In terms of safety, drivers can expect antilock disc brakes and stability control, while front, side and side curtain airbags are standard. Handling and safety are both helped by the strong braking system.
Keeping the ride smooth with good handling lets passengers enjoy the interior. Soft plastics are common, and the seats are almost as spacious as the various storage cubbies. That includes not just seatback pockets like many other models, but even a grocery hook on the front passenger seat which protects fragile food items. Under-floor storage is also available throughout the trim lines. On the other hand, cargo space is somewhat limited as the rear seats don’t fold down, which could be an issue for some.
Two competitors have newer styling, the Mazda CX-5 and the Ford Escape, and both offer good handling with sprightly engines. The Ford Escape may be too aggressive and options cost a bundle while the CX-5 is a little light on the amenities. The Honda CR-V offers a bit more space, but the interior can seem dated. The Chevrolet Equinox starts off costing a bit more, but don’t expect sharp handling.
The Nissan Rogue offers a bevy of features and creature comforts, and drives well without encouraging a lead foot. Keeping that in mind, while there are three packages, the base Nissan Rogue S is very well appointed, but some buyers may enjoy the SV or SV with SL package thanks to impressive options for the price point.
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