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2011 Nissan Rogue

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2011 Nissan Rogue Review

Comfortable and fun compact crossover with a nice interior.

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Bringing a more upscale look to the 2011 Nissan Rogue may have been intentional in order to bring a closer resemblance to its fancier brother, the Murano, but the Rogue is actually based on the humble Sentra sedan. With the sporty demeanor and updated features, the Nissan Rogue is an excellent choice in compact crossover SUVs.

The 2011 rejuvenated Rogue has an updated style with standard rear and front spoilers, more chrome trim, a new grille, and bumpers. The cabin has an updated look, as well, with better looking instruments and a color display on the audio system. Additions of other high-end features also debuted in the 2011 model include a navigation system, automatic climate control, iPod integration, automatic on/off headlights, and alloy 18-inch wheels. The fuel economy was improved thanks to the enhanced aerodynamics of the underbody panel. Another thing that sets it apart is the soft-touch, high-quality dashboard materials, giving the cabin a very classy look.

The Rogue has a few slight weaknesses, like the continuously variable transmission that makes the engine drone when accelerating heavily. Also, the small crossover does not offer an option for V-6, and the rear seat has no reclining or sliding feature that some others do. Nonetheless, the newly redesigned 2011 Nissan Rogue has more attractive styling and better driving dynamics than many of the rivals in the segment.

The Range

Body styles: compact crossover SUV
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: continuously variable transmission
Models: Nissan Rogue S, Nissan Rogue SV, and Nissan Rogue S Krom Edition

What's New

For 2011, there is a revitalization of the Nissan Rogue which entails adding luxury features. There are slight improvements in fuel economy and a revised rear and front styling, along with some trim levels being shuffled.


The 2011 Nissan Rogue S model comes with rear privacy glass, and 16-inch steel wheels, while the S Krom Edition has 18-inch alloy wheels, and a different front fascia and grille, as well as a sport exhaust that is center-mounted.

The Rogue SV model's standard equipment will add roof rails, keyless entry, keyless ignition, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Adding the additional package options, Premium and SL, the exterior can be enhanced with xenon headlights, heated side mirrors, foglights, and a sunroof.


Boasting the newer, redesigned interior that could possibly be one of the nicest of all compact crossovers, there are several interior standard features and options. The 2011 Nissan Rogue may have a smaller storage compartment, but makes it up with a massive glove box, under-floor organizer, and a significant center console bin.

The Rogue S model comes standard with cruise control, full power accessories, keyless entry, iPod connectivity, auxiliary jack, a trip computer, air-conditioning, a four-speaker CD player audio system, and a tilt steering wheel. The S Krom Edition has the same features along with audio controls on the steering wheel.

The SV model has the previous features and adds upgraded upholstery, front passenger seat that folds down, power driver seat that has six-way function and lumbar adjustment, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, controls that are mounted on the steering wheel, and the upgraded audio six-speaker system with a color display.

There are additional packages that are available with the SV model; the Premium package adds an excellent navigation system that reports real-time traffic, automatic climate control, and automatic on/off headlights. The SL package has those features along with a Bose premium audio system that has a subwoofer, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and rearview mirror with an auto-dimming function.

Performance & Handling

The 2011 Nissan Rogue has a four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine that can produce 170 horsepower with 175 lb-ft of torque and utilizes a CVT. The Rogue drives with great handling like a car, absorbing the road imperfections to almost non-existent. The exemplary highway stability is aided by well-weighted steering and good body control. The four-cylinder gives ample power for accelerating to 60 mph in only 8.6 seconds, which is considered to be very quick for compact crossovers.


When it comes to safety features, the Rogue comes with brake assist on the anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, side curtain airbags that are full-length, side airbags for the front seat, and front head restraints. Brake testing was noted that the Rogue is great on stopping from a speed of 60 mph to a full halt, taking only 121 feet to stop.

During the government crash testing, the Nissan Rogue achieved four stars for both passenger and driver protection. Five-star ratings were given for the vehicles rear and front side-impact tests. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the rating of ""good"" in the side-impact testing and frontal-offset testing that was done. This rating is the highest one possible with their standards and procedures.

EPA Fuel Economy

Nissan Rogue front-wheel drive: 22/28 mpg city/highway
Nissan Rogue all-wheel drive: 22/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Capable handling
  • Smooth ride
  • Comfortable front seats
  • High-quality cabin

You Won't Like

  • CVT causes a bit of engine drone
  • Lacks a V-6 option
  • Rearward visibility isn’t great
  • Lacks versatility and cargo room

Sum Up

Comfortable and fun compact crossover with a nice interior.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Mazda CX-7
  • Honda CR-V
  • Kia Sportage

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