Yet another I-4 paired with a CVT, but unlike the Mitsu Lancer's underpowered setup, this one doesn't sound as if it's about to self-destruct. The relatively large displacement (2.5L) engine doesn't feel as labored in the upper revs. Still, if CVTs are so tuneable, why doesn't it reach redline until after 60 mph? Why can't the software tell it to ramp up quicker?
While the Rogue isn't the smoothest stopping from 60 mph (it hopped a little, bobbed its nose a couple times) but it certainly stops short at 123 feet.
With so much suspension travel, it looks and feels pretty awkward around the skid pad, yet it maintains decent grip until understeer sets in. It doesn't feel very precise and requires periodic steering adjustments all the way around. In the slalom, the Rogues doesn't particularly enjoy rapid transitions. All that suspension travel eats up its ability to change direction rapidly. That and the disconnect with the CVT (even held in "gear" with manual mode) makes it difficult to find a rhythm through the cones. I spent quite a lot of time getting what I'd consider a good run out of the Rogue.