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2013 Nissan Rogue

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2013 Nissan Rogue Review

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The Nissan Rogue belongs to the increasingly crowded marketplace of compact crossover vehicles, making it a challenge for designers to distinguish one model from the rest of the pack. Fortunately, Nissan has taken great initiative in the design of the Rogue. The Rogue is available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and provides seating for up to five passengers. Built on the chassis of the previous generation’s Sentra sedan, the Rogue handles nicely and offers plenty of cargo space. The interior is nicely appointed and stylish, giving the Rogue a slight edge over the many competitors in its class. The 2013 Nissan Rogue drives like a sedan and looks cool and collected on the road, making it a top choice in its class.

The Nissan Rogue is a well-designed compact SUV that is affordable, practical, and comparatively roomy. The Rogue is available in two trim levels, the S and the SV. The Rogue is the clear winner for drivers who value an equal balance of performance, style, and efficiency.

New For 2013

The Nissan Rogue receives only minor updates for 2013, including:

  • Some features which were optional on prior-year models are now standard.


The 2013 Nissan Rogue is quite sleek and fashionable, owing much of its exterior styling to the up-market Murano. Standard features of the S trim level include 16-inch steel wheels, all-season tires, and full wheel covers. The basic configuration of the Rogue also offers a rear spoiler and cargo tie downs. The SV trim level offers 18-inch alloy wheels, all-season tires, and roof rack. Options include rear bumper protector, illuminated kick plates, and splash guards. The 2013 Nissan Rogue SV also offers trailer wiring and can handle a towing load of up to 1,000 pounds. Overall, the styling of the 2013 Nissan Rogue is nice and uniquely modern, setting it slightly ahead of the rest of the compact SUV sector.

Interior & Cargo

The interior design is one of the most defining features of the 2013 Rogue. In addition to the stylized dash and conveniently laid-out controls, the interior of the Rogue offers cruise control, extensive storage, retained accessory power, and a tilt steering wheel. Simulated alloy trim is sported by the gearshift and steering wheel. The in-car entertainment complements of the 2013 Nissan Rogue include AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 playback, auxiliary audio input, iPod connectivity, radio data system, and USB connection. Bluetooth is omitted in the Nissan Rogue S, but is standard for the SV version. The Rogue SV also adds power steering, premium cloth, and a folding flat passenger seat. Both models feature front bucket seats.


Safety considerations in the design of the 2013 Nissan Rogue are well thought out and cutting-edge. They include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, dual front head airbags, side-mounted airbags, emergency braking assist, and an engine immobilizer. Other safety considerations include stability control, traction control, and electronic brake force distribution. Tire pressure monitoring is also included across the lineup. The passenger seat position offers occupant-sensing deactivation. Also included in the design include is an anti-theft alarm system. Innovations include a passenger head restraint whiplash protection system and driver head restraint whiplash protection. Safety features of the 2013 Nissan Rogue are in alignment with class standards, if not overly ambitious. It is a great car for families looking for safety.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Nissan Rogue offers a choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. All versions are equipped with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine outputting 170-horsepower (hp). The engine of the Rogue is paired with a continuously variable transmission. With solid suspension and a comparatively nice interior, the Rogue does define itself against the backdrop of banal competitors. Though not the most powerful vehicle in its class by any measure, the 2013 Nissan Rogue does offer some nice features and an overall competent design that makes it a worthy choice. The 2013 Nissan Rogue is a compact SUV from a trusted automaker that will assert itself in comparison to less feature-rich competitors. Certainly worth more than a passing look, the Rogue is everything it aims to be in one affordable package.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Nissan Rogue

  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Ford Escape
  • Dodge Journey
  • Kia Soul

See the New 2015 Rogue.

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