats five and comes with front-wheel drive. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) are standard. The Rogue comes in three trims, which are all available with all-wheel drive: S, SV and SV with SL Package. Each trim adds upgraded interior materials, as well as additional tech features. The Rogue sees few changes for 2013; as a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2012 and 2013 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/21/14

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