By Duane Pemberton
With the smaller-sized crossover SUV market on-fire, it’s becoming even more paramount for auto makers to find ways of distinguishing their offerings. This 2012 Rogue SL by Nissan has some nice features inside and out to make it a compelling vehicle to consider.
- All Wheel Drive
- 4 Cylinder Engine
- Engine Type: Gas I4
- Displacement: 2.5L/152
- Horsepower (Net @ RPM): 170 @ 6000
- Torque (Net @ RPM): 175 @ 4400
- Transmission: Continuously variable ratio
- Turning diameter: 37.4
- Gasoline Fuel
- EPA Fuel Economy Est – City (MPG): 22
- EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy (MPG): 26
- Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal): 15.9
- Base Curb Weight (lbs): 3479
- Price as configured:
It’s outward appearance is totally “Nissan” in a good way – somewhat unconventional and gets people talking. I also realize it’s a bit polarizing in that some will either like the way the front looks or not – I like it’s “different” look.
The 4-cylinder engine churns out 170hp and 175 pound-feet of toque and is mated to a rather noisy CVT transmission the combination provides adequate power for around town and even with four passengers and nets around 26mpg on the highway.
Rear cargo volume is at 28.9 cubic-feet with the seats up and 57.9 with the seats down – overall not too bad – should be enough room to haul at least 16 cases of wine, double stacked.
The rear visibility on the Rogue can be a bit of a challenge so I’m glad they implemented the 360-degree camera as well as a rear-view back-up camera.
The audio system is good but not great – it’s about the same as most I’ve heard from Nissan – standard fare here, nothing to get excited about but it does host a some nice features. Touch-screen control, built-in navigation that uses SD cards for map updates, CD playback, USB input as well as bluetooth audio. So it has good tech, I wish that it sounded better, however.
The interior is very well appointed for a car in its price range – all the materials feel above-board and sports very nice seats. Overall legroom is good for the front and rear passengers and there’s nothing really inside that “feels cheap”. Good effort here by Nissan to keep it best-of-class. All the controls are in very easy reach and the instrumentation lights up very well at night.
All in all, the Rogue represents a good value for well under the $30k mark and is a crossover I’d highly consider if you’re looking at perhaps the Ford Escape or even the Mazda CX-5. Book a test-drive today and let me know what you think.