Road Test: 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Road Test: 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

A Little Greener Crossover

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

A new badge

The Rogue is one very popular Nissan. It’s a compact crossover, so it’s situated in a rising market segment. The most recent version has done so well that for 2017, Nissan gave it a heavy mid-cycle refresh, with some updated styling and new content. Most significantly, welcome the first ever 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid.

Up front, the Rogue now wears the corporate front fascia with the signature “V-Motion” grille and revised headlights and daytime running lights. In the rear, you’ll find a new bumper and revised boomerang taillamps. Eye-catching 19-inch rims contribute to the new look.

Ford pioneered the motion-activated tailgate, but in a clear example of keeping up with the Joneses, Nissan now offers one, too. The body structure is enhanced for a quieter ride.

Under the Hood Changes

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid ,engine

Smaller engine + electric motor = better mpg

Toyota RAV4 also offers a hybrid, so this model really isn’t a surprise. Nissan has swapped out the standard 175-horsepower 2.5-liter inline four for a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter four, allied with a 30-kW motor to produce a total of 176 horsepower.  It all flows through Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The car drives just fine with the hybrid drivetrain, but it felt like it was mostly gas-powered. I did note some moments of EV behavior. There is automatic engine shutoff when idling at stoplights. It also has a “Best MPG” display, so if you’ve been driving carefully through commute traffic or a quiet neighborhood and rack up good numbers, you can replace your previous best.

There’s a small energy flow diagram in the instrument panel, so you can see what the car’s doing and moderate your behavior for maximum efficiency. It has the requisite colorful moving display in the center console, but it’s really more of a distraction. Nissan made it look just different enough from the well-known Toyota display to save on legal fees.

Fuel Economy Up 22%

You can get a 2017 Nissan Rogue, hybrid or not, in S, SV, and SL designations. The Hybrid doesn’t come in the base S level, but you can order it with front- or all-wheel drive. My Palatial Ruby test vehicle was a top-level SL Hybrid with all-wheel drive. That means that the U.S. EPA awarded it ratings of 31 city/34 highway/33 combined, a solid addition to the 30 MPG AWD Club. I averaged 25.6 mpg. The front-wheel drive hybrid model boosts those numbers by 2 mpg city and 1 mpg for the highway and combined scores.

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Luxury inside in the topline SL

Compare that to the regular gas model. The AWD version, the direct non-hybrid match to my tester, earns 25 city/32 highway/27 combined. So, on paper at least, the hybrid delivers a 22 percent improvement.

Green scores are 7 for Smog and 8 for Greenhouse Gas.

Small, But It Doesn’t Feel That Way

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid ,interior

Two rows of seating with batteries in back

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid may be a “small SUV,” per the EPA, but it doesn’t feel small inside. You sit up high, and the interior furnishings are first rate. The flowing door and dash create a sensation of movement, and materials show no hint of penny pinching. The carbon fiber trim is faux, but this is a Rogue, after all. There’s a stitched panel on the passenger side of the dashboard above the glovebox, just for effect.

The SL, the top of the line, is packed with goodies you won’t see on the SV unless you check some option boxes. You get the QuickComfort heated front seats, which immediately start warming the body areas most sensitive to heat, such as thighs and hips. There’s a memory setting for the mirrors and driver’s seat, a heated leather steering wheel, a seven-inch color touch-screen display, the NissanConnect navigation system with various apps and a lovely Bose Premium Audio system with nine speakers. That all sounds like stuff worth having, if you can afford the bill.

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

For 2017, the Rogue gets an mpg boost

You get all the Safety Shield protections, such as blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and the two forward motion ones—lane departure warning and the more aggressive lane departure prevention. Nissan added two new ones for 2017—Intelligent Cruise Control (adaptive cruise control generically) and forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection. These features make it safer to drive the car and to be walking near it, and are helping to pave the way toward true autonomous driving.

The Rogue is smaller than its Pathfinder sibling, but it still can be ordered with a third-row seat—if you select the standard car. With the Hybrid, the third-row foot room is taken up by battery. The car weighs 3,693 pounds, so this is a beast to be reckoned with.

Pricing ascends from the front-wheel-drive S non-hybrid at $23,820 to the all-wheel-drive SL Hybrid at $32,510 (plus $940 destination and handling charges).

People today want the high-riding crossover SUV experience and are looking for an easy-to-drive, right-sized family car, so the 2017 Nissan Rogue is going to shuttling around a lot of families. The new Hybrid makes that just a little less impactful on the planet.

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Disclosure:

Clean Fleet Report is loaned free test vehicles from automakers to evaluate, typically for a week at a time. Our road tests are based on this one-week drive of a new vehicle. Because of this we don’t address issues such as long-term reliability or total cost of ownership. In addition we are often invited to manufacturer events highlighting new vehicles or technology. As part of these events we may be offered free transportation, lodging or meals. We do our best to present our unvarnished evaluations of vehicles and news irrespective of these inducements.

Our focus is on vehicles that offer the best fuel economy in their class. We also feature those that are among the top mpg vehicles in their class. In addition, we aim to offer reviews and news on advanced technology and the alternative fuel vehicle market. We welcome any feedback from vehicle owners and are dedicated to providing a forum for alternative viewpoints. Please let us know your views at publisher@cleanfleetreport.com.

In Collaboration with Katzkin Leather

In Collaboration with Katzkin Leather

Make Your Aging Green Car Like New

The dilemma is this—you’ve got your Prius from a few years ago. Okay, let’s be honest—from the time before they thought anyone buying a super efficient environmentally friendly vehicle would want a leather interior. That’s from the days when the “environmental car” market was thought to be monolithic and comprised of treehuggers willing to sacrifice everything in their quest to minimize their automotive impact on the earth. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

new Katzin interior

Katzkin’s leather was a near-perfect fit

Those days are over and, thankfully, environmentally friendly vehicles of all shapes and sizes are available and selling to millions. But you may remain with your non-leather Prius (or other early model). You love the car and what it means for your environmental footprint. You know the longer you drive it, the more you minimize that footprint. So, you may be faced with the choice I had in my 2010 Nissan Rogue (one of the early crossovers on the cusp of joining the 30 mpg and club).

You could invest a serious amount of cash or credit in a new state-of-the-art machine or you could upgrade your perfectly acceptable vehicle to extend its usefulness and continue to reduce your environmental footprint. It’s not just a dollars and cents decision, but one caught up in personal values and finances.

An Inside Job

So, once you’ve sorted through your personal agenda, here’s an option to put on the table. Upgrade your pedestrian factory fabric with a Katzkin leather interior. It’s a rewarding option that I can

new Katzin interior

Looking (and feeling) like a whole new car

testify from personal experience (and from comments of friends recently in the car) is akin to getting a new vehicle.

Katzkin presents an overwhelming number of choices when it comes time for your upgrade. They will present you with more than a hundred different designs and

Old Rogue seats

This was what had to go

combinations so you can tailor your interior to your style and lifestyle. In addition, they’ll help you with the design or you can freelance it yourself.

Choices Are Just the Beginning

Color choices go from basics like black or red to exotics like bayou (a camo look), carbon crimson or Outlaw Brown (also available in Outlaw Black, Saddle or Clay depending what type of outlaw you might be.

new Katzin interior

A Coach magician at work

The magicians at Coach Automotive Restyling of Union City (in the San Francisco Bay Area) did a quick turn-around on the job, pulling out the old seats and stripping the worn materials, fitting on the Katzkin leather with a combination of experience, elbow grease and a little steam. The also dropped in a little welcome surprise during a cold winter–heated seats integrated into the new leather.

The bottom line is a redone interior of Katzkin leather can really give you a new car and/or extend the life of your car, garnering you points for environmental stewardship—and giving you a cool ride.

Road Test: 2016 Nissan Rogue SV FWD

Road Test: 2016 Nissan Rogue SV FWD

Now a Seven-Passenger Family Hauler

When Clean Fleet Report reviewed the 2015 Nissan Rogue we gave it high marks as one of the best compact SUVs on the market. As Nissan’s second best-selling vehicle, the 2016 Nissan Rogue adds new technology features to make it even more appealing.

Drivetrain

2016 Nissan Rogue

Bigger things coming at ya

The 2016 Nissan Rogue SV comes in either FWD or AWD, with both versions using the same 2.5-liter, 16-valve, inline four-cylinder engine with sequential multiport electronic fuel injection. Running on unleaded regular, it puts-out 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque through Nissan’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), and is rated at 25 mpg city/ 33 highway/ 28 combined for the FWD, and 25/32/28 for the AWD. In 300 miles of 70-percent highway/ 30-percent city driving, we averaged 28.5 mpg.

Driving Experience: On the Road

The five-door (four passenger doors plus a power liftgate) Rogue, weighing in at 3,422 lbs., has a 58/42 front-to-rear weight distribution, making it easy to maneuver. The electric power-assisted and speed-sensitive steering gave a good road feel and handling was confident, with little body roll through all speeds and situations. The handling and ride elements include 225/65R17 all-season run-flat tires (these are an option and part of the SV Family Package) on 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Active Ride Control, front independent struts, coil springs and stabilizer bar; and a rear independent multi-link set-up with twin-tube shocks and a stabilizer bar. Towing is rated at 1,000 lbs.

The CVT-equipped Rogue was, as I have found with other cars using CVT transmissions, an overall good driving experience. Nissan’s continued development of CVT technology has resulted in a

2016,Nissan Rogue,

Ready to hit the road

transmission with no shift-points (because there are no gears to shift) and helps deliver increased fuel economy through a reduction in friction and changes to pulleys and other internal CVT workings. The CVT and the 2.5L four-cylinder combination ran smoothly, but under extremely hard or labored (as in uphill, pedal-to-the-metal) acceleration, there was an engine/transmission noise—more like a drone—that was noticeable in the cockpit. Once at the desired speed, it cruised and kept up with traffic easily. To get the most performance from the engine, you have choices of ECO and Sport settings. ECO should be used on long stretches of road to squeeze-out every last drop of fuel, with Sport being activated to hold the transmission in each rev band a bit longer for more power when needed.

Clean Fleet Report’s 2016 Nissan Rogue SV had solid and consistent stops with a braking system consisting of vented front and rear discs, an anti-lock brake system (ABS), brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), which adjusts brake proportioning to compensate for added weight from passengers or cargo, and even adjusts as fuel is consumed. Nissan’s Active Engine Braking works in-conjunction with the CVT, to slow the Rogue when braking, so there is less braking effort needed by the driver.

Driving Experience: Exterior

2016 Nissan,Rogue,styling,design

Styled to cheat the wind

The Rogue is recognizable with a sporty and pleasantly aggressive stance highlighted by the sculpted front end and a sloping windshield. The LED daytime running lights and Halogen headlights, plus the LED turn signals in the exterior mirrors, all added to a clean design. Nissan has worked on the aerodynamics to achieve a 0.33 drag co-efficient,sculpting the outside mirror shapes, rear roof and side spoilers and combination rear lights that seem to be all one, smooth piece with the fenders and rear hatch. A concerted effort was made to have the Rogue design be devoid of any unnecessary cladding or chrome. There is just enough brightwork to play against the body color, which in our case was a very contemporary Gun Metallic gray.

Driving Experience: Interior

I was immediately impressed with the ease of finding a comfortable seating position thanks to the six-way, cloth, heated, power driver seat, with power lumbar and the manually adjusted steering column. The front passenger seat is four-way manually adjustable with both front seats having Nissan’s Zero Gravity design where their articulated shape provides continuous support for comfort and reduced driver fatigue.

Clean Fleet Report’s 2016 Nissan Rogue SV came with the optional Family Package that added a third row for seven-passenger seating. Nissan’s rear EZ Flex seating system is quite

2016,Nissan,Rogue,storage

All down and ready to work

accommodating as the complete three-passenger second row, a 60/40 seat, slides and folds. Having a center pass through as part of the folding armrest gives 40/20/40 flexibility. Make sure to put the rear seat through its paces when at your dealer. At this point we usually suggest the rear seat really is only good for two adults, but this isn’t the case with the Rogue. With the rear seat slid-back the full 9-inches, rear seat passengers have a very generous 37.9-inches of legroom. Nissan’s nifty Divide-N-Hide Cargo System can create a flat cargo area and, when the rear-most floorboard is lowered, a deep cargo well is created to transport taller objects. With access through the power liftgate, it is pretty clear you will not have any issues hauling people or cargo with so many well thought-out seating and storage options.

The dash layout is simple, starting with the analog tachometer and speedometer gauges, which are easy-to-read with white lettering on a black background, and the vehicle information center all under a covered hood to reduce glare. Operating the sound system was easy and met Clean Fleet Report’s minimum requirement for a driver-friendly system as it had knobs for the channel and volume functions. Our 2016 Rogue SV, as part of the Premium Package, came with the seven-inch HD color touch-screen with voice recognition navigation, mobile apps, and Nissan’s wonderful Around View Monitor, which gives a 360-degree virtual bird’s-eye view as if looking down on the Rogue. The 2016 Rogue’s NissanConnect system offers new features: Siri Eyes Free, automatic collision notification, emergency call, stolen vehicle locator, and dealer service scheduling and maintenance alerts. And, for the caring parent, customized alerts can be set such as speed, curfew and boundary notifications. Watch it, kids!

2016 Nissan Rogue,technology

Tech at your fingertips

The audio system came with six speakers and SiriusXM (three-month trial subscription), AM/FM/HD/CD/MP3/WMA, USB port with iPod connectivity, Aux-in jacks and Bluetooth streaming audio, text messaging assistant and voice recognition, with many of these controlled by the multi-function steering wheel.

 Adding to the interior comfort and convenience was remote keyless entry, push button start, cruise control, dual zone automatic temperature control with second row A/C vents, power windows with one-touch up/down, power door locks, power heated outside mirrors, carpeted floor mats and a cargo area protector (option), day/night rearview mirror, outside temperature display, map lights, multiple beverage holders and three 12-volt accessory outlets.

Safety and Convenience

The 2016 Nissan Rogue SV FWD came with safety and convenience features, including 8 air bags, blind spot warning (BSW), moving object detection (MOD), Around View Monitor (AVM), tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), electronic stability control (ESC), traction control system (TCS), hill start assist (HAS), Active Trace Control (ATC), Active Engine Braking (AEB), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and anti-theft vehicle immobilizer.

All 2016 Rogues have earned a US Government National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 4-Star Overall Vehicle Score, where five Stars is the highest safety rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Rogue its Top Safety Pick.

Clean Fleet Report’s 2016 Rogue SV FWD had a MRSP of $27,360 that included the optional Floor Mat, Cargo Protector, Premium and Family Packages, which made-up $2,770 of the MSRP. 2016 Rogue pricing, excluding the $885 Destination Charge:

S FWD         $23,290

2016,Nissan,Rogue,interior

The inside scoop

SV FWD       $24,740

SL FWD       $28,690

S AWD         $24,640

SV AWD       $26,090

SL AWD       $30,040

Warranties

The 2016 Nisan Rogue comes with these warranties:

  • Basic – Three-year/36,000-mile
  • Powertrain – Five-year/60,000-mile
  • Anti-Perforation – Five-year/Unlimited-mile

Observations: 2016 Nissan Rogue SV FWD

2016,Nissan Rogue,styling,aeodynamics

An aero rear to end it all

The 2016 Nissan Rogue offers clean styling, a spacious interior with convenient and desirable seating and storage flexibility. The Nissan SUV now seats five passengers and has a seven-passenger option. Having both a front wheel and all-wheel drive option on the 2016 Rogue is a selling point for Nissan as it means everyone looking for a compact SUV or CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) could be their customer.

Nissan’s direct competition for the Rogue are the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester. The Rogue holds up well against all these fine cars, making it worthy of your consideration.

My overall impression of the 2016 Nissan Rogue is that I felt safe and in control at all times and would have no problem taking it on a cross-country road trip. I think you will agree.

Whatever you buy, Happy Driving!

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Disclosure:

Clean Fleet Report is loaned free test vehicles from automakers to evaluate, typically for a week at a time. Our road tests are based on this one-week drive of a new vehicle, which does not address issues such as long-term reliability or total cost of ownership. In addition we are often invited to manufacturer events highlighting new vehicles or technology, during which we may be offered free transportation, lodging or meals. We do our best to present our unvarnished evaluations of vehicles and news irrespective of these inducements. Our focus is on vehicles that offer the best fuel economy in their class or are among the top mpg vehicles on the market. In addition, we aim to offer reviews and news on advanced technology and the alternative fuel vehicle market. We welcome any feedback from vehicle owners and are dedicated to providing a forum for alternative viewpoints. Please let us know your views at publisher@cleanfleetreport.com.

 

Road Test: 2015 Nissan Rogue SL FWD

Road Test: 2015 Nissan Rogue SL FWD

A Comfortable Fit For Your Driveway

Completely redesigned for the 2014 model year, the 2015 Nissan Rogue continues to be one of the best midsize SUVs and is Nissan’s second best-selling vehicle. Roomy and fuel-wise, the Rogue just might look perfect in your driveway. It’s got style and delivers well beyond 33 mpg on the highway, fits five or seven passengers and comes with either front- (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD).

Drivetrain

Both (FWD/AWD) versions of the 2015 Nissan Rogue SL use the same 2.5L, 16-valve, Inline, four-cylinder engine with sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection. Running on unleaded

2015,Nissan,Rogue,SL,CUV,mpg

Looking for a new driveway

regular, it puts-out 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque through Nissan’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which is rated at 25 City / 33 Highway / 28 Combined for the FWD, and 25/32/28 for the AWD. In 300 miles of 70-percent highway /30-percent city driving we averaged 29.8 mpg in our FWD 2015 Nissan Rogue.

Driving Experience: On the Road

The five-door (four doors plus a hatch) Rogue weighs in at 3,481 lbs. and never felt heavy. The 58/42 front-to-rear weight distribution was easy to maneuver, thanks to the electric power-assisted and speed-sensitive steering. Handling was confident with little body roll through all speeds and situations, helped by the 225/60R18 all-season tires on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and Active Ride Control, which applies the brakes and adjusts engine torque to smooth out bumps in the road. The Rogue also has independent struts, coil springs and stabilizer bar in front and a rear independent multi-link set-up with twin tube shocks and a stabilizer bar.

2015 Nissan,Rogue SL,fuel economy

Sleek and stylish

The CVT-equipped Rogue was, as I have found with other cars using CVT transmissions, delivered an overall good driving experience. Nissan’s continued development of CVT technology has resulted in a transmission with no shift-points (because there are no gears to shift) that helps deliver increased fuel economy. The CVT and the 2.5L four-cylinder combination ran smoothly, but under extremely hard or labored – as in uphill, pedal-to-the-metal – acceleration, there was engine/transmission noise, more like a drone, that was noticeable in the cockpit. Once at the desired speed, it cruised and kept up with traffic easily. To get the most performance from the engine, you have choices of ECO and Sport settings. ECO will be used on long stretches of road to squeeze-out every last drop of fuel, with Sport being activated to hold the transmission in each rev band a bit longer. If drag racing the car next to you, this is the mode to be in. But the Rogue isn’t built as a racer and doesn’t claim to be a sporty car, so leave the hot rodding to the Nissan Juke NISMO RS.

Clean Fleet Report’s 2015 Nissan Rogue SL had solid and consistent stops with a braking system consisting of vented front and rear discs, an anti-lock brake system (ABS), brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), which adjusts brake proportioning to compensate for added weight from passengers or cargo, and even adjusts as fuel is consumed.

Driving Experience: Exterior

Design-wise, the Rogue generally falls in-line with its competitors in the midsize SUV category, but stands out with an aggressive stance from the 18-inch wheels, sculpted front end and a sloping

2015, Nissan Rogue,aerodynamics

Wind cheater

windshield. Nissan has worked on the aerodynamics to achieve a 0.33 drag co-efficient with the outside mirror shapes, rear roof and side spoilers, and combination rear lights that seem to be all one, smooth piece with the fenders and rear hatch. A concerted effort was made to have the Rogue design be void of any unnecessary cladding or chrome. There is just enough brightwork to play against the body color, which in our case was Cayenne Red.

Driving Experience: Interior

I was immediately impressed with the ease of finding a comfortable seating position thanks to the six-way, leather-appointed, heated power driver’s seat with power lumbar (the front passenger seat is four-way manually adjustable) and the manually adjusted steering column.

Clean Fleet Report’s 2015 Nissan Rogue SL had seating for five adults. If you opt for the S or SV trim levels you can get 7-passenger seating. Nissan’s rear EZ Flex seating system is quite accommodating as the complete three-passenger rear seat slides and reclines, while having a center pass through as part of the folding armrest. Make sure to put the rear seat through its paces when at your dealer. Usually at this point we suggest the rear seat really is only good for two adults, but this isn’t the case with the Rogue. With the rear seat slid-back the full nine inches, rear seat passengers have a very generous 37.9-inches of legroom. Plus with the five-passenger version, Nissan’s Divide-N-Hide Cargo System can create a flat cargo area and, when the rear-most floorboard is lowered, a deep cargo well is created to transport taller objects. You gain access to all this via the power liftgate. It is pretty clear you will not have any issues hauling people or cargo with so many well-thought-out seating and storage options.

2015, Nissan, Rogue SL,interior

A dash that works

The dash layout is simple, starting with the analog tachometer and speedometer gauges, which feature easy-to-read white lettering on a black background. The Vehicle Information Center is also under a covered hood to reduce glare. Operating the sound system was easy and met Clean Fleet Report’s minimum requirement for a driver-friendly system as it had knobs for the channel and volume functions. Our Rogue SL came with a seven-inch HD color touch-screen with navigation, rear-view monitor and mobile apps, along with Nissan’s wonderful Around View Monitor, which are all part of the NissanConnect system.

The powerful and great-sounding Bose audio system came with eight speakers and SiriusXM (three-month trial subscription)/AM/FM/HD/CD/MP3/WMA/USB port with iPod connectivity, Aux-in jacks and Bluetooth streaming audio, Text Messaging Assistant and voice recognition.

Adding to the interior comfort and convenience was a power panoramic moonroof,  leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel with audio controls, remote keyless entry, Intelligent Key with push-button start, cruise control, automatic temperature control (ATC), Nissan’s I-CON system with automatic air conditioning, power windows with one-touch up/down, power door locks, power heated outside mirrors, carpeted floor mats, day/night rearview mirror, outside temperature display, map lights, multiple beverage holders and three 12-volt accessory outlets.

Safety and Convenience

The 2015 Rogue LS comes with safety and convenience features including eight air bags, blind spot warning (BSW), moving object detection (MOD), forward collision warning (FCW), Around

2015 Nissan, Rogue SL, interior

The latest tech – speak to it

View Monitor (AVM), tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), electronic stability control (ESC), traction control system (TCS), hill start assist (HSA), Active Trace Control (ATC), Active Engine Braking (AEB), vehicle dynamic control (VDC), four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes (ABS) with brake assist, electronic brake force distribution (EBD), LED headlights with Auto Levelizer, fog lights, vehicle security system (VSS) and anti-theft vehicle immobilizer.

All 2015 Rogues have earned a US Government National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  4-Star Overall Vehicle Score, where 5 Stars is the highest safety rating.

Pricing

Clean Fleet Report’s 2015 Rogue SL FWD had a MRSP of $30,270 without the $860 Destination Charge. 2015 Rogue pricing, excluding the $860 Destination Charge:

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Open for business

S FWD         $ 23,040

S AWD         $ 24,390

SV FWD       $ 24,490

SV AWD       $ 25,840

SL FWD       $ 28,280

SL AWD       $ 29,630

Warranties

The 2015 Rogue SL comes with these warranties:

  • Basic – Three-year/36,000-mile
  • Powertrain – Five-year/60,000-mile
  • Anti-Perforation – Five-year/Unlimited mile

Observations: 2015 Nissan Rogue LS FWD

2015, Nissan Rogue, SL FWD,value

An edge in styling and substance

The 2015 Nissan Rogue offers clean styling, a spacious interior with convenient and desirable seating and storage flexibility, which includes the five-passenger or seven-passenger option. Having both a front-wheel and all-wheel drive option on the 2015 Rogue is a selling point for Nissan as it means everyone looking for a fuel efficient midsize SUV or CUV, Crossover Utility Vehicle, could be their customer.

Nissan’s direct competition for the Rogue are the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester. The Rogue holds-up well against all these fine cars, making it worthy of your consideration.

My overall impression of the 2015 Nissan Rogue is that I felt safe and in control at all times and would have no problem taking it on a cross-country road trip. I think you will agree.

Whatever you buy, Happy Driving!

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Disclosure:

Clean Fleet Report is loaned free test vehicles from automakers to evaluate, typically for a week at a time. Our road tests are based on this one-week drive of a new vehicle, which does not address issues such as long-term reliability or total cost of ownership. In addition we are often invited to manufacturer events highlighting new vehicles or technology, during which we may be offered free transportation, lodging or meals. We do our best to present our unvarnished evaluations of vehicles and news irrespective of these inducements. Our focus is on vehicles that offer the best fuel economy in their class or are among the top mpg vehicles on the market. In addition, we aim to offer reviews and news on advanced technology and the alternative fuel vehicle market. We welcome any feedback from vehicle owners and are dedicated to providing a forum for alternative viewpoints. Please let us know your views at publisher@cleanfleetreport.com.