What is it: Nissan's best-selling crossover utility comes in multiple trim levels — this one, the SL AWD, comes very well equipped, and our tester is loaded with extras including all-wheel drive and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving technology. That helps explain the $37K sticker price.
Key Competitors: Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape
Base Price: $33,385 As-Tested Price: $36,915
Highlights: A few months back the Nissan Rogue was the best-selling non-pickup in America, displacing powerhouses like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The reason? Nissan packs a lot of content into the tall crossover package that's so popular today, and despite the breathtaking sticker on our tester, there's value to be had in the lower Rogue trim levels.
Our Opinion: Nissan's really found the middle of the crossover road with the Rogue; it sells by the trainload based on its long list of standard equipment, generally attractive styling and the fact this is the kind of vehicle everyone seems to be shopping for today. That it also delivers a bland driving experience with video-game steering is only germane to those of us who actually enjoy being behind the wheel, and let's be honest — we're not the majority of the crossover market.
Where the Rogue falls especially flat is in its overall feel on the road — it's noisy inside, crashy over bumps and expansion joints and just generally unrefined. These traits would be largely forgivable in a $25,000 Rogue S (which helps explain the huge sales numbers), but this $37K this high-zoot SL drives exactly the same, just with a bunch of extra equipment.
There's great interior space, and Nissan has crafted an open, airy cabin feel even with the dark-colored materials on our tester. Likewise, the AWD performed admirably on snowy Detroit roads — Nissan's 170-horse four cylinder and continuously variable transmission doesn't deliver particularly sparkling performance, so at least it's easy to keep the wheels from breaking loose in the slick stuff.
—Andrew Stoy, digital editor
Options: Premium Package including power panoramic moonroof, LED headlights ($1,820); Platinum Package with 19-inch alloy wheels, electronic parking brake, ProPilot Assist ($790); premium paint ($395); floor mats with cargo area protector and first aid kit ($275); platinum reserve interior with tan leather-appointed quilted seats ($250)
On Sale: Now
Base Price: $33,385
As Tested Price: $36,915
Powertrain: 2.5-liter DOHC I4, AWD continuously variable transmission
Output: 170 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 175 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Curb Weight: 3,659 lb
Fuel Economy: 25/32/27 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)
Pros: Good interior room, nice-looking cockpit
Cons: Expensive for what it is; fancy trim can’t hide bargain underpinnings