The Nissan Rogue is a Midsize SUV that has been around for quite some time. So that means it’s old and obsolete right? Well I’m happy to report that Nissan keeps it fresh for the 2018 Model Year.
The Rogue I drove had a 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine and a CVT transmission, that will shift 6 times. I was surprised to find out that the Rogue doesn’t come with a V6, but after my time spent behind the wheel, I really didn’t notice a difference. I’m sure a V6 would have made the Rogue peppier, but it really isn’t necessary. The transmission felt good, considering the fact that it’s a CVT. CVT transmissions had a rough patch when they first came out, because they don’t behave like the transmissions we’re used to. But automakers have it down now, making the CVT simulate the old transmissions we’re used to.
The interior was very well equipped, especially for a Nissan. I’ve reviewed Nissans across multiple decades, and I have noticed they’ve really stepped up their game in recent years. The Rogue SL I drove had a premium interior package which featured seats with a cool stitched pattern. It’s a small touch, but it brought the interior together.
The biggest feature on the Rogue is Pro-Pilot assist. While it isn’t a full self-driving system, It seems to be the groundworks of one. Pro-Pilot assist is cruise control on the next level. With the click of a button on the steering wheel, the Rogue will keep your speed, a following distance from the vehicle in front of you, and when the car in front of you stops so do you. The Rogue will also notify you to stay in your lane if you begin to drift. Now this isn’t groundbreaking stuff, but consider the fact that the Rogue is only $36,000. The only other car’s I’ve reviewed with similar systems are over $40,000.
The Rogue beat my expectations with it’s smaller engine, CVT, Interior, and advanced cruise control. If you’re in the market for a midsize SUV, the Rogue should be one to put on your list.