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2015 Nissan Rogue

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/25/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Nissan Rogue gains an Eco mode, heated cloth seats on the SV Premium Package, and a new exterior color.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Nissan Rogue is a crossover with seating for up to seven passengers and slots below the Murano. It is sold in three grades and in front- or all-wheel drive configurations. A 2.5-liter I-4 with 175 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is the only powertrain available. The last-generation Rogue is still sold at Nissan dealerships at a lower price with the name Rogue Select.

Overview

Fuel economy is one of the 2015 Rogue's strong suits with front drive models achieving 26/33 mpg city/highway while all-wheel drive variants are rated at 25/32 mpg. However, acceleration suffers due to the emphasis placed on fuel efficiency, causing the engine to drone at high revs. Handling is good for a crossover with little body roll, and a decent electric power steering system. The trade-off for the agility is that through rough surfaces, there is "more transmission of potholes and large imperfections to the cabin."

Interior space in the 2015 Nissan Rogue is generous with many features that improve its functionality as a cargo or passenger hauler. The third row, however, is best suited for short hops because of its lack of room for adult passengers. Seating for five is generous with a sliding second row that also splits 40/20/40 for increased cargo carrying flexibility while Nissan's "Divide-'N-Hide system" creates an underfloor storage at the rear. Material quality is average with a mixture of hard and soft touch plastics on the dash, a multifunction TFT display and an available seven-inch touch screen with NissanConnect smartphone integration and navigation.

The 2015 Nissan Rogue has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

What We Think

The 2015 Nissan Rogue is a good choice for families due to its emphasis on functionality. Its available seating for seven and myriad of way to configure its cabin make it ideal for hauling people or cargo. In a 2014 First Drive review, we said that the Rogue's interior offers many convenience features such as the false floor and 40/20/40 split second row. However, in our first update for our long-term 2014 test car, we noted that the powertrain, particularly the CVT, was unrefined compared to cars with conventional gearboxes. Additionally, the infotainment system sometimes froze, which forced editors to shut it off and "sit for a bit" so that it can work again.

You'll Like

  • Functional interior
  • Well laid out controls
  • Available all-wheel-drive system

You Won't Like

  • Cramped third row
  • Noisy powertrain
  • Infotainment system has a tendency to freeze

Key Competitors

  • Toyota RAV4
  • Honda CR-V
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Ford Escape
  • Kia Sportage

Rating

3 star

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