By Barbara & Bill Schaffer
The Rogue name may be rooted with the likes of scoundrels and scallywags, but we think the Nissan Rogue is much more heroic.
All new in 2014, Nissan?s compact SUV/crossover is so popular it has been setting sales records and is Nissan?s second best-selling model in the U.S. after the Altima. The Rogue has also won several popularity contests since its rebirth and now displays trophies that proclaim it “Best SUV,” “Best Family Car” and “Best Value” by leading consumer and automotive online media organizations.
Like many new vehicles the Nissan Rogue wears the latest in distinctive LED daytime running lights. LED headlights with an automatic leveling device are also available as are other features like heated outside mirrors, power liftgate and panoramic moonroof.
The Rogue may not handle quite as well as some of the sportier Nissan models, but it handles better than most of its competitors thanks to features like Active Trace Control and Active Ride Control which automatically applies certain brakes for better cornering control and smooth out engine torque characteristics.
The 2015 Nissan Rogue is available in three trim levels starting with the S trim at $23,675, including the destination charge. The SV starts at $25,375 and the top of the line SL at $29,165. All-wheel drive adds $1,350. The SL AWD with the one available Premium Package (moonroof, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, LED headlights, Blind Spot and Moving Object Detection) tops out at $32,505.
We like the 2015 Nissan Rogue. It could use a little more performance ? a turbocharger option would make it sing. And as for the name, we think ?Rogue? translates better to ?a clean fresh look, impressive versatility and outstanding value.?