If you are looking for a reasonably-priced small crossover, there are at least ten reasons to go Rogue.
The Nissan Rogue is working hard to gain ground against heavy hitters like the best-selling Honda CR-V.
In fact, it gained size, a more handsome exterior, and a better interior in its last update.
Nissan is playing to its strengths with this vehicle, emphasizing comfort, versatility, technology, safety features, and fuel economy.
If you aren’t in North America, you’ll know the Nissan Rogue by another name, the X-Trail.
These similar crossovers offer most of the same features.
#1 Fuel Economy
Probably the best reason to consider the Rogue / X-Trail is to save at the pump. The Nissan Rogue gets 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.
Test drivers at Left Lane News reported that they got numbers exceeding these estimates.
The X-Trail is rated at 7.9 litres per 100KM (when we tested it in the city, it scored 11.2 KM per one liter).
If you are lucky enough to live where the X-Trail is available, then you will want to check out the diesel.
The diesel X-Trail can claim 5.3 litres per 100KM. It also has stop/start technology to shut off the engine during long idles. This can save money at every red-light.
#2 Cargo Smart
Leading its class, the Rogue / X-Trail has 39 cubic feet/1112 L in its regular hold. The coolest part is its cargo dividing system. In the regular two-row rogue / x-trail, you can get this system with shelves and storage compartments.
For families or anyone on the go, this is a great organizational tool. Like its rivals, you can fold the second row flat.
Unlike most rivals, the front row seat also folds flat. So you can divide, hide, and go long.
Nissan says there are 18 configurations in all. In some markets, the X-Trail also offers a sensor-driven power liftgate that recognizes the driver’s key and opens up.
The Nissan Rogue / X-Trail has stretched in significant ways. It is taller, now leading the Honda CR-V, the Ford Escape, and the Toyota RAV4 in front headroom.
The doors open more widely, making it easier to get inside.
The back row now slides on a nine-inch track. It also reclines, making it on par with its competitors.
Still on the small side, these changes do make the interior more inviting.
#4 Optional Third Row
For those who need that occasional third row seat, the Nissan Rogue / X-trail is one of the most affordable options.
Its rivals, the Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V, don’t have this option. Of course, you won’t find much room back there for anyone other than the kids, but that doesn’t make it too different than similar-sized three-row rivals.
If you need a third row for everyday use, that’s the job of the all-new Nissan Pathfinder (if you have deep pockets!)
#5 The View
Frankly, every SUV needs the Around View Monitor that is a Nissan exclusive.
Like a flock of birds flying directly overhead, the cameras can see the entire perimeter.
Moving Object Detection adds sensors that can recognize a child, a dog or a car.
The Nissan Rogue / X-Trail offers its passengers a panoramic view of the sky with an optional double sunroof. This really opens the small cabin with light and air at the push of a button.
The rogue / x-trail’s handling is enhanced by some special features that aren’t found on every SUV. Nissan uses Active Engine Braking, a system that recognizes when the crossover goes into a curve.
It slows and then accelerates just like your driving instructor tried to teach you. Active Trace Control is also working, trying to straighten the car up when it swerves away from the direction that you are steering.
You can get Nissan’s Intuitive All-Wheel Drive on every Nissan Rogue edition, even the least expensive. This is a big deal in the U.S. where 4×4 capability is often tied to a higher trim edition.
When equipped with Intuitive All Wheel Drive, the rogue / x-trail also benefits from Hill Descent Control. This is a gear-saver if you drive in the mountains on a regular basis.
The rogue / x-trail earned Top Safety Pick after extensive testing by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The SUV offers the latest in collision warnings, including an active blind spot monitoring system.
This system reacts to your blinker by audibly warning you not to change lanes. You can also get the forward collision warning system on the Rogue, but it is an extra that’s only available as an option on the priciest edition.
#8 Gravity Chairs
Nissan has created these dense foam seats that are truly comfortable. The company calls them zero gravity chairs that are inspired by NASA, the U.S. space agency.
There is something special about how they reduce fatigue during long trips. These are offered on the Rogue, but they may not be available on the X-Trail.
#9 Easy Fill Tire Alert
The Easy Fill Tire Alert can tell you which tire needs air.
Then it can make you laugh by beeping at you when the correct pressure is reached.
This is a Nissan Rogue feature that may not be available on the Nissan X-Trail.
#10 Tech Standards
Nissan takes care to give the consumer real bang for the buck, especially when it comes to dash tech. rogue / x-trail standards include a 5-inch color screen, a rear-view camera, Bluetooth, and a hands-free text messaging feature.
A 7-inch screen with navigation is also available.
The Nissan X-Trail also offers Push Button Start as a standard feature. This will bump you up to the second trim edition in the U.S.
Bonus reason to buy the Nissan Rogue / X-Trail
In February 2016, Nissan reported that the Rogue crossover drove increased demand in the U.S., the Japanese automaker’s biggest market, with Rogue deliveries surging 44%, the biggest jump among top models.
Sales of the Nissan Rogue crossover set a January 2016 record at 19,762, an increase of 26% compared to Jan 2015.
As a matter of fact and again in the U.S. alone, Nissan deliveries climbed to a record 1.48 million units on demand for the Rogue and Murano crossovers and Infiniti Q50 sedan.
Nissan Rogue Pros:
- Very stable when taking corners.
- 4×4 mode increases the car grip and acceleration is better.
- Can drive up to 600 Kilometer before the need to refuel.
- Fuel economy is good even with the AC on.
Nissan Rogue Cons:
- When it rains heavily, the side mirrors are useless, covered with rain drops.
- Engine break stops the car, granted. But when you lift your feet from the brake pedal afterwards, the car stays slow and don’t pick speed for 3-5 seconds.
- The cabin / suspension is quiet on Asphalt, not on gravel or while wadi bashing.
- I had to change the battery for the remote control. Dealer blamed it on me. Cost $10.
- Radio is rebooting randomly every now and then.
- A/C stopped cooling after a year and a half of normal usage. Dealer is still checking.