|Reviewed By||Erin Olson|
|Price as Tested||$28,135: 2.5-L 170-hp DOHC I4, CVT, SV Premium Package, SV Family Package|
Comfort is very important to me, and the Rogue did not let me down. The 6-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support and appropriately angled headrest kept all my favorite limbs happy. Other things that made me happy: the music staying on until the driver’s door opens and the swell 26 mpg in the city.
If you’re the sort of guy who likes to announce to the entire neighborhood, “Hey, I’ve just locked my car!” then you’ll enjoy the Rogue. If you’re not that guy, however, you’ll simply grow progressively more annoyed. Also, if there were one piece of advice I could pass on to future owners it would be, “Just say no to optional third row seating.” Paying more to give up the cargo space for a seat that’s useless for all but the tiniest people seems like a bad deal.
I like to sum things up in one word. For the Rogue it’s “utilitarian.” It felt like a vehicle with a purpose. I could get places, carry things, run stuff over – I felt like I could do it all. We were testing a luxury competitor of the Rogue at the same time — the 2015 Acura MDX SH-AWD — and shockingly, I found myself preferring the stealthy underdog — even more-so once I noted that the MDX came in at more than twice the price of the Rogue. The version I tested was pretty loaded, but the base model is available for a respectable $24,490. On a superficial note, the looks have improved significantly over last year’s model. I wouldn’t call it aggressive, but confident fits the bill.
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