The 2015 Nissan Rogue Won’t Provide A Driving Excitement, But It’ll Seat Seven And Their Luggage Wherever I Takes

Like it or not, the new Nissan Rogue which was revealed in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show under the name of X-trail (the car is called that way in Europe) is based on a compact car platform. That said, the underpinnings of this rather popular Nissan SUV are somewhat shared with the European small SUVs such as the Nissan Pulsar, the Nissan Qashqai and lately the Renault Kadjar. However, not everything is closely associated with these small crossovers. The 2015 Nissan Rogue is built using the CMF platform (Common Module Family) meaning that some elements used on even more upmarket vehicles (such as the Murano), could be found on the Rogue as well.

Unveiling the vehicle in America as a 2014 Nissan Rogue, the Japanese car soon became one of the most recognizable on the roads. Despite its involvement with Apple and release of its iTunes software, the Nissan Rogue was actually mostly praised for the fact that it was an American built vehicle. Of course, Nissan produced it on the far east as well (as an X-trail), but the cars aimed toward US were produced in Tennessee and apart from the vehicles adopted for other  markets in the world, Nissan equipped it with a 2.5 liter four cylinder petrol engine. The 2015 Nissan Rogue is a young vehicle. Only a year before was revealed and it basically did not receive any changes in comparison with the car from a year before. However, some basic trim level changes were put in place.

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The 2015 Nissan Rogue is available with three different trim levels (S, SV and SL) and even the trim level named with least letters provides rather impressive list of equipment. Actually, refined interior with soft touch plastic, nicely shaped elements and rather advanced infotainment system is the centerpiece of this car. Also, its comfort levels are staggeringly high even surpassing the roominess offered by cars from the same segment. What’s more, the car is even available with seven seat seating (for S and SV), which is not a commonality in the mid-size SUV segment.

The basic equipment is generous. It includes LED running lights, cruise control, air-conditioning, keyless entry, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 5-inch color display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and an iPod/USB interface. The list can be considerably lengthened choosing the SV (adds 17-inch alloys, roof rails, keyless ignition, powered driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, NissanConnect smartphone integration), while the SL kicks everything up even more. Wheels are bigger, entertainment equipment is more extensive and safety equipment equals that of the best cars from the segment.

However, many automotive journalists don’t find the 2015 Nissan Rogue to be as enjoyable as it looks. It seems that the engine is not that powerful. 2.5 liter naturally aspirated engine develops 170 HP and 175 lb ft of torque, which isn’t enough to provide the car with brisk performance expected from it. More importantly, fuel efficiency isn’t as impressive as it should be (26 city/33 highway for FWD and 25 city/32 highway for AWD), while the driver, in part thanks to a CVT transmission, won’t be as amused as in, let’s say the Mazda CX-5.

Despite the lack of excitement, the 2015 Nissan Rogue offers roomy interior, some luxury equipment and, possibly, best in class boot good for many things. Also, if you happen to like its sharp and aggressive looks then it’s not hard to acknowledge that the Rogue become slightly better car than before.

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