Quiet Best Seller:
2015 Nissan Rogue has a distinct upscale feel.
Reviewing the monthly new car sales statistics (you didn’t think being an auto journalists didn’t mean just driving new vehicles, did you), we ran across an interesting fact. While not nearly as high profile as its Japanese brethren, Nissan has two of the ten best selling cars in the US – the Nissan Altima and the Nissan Rogue. While we’ve constantly seen Altima TV ads, we’ve noticed no Rogue advertising. So when we received a 2015 Nissan Rogue we were quite eager to learn why the vehicle is so popular.
The Rogue is Nissan’s entry in the cross over SUV market. It has the rugged look of an off-road vehicle, the utility and versatility of a pick-up truck, and the ride and handling of a front wheel drive car. For all practical purposes, these cross over SUVs have become the 21st century station wagon.
Redesigned last year, the Rogue’s exterior now has a bold front-end look that gives the vehicle a “tough” look. This attractive, bold front-end design smoothly flows in to the side and rear which has an upscale, “Infiniti –like” flair. This attractive new design gives the 2015 Rogue a “timeless” look. With reasonable care, the 2015 Rogue will always look fresh and new.
The Rogue’s compact exterior dimensions belies it’s roomy interior. Whether transporting our daughter and her dance team, friends to run errands, or SLUGGers, our passengers commented on the amount of room within our test Rogue. And as with it’s Japanese rivals, the Rouge can be equipped with a folding third row seat. We suspect that the third row seating may be reserved for kids and small adults.
But the Rogue’s relative low height and big doors made it quite easy to enter and exit the vehicle. Even our largest passengers didn’t feel as it they required some obtuse origami-like contortions to enter or exit the Rogue.
Once inside, it was clear the Nissan and Infiniti designers have been collaborating. When we receive an evaluation vehicle that is equipped with cloth upholstery, the interior tends to have a “rental car” like vibe. Because of the interior materials, attractive design, fit and finish, and refinement, the Rogue has a distinct upscale feel, even with the cloth upholstery.
The seating height and large greenhouse gives the driver outstanding visibility. We found ourselves zipping through a number of underground Washington DC Metro are underground parking garages. Parallel parking the Rogue was also a breeze.
The large, cube-like cargo area came in very handy for our weekly “box big” warehouse store trips. With a relatively low lift over height, we found that the Rogue was quite handy for carrying the bulky, “get ready for summer” purchases from the warehouse stores.
Equipped with a 170 horsepower, 175 foot pounds of torque, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a unique continuously variable transmission, our test vehicle yielded smooth, quick acceleration as well as outstanding fuel economy. During our test period, we averaged 28 miles per gallon, using regular grade gasoline. By the way, a continuously variable transmission is an automatic transmission that uses system of pulleys and belts rather than gears. The benefit is smoother shifting.
And while the Rogue can be ordered with all wheel drive we found that our front wheel drive test vehicle performed quite well over a number of different road conditioned. We always felt confident driving this vehicle, even when we were driving through a number of the recent thunderstorms.
After we reviewed the Monroney labeled, it became clear why the Rogue is a best seller. Equipped with navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth, power lift gate, heated seats, power doors, seats, and locks, and moving object detection, our test vehicle retailed for well under $30,000.
A closer review of the new vehicle sales statistics shows that the market is favoring crossover SUVs and trucks over the traditional sedan. The Nissan Rogue is a prime example of why this trend is happening. It’s vehicle that has attributes that appeals to buyers of all ages. Because the market has found the Rogue to be a very attractive crossover SUV, it needs no adversing to attract buyers.
Nissan has shown that they can make a really good four wheel drive SUV. The Nissan Pathfinder continues to be one of the ore popular compact four-wheel drive SUVs. And having recently evaluated the Nissan Altima, there’s good reason why this vehicle is a best seller. For the redesigned Rogue, it seems as if Nissan combined the best of the Pathfinder and the best of the Altima to create an attractive, versatile, and affordable crossover SUV. After a week in the 2015 Rogue, we can see why it has become one of the best selling vehicles in the US.
“Because of the interior materials, attractive design, fit and finish, and refinement, the Rogue has a distinct upscale feel, even with the cloth upholstery.”