Nissan Rogue Sport
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.