Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue, a four-seat compact crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV), debuted in 2007 for the 2008 model year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

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Nissan Rogue Origins

The Rogue uses the same platform as the Kia Sentra. This benefits ride quality, as the vehicle's long-travel suspension soaks up bumps and road imperfections easily. The Rogue also stays stable and quiet at speed. In 2010, the Nissan Rogue received the Consumer’s Digest Best Buy Award, and it received the highest safety rating of five stars from the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Unfortunately, on the heels of receiving such honors, Nissan had to execute a recall of 7365 units of the 2011 Rogue for the improper installation of the electronic power steering assist units.

Nissan Motor Company, based in Japan, first began in 1914 under the Datsun name. Datsun serves as an acronym for the partners’ names: Kenjiro Den, Rokuro Aoyama, and Meitaro Takeuchi (DAT). The first DAT trucks served the military from 1918 to 1926, when the military market began to slow down. DAT merged with Jitsuyo Motors in 1926, and when DAT came out with a new car in 1931, it used the name Datsun (meaning DAT’s son). Nissan took control of DAT Motors in 1933, and the Nissan name incorporated a new company in 1934. The first Rogue appeared from 1966 to 1969 as an American Motors car for the nameplate of its Rambler American top trim convertible and performance models.

About the Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue enjoys popularity with female consumers. Nissan discovered that women tend to gravitate toward the Rogue because it drives more like a car than a truck and maneuvers easily. It shows off a curvy and sleek body style and offers enough room for two children to sit in the back and not feel cramped. The rear cargo area can haul family beach or picnic gear, and it has auxiliary audio inputs to connect iPods or MP3 players.

It also gets good fuel economy for a truck, averaging 23/28 mpg city/highway for the two-wheel drive version. Nissan also recognizes safety to be an important factor when choosing a vehicle, so it equips the Nissan Rogue with six airbags, traction control, four-wheel disc brakes with brake assist, and an automatic braking system. The controls operate easily and the dashboard has an intuitive layout.

The Rogue looks a bit more refined than some of the other crossovers on the market. Nissan has taken care to use good materials and solid manufacturing to assemble its cars, resulting in a line of reliable, capable machines.

Nissan Rogue Features

The 2012 Nissan Rogue offers the S and SV trim levels. Both trims share the same standard equipment, which includes a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, full power accessories, side curtain airbags, folding side mirrors, anti-lock brakes, and stability and traction controls. Both models offer either front drive or all-wheel drive.

For 2012, Nissan adds an optional Around-View Monitor System, which allows drivers to view the front and rear of the car via a monitor and four cameras that sit on the front, rear, and both side mirrors. This enables drivers to better navigate space when parallel parking or moving through tight spaces. The addition of the camera system makes the 2012 Nissan Rogue the first crossover SUV to offer this technology.

The Nissan Rogues comes equipped with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower at 175 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission remains the continuously variable transmission (CVT). This car can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds. The interior features comfortable seats, but they do not slide or recline. The cabin uses good-quality materials. The controls in the center stack have an intuitive layout and seem easy to see and operate. The 60/40-split rear seat increases the cargo area from a paltry 28.9 cubic feet to 59.7 cubic feet when folded flat. Folding down the front passenger seat creates a storage length of 8.5 feet, which easily accommodates long items like ladders.

Nissan Rogue Evolution

The Nissan Rogue debuted in 2007 for the 2008 model year. From 2007 to 2012, it received several design tweaks to the interior, and Nissan changed trim levels and options packages. The 2011 model year saw the unveiling of the special Krom Edition, which adds a unique grille design, 18-inch, alloy wheels, satellite radio, privacy glass, fog lamps, and a center-exit, sport-tuned exhaust to the S trim. The CVT also has a new sport mode with the Krom Edition.

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