Apr 15, 2013
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $30,965: 2.5-liter 170-hp DOHC 4-cylinder, Xtronic CVT with Sport Mode

2.5-liter 4-banger putts along almost silently. Intuitive layout for interior controls on steering wheel and dash. Birds-eye backup camera works well and eleminates all risk of curbed alloy rims. Decent fuel economy for its size. Many crossovers have surprisingly little storage area behind the rear seat—this one isn’t too bad. Feels safe. Cruises solidly in a straight line.


That quietly running engine connects to a CVT that howls under even moderate acceleration. Bland styling, poor rearward visibility. You can connect your phone via Bluetooth for calls, but you can’t use it as a music source without a cord.


The Rogue is an adequate realization of the “crossover” concept. It offers safety and styling that will appeal to S.U.V. aspirers without breaking the fuel economy bank.

Fun to Drive
2.0 rating
Fun to Look at
1.5 rating
Overall Experience
2.0 rating
Horsepower 170
Torque 175
EPA Mileage 22/27

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