The strongest attribute of the 2019 Rogue may be its comfortable ride, while its engine and transmission may be its weakest link. That said, you’re not about to carve up the race track with any crossover utility vehicle outside of expensive performance models from Jeep, Audi, and the rest.
With an output of 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is geared toward efficiency, and it delivers, averaging an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway, and 29 combined. That’s laudable, especially since some competitors struggle to average 25 mpg combined. When properly equipped, the Rogue can tow too, although its 1,102 trailering rating isn’t a big selling point.
Choose all-wheel drive if you live where winter conditions are common. The Rogue has an 8.4-inch ground clearance, although it is designed for on-road conditions and not for rigorous off-road duty.