Thursday, October 16, 2014

2015 Nissan Rogue: Sharp and Well-Designed for Driving Enjoyment

The 2015 Nissan Rogue is the in the second year of this second generation for this excellent SUV.  Offers as a vehicle that shows up in its class with a third row of seats where much of the competition cannot add a third row to their seating.  In addition to this great feature, the Rogue is equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that offers a great deal of fuel efficiency where others are using more traditional methods and not able to enjoy the same great fuel savings as the Rogue.

Considered to be a compact SUV the Rogue offers much better dimensions inside and out than most in the compact segment.  Added to the Rogue for this new model year are an Eco mode, heated front seats which are both included in the SV Premium Package and the Artic Blue Metallic paint will replace the Graphite Blue.  

Driving the Nissan Rogue offers a secure environment that is full of safety features and a suspension and steering system that works extremely well together.  The suspension is finely tuned and able to handle anything thrown its way while the steering is highly responsive and agile on any road.  The Rogue is only powered by one engine which makes it hard to enjoy a highly powered ride anywhere, but this SUV does offers comfort and ability on the road to make it a great ride, especially for a growing family who needs an SUV that is going to provide them with the ability to get to various destinations with confidence and security.

The single engine offered for the Nissan Rogue is one that shows up as a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine.  This engine comes in with 170 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque for owners to get enough power to drive where they need to but not so much that it’s generally wasted under the hood, waiting for that one time to go on an adventure.  This engine is mated to an Xtronic continuously variable transmission that is great for making this a daily driver vehicle for running errands or using as a commuter vehicle.  When this transmission is in place the fuel efficiency of the Nissan Rogue comes in at 26 city/33 hwy for the front-wheel drive (FWD) models and 25 city/32 hwy mpg for the all-wheel drive (AWD) versions.  Anyone needing to tow gear can actually tow up to 1,000 pounds which isn’t much, but enough to get some camping gear into the woods.

The cabin of the Rogue offers an attractive look with enjoyably illuminated instruments as well as high quality materials throughout the vehicle.  Every surface of the Rogue is soft to the touch and helps to make the ride comfortable and enjoyable.  Add to this comfort the infotainment and connectivity offered inside the Rogue and this vehicle is suited to make almost every occupant very pleased to ride along in the vehicle.  With a third row of seating that is offered the Rogue is very versatile offering the ability to seat up to seven as long as the third row occupants are small children, or a great deal of exceptional cargo configurations to make this a great vehicle for the growing family, busy professional, or anyone who needs to take some gear or extra people wherever they need to go.

The outside of the Rogue is very attractive and athletic looking.  With smooth curves and lines from the front to the back, the Rogue offers plenty of great looks from every angle keeping an interested eye moving over the vehicle.  The front grill is adorned with a chrome-V that is appealing and enjoyable and flanked with two swept back headlights that begin the journey over the vehicle.  All lights on the Rogue appear much more upscale than the price tag shows and offer a look of an almost luxury vehicle.  To finish off the excellent appearance, the Rogue sits on a full set of double star spoked wheels that are eye catching when driving or when standing still.

The Rogue offers a very nice list of standard features that are available in three trim levels.  The base trim level, S model, comes equipped with a rearview monitor, Bluetooth connectivity, text-messaging assistant and a four-speaker audio system with a five-inch color display and USB and auxiliary ports.  The SV model of the Rogue adds the NissanConnect mobile app service, dual zone climate control, push button starting, a six-way power driver’s seat, six speakers, a rear privacy glass and roof rails.  The top of the line SL model comes in with a power liftgate, a navigation system with a seven-inch touch screen and voice control, Around View monitor, leather trimmed seats, and a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system.  Any of these trim levels offers a great vehicle for the price, with the SL being the most enjoyable at the standard settings.

The optional features for the Nissan Rogue are mostly bundled into the different trim levels.  All-wheel drive can be had on any of the three trim levels and the third row of seating is available for the S and SV trims.  The SV Premium package adds a navigation system, the Around View monitor, power liftgate, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and moving object detection.  The SL Premium package adds a panoramic moonroof, LED headlights and forward collision warning.  The Rogue offers a hatch tent for those who enjoy camping to be able to turn their Rogue into a very comfortable tent.

Starting at a price of $23,650 for the 2015 Nissan Rogue S model the price moves up to $25,350 for the SV model and at the top of the line the base SL model shows up with a $29,140 price.  AWD will add $1,350 to the price of any of the different models and a loaded Nissan Rogue can reach up past the $33,000 price point but with all the added features and fun options this price can be well worth the additional money.

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