Nis­san Rogue Sport

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Bot­tom line: The Nis­san Rogue Sport is an ex­cel­lent crossover-util­ity ve­hi­cle for small fam­i­lies. Shop, es­pe­cially for price, in com­par­i­son with sim­i­lar of­fer­ings from Toy­ota, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Gen­eral Mo­tors and Ford. The Rogue Sport is of­fered in three trim lev­els — S, SV and SL.

Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: It is pleas­ant in all cat­e­gories. No com­plaints in this one. Head-turn­ing quo­tient: It is ugly-cute. En­gine/trans­mis­sion: It comes with a 2.0-liter, 16-valve, di­rect-in­jec­tion gaso­line en­gine with vari­able-valve lift and tim­ing. A con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion sends drive-power to the front wheels of all mod­els us­ing stan­dard front-wheel-drive. It pow­ers all-wheel drive in selected ver­sions of the SL trim model. Ca­pac­i­ties: Seat­ing is for five peo­ple. Cargo ca­pac­ity with all seats in place in the S and SV is 22.9 cu­bic feet. It drops to 19.9 in the SL. Real-world mileage: We, spousal pi­lot and I, av­er­aged 29.6 miles per gal­lon in high­way driv­ing. Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes front and rear ven­ti­lated disc brakes; four­wheel anti-lock brake pro­tec­tion; emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance; post­col­li­sion safety sys­tem; trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol; side and head air bags. Pric­ing: The 2017 Nis­san Rogue Sport starts at $24,370. Price as tested is $27,660, in­clud­ing $2,420 (SV pre­mium pack­age, in­clud­ing on­board nav­i­ga­tion) and an $870 fac­tory-to-dealer ship­ment charge.

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