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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 Performance

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Reviewers agree that while the 2015 Nissan Rogue has adequate acceleration in most driving conditions, it could use more power for highway passing and merging. The Rogue’s transmission is noisy, particularly under hard acceleration, they add. Test drivers like that the Nissan Rogue soaks up road imperfections, keeping the ride comfortable. However, some say that it lacks the agility and responsive steering that rival SUVs offer.

  • "The Rogue has upscale looks and feel, but its driving manners are more reserved. If it were a flavor we'd label it vanilla. That's not necessarily a knock - many people love that kind of ice cream." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “… this Nissan crossover's compliant suspension keeps the ruts and potholes at bay when driving over broken pavement. But the downside to this soft suspension tuning is that the Rogue is not especially enjoyable to drive. Its handling can feel ponderous, and the combination of a lackluster four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) result in noisy and uninspiring acceleration, especially when the Rogue is carrying passengers or cargo." -- Edmunds
  • "… Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmission, which, as we've said before, is perhaps the best CVT on the market. It's happy to hold revs higher in the range when power is needed, but drivers will be punished for their speedy tendencies with a horrible engine sound." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "Unfortunately, a better engine room racket doesn't translate to more power and torque. At around 3,500 lbs., the Rogue isn't especially plump, but it could use another pony or two under the hood. Still, we were easily able to achieve combined city/highway mileage of 28.9 mpg, which slightly betters the EPA estimates." -- Left Lane News (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Nissan Rogue has a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower, which is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The EPA estimates that the Rogue gets up to 26/33 mpg city/highway, which is great for the class.

According to reviewers, the Rogue has adequate acceleration in most situations, but struggles to get up to speed for hill climbing or highway passing. Critics agree that the Rogue’s transmission is unrefined and noisy, especially under hard acceleration. However, they partially credit the CVT for the Rogue’s impressive fuel economy estimates.

  • "The Rogue's acceleration won't shove you back into the seat, but for the most part it can get out of its own way when it needs to. Flooring the gas pedal brings an uninspiring drone from the engine as the CVT maintains a constant high-engine rpm. Some drivers might also take issue with a minor resonance in the cabin while cruising along. At highway speeds, the Rogue's engine, wind and road noise levels are hushed enough to make long road trips enjoyable, but passing maneuvers will take some serious planning when you've got a cabin full of passengers or cargo." -- Edmunds
  • "With just 170 horsepower, the 2015 Rogue is among the lower-powered compact SUVs. Acceleration is adequate in ordinary driving but tepid in passing situations and on steep grades. However, Nissan's compact utility vehicle is among the most fuel-efficient thanks to its standard Xtronic CVT transmission." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In an effort to achieve class-leading gas mileage, Nissan has dulled its performance a little too much for our tastes. We think the Rogue would be well-served with a more muscular engine option, similarly to the Ford Escape and Kia Sportage." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "While the engine provides adequate acceleration, it doesn't exactly feel thrilled about its lot in life. Neither smooth nor quiet, the big four-cylinder is one of the few reminders of Rogue's low cost of entry." -- Road and Track (2014)

Handling and Braking

Reviewers agree that the 2015 Nissan Rogue has a soft ride over road imperfections. Some say that the Rogue’s handling is controlled, but not particularly athletic, while others are let down by its unwieldy handling and vague steering. The 2015 Rogue comes with Active Trace Control, which applies the inner or outer brakes to improve handling while cornering. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "Unquestionably, the Nissan Rogue's suspension is tuned for comfort. The ride gets a bit firmer with the SL's standard 18-inch wheels, but smooth and supple remains the order of the day. The downside is that the Rogue feels ponderous when going around turns and does little to engage the driver." -- Edmunds
  • "The steering is nicely weighted, with decent on-center feel, albeit not quite as direct and precise as the steering in the Mazda CX-5, the segment's undisputed dynamic champ. In terms of overall driving enjoyment, the Rogue falls somewhere in the middle-high range of the segment - not as engaging as the aforementioned CX-5 or even a Subaru Forester, but it's a more entertaining steer than other competitors like the Toyota RAV4, Chevrolet Equinox and Honda CR-V." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "Handling is safe and secure but not well defined and certainly not inspiring, including the placid, numb electrically boosted steering." -- Car and Driver (2014)
Review Last Updated: 3/20/15

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