The 2016 redesign of the Nissan Rogue, a decent past-performer in the market, enters the market with new style and excellent fuel economy.

Pricing and Equipment

Pricing for the Nissan Rogue starts at $23,240 for the S trim package, which is the base offering in the series. Buyers might lean toward the SV with an MSRP of $24,690. There is a decent menu of optional upgrades, and it’s not as expensive as the top-spec SL, which starts in the high $28,000s. Features on the SV include:

  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • 6-way power driver's seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless entry and push-button start

An important note: Buyers who want features like Nissan Connect and the Around View Monitor must upgrade to the SL.

Performance Pros

Nissan Rogue Rear
  • The Rogue's all-independent suspension, active ride control, and electric power steering deliver excellent handling.
  • We love the fuel economy of this model. The 33 mpg highway rating is impressive, but even the combined 28 mpg -- with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive -- make the Nissan Rogue a strong contender in the fuel savings department.

Performance Cons

  • The Rogue is still powered by the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine it's had in the past. Horsepower remains static at 170 which we think acceleration is mediocre at best.
  • The continuously variable transmission (CVT) allows heavy revving that can get noisy.

Interior Pros

  • Seating in the Rogue is exceptionally comfortable, with gracious design and good padding.

Interior Cons

  • Nissan added third-row seating to the recently redesigned Rogue. While that might seem like a "pro," the lack of headroom and legroom, along with smaller seating size, means it's should be treated an an occasional seat for children.
  • Although the folding/sliding seats add decent cargo capacity, the Rogue is at the smaller end of the compact crossover class.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Nissan Rogue Interior

The new model year has brought a sleek-looking design and some extra seating. The fuel economy on the Nissan Rogue, we feel, sets it apart in the market from its competitors.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The Rogue dropped the ball with the comfort of the additional seating. Though a nice effort, consumers would have been helped by roomier seating in the back and extended cargo space. The noisy ride and mediocre power output are also a bit of a disappointment.

The Bottom Line

This is a decent offering in the class. It has some real pluses with the design, fuel economy and technology being offered. For the price point it’s not a bad vehicle, as long as road noise and lack of power aren’t big issues for the consumer.