I am a guys who reads all of the professional car/suv reviews, and my experience with my Rogue is much more positive than what the reviewers say about the vehicle. I am high 50's male with a bad back from an accident and went looking for a "right height" vehicle since I have trouble crouching down to get into many sedans or hopping up into most SUVs. After sitting in a significant number of vehicles I found the Rogue fit the bill perfectly. Height is just right for me to slide into, and the seats are extremely comfortable (I didn't believe the Nissan propaganda about zero gravity design seats until I sat in them). And in spite of the professional reviewers who say that the Rogue drives poorly, I love it. Recognize that I use my Rogue for what I think a typical driver would use it for. I drive a few miles each day back and forth to work, go around town on errands, and will hop onto the interstate occasionally to go visit someone. I am not looking for a street racing machine and I don't care if it doesn't corner at high g-rates. Just typical average everyday driving. And in this the Rogue does wonderfully. Plenty of pickup, and no - I don't get a horrendous "drone" from the engine/transmission since I am not trying to drag race down the street or into interstate on ramps. Accelerates just fine. Smooth and comfortable ride - maybe not to the standards of a 1980's Buick - but what SUV does? Much smoother and more comfortable than the BMW and Mercedes SUVs that my friends drive for name recognition. Lots of room inside. Carries plenty in rear. A/C works great which is key here in Florida. Handles my daily grind just fine. Are there things that I don't like - sure. Nissan's bluetooth connectivity is somewhat behind others - my iphone connects perfectly to the other 3 cars in my family (Toyota, BMW and Hyundai) but even the dealer can't figure out why the Rogue won't pull in my full address book for all voice recognition calls. Gas mileage a bit lower than advertised. But bottom line is that the Rogue handles my daily driving needs admirably well - and at a great cost (dealer hugely discounted off list price). Highly recommend the vehicle for anyone looking for comfortable, normal transportation. I will continue to read the professional car reviews, but now I recognize that their specific vehicle criticisms may not apply to a typical driver like myself.
First off let me say that I did a lot of research into this class of vehicle and wasn't actually in the market for new SUV. However, our 2005 Honda CRV was written off as "Totaled" after being rear ended so hard we were pushed into the car in front of us. Thankfully I had done all my homework. I and my wife test drove three SUV's. The 2015 Honda CR-V, 2015 Mazda CX-5, and of course the Rogue SL. I won't go into all the pros and cons of each vehicle suffice to say that all three of them are wonderful cars and you're not going to go be disappointed with any of them but if interior comfort, competent handling, and a smooth ride are of the utmost importance to you then the Rogue is head and shoulders above the other two vehicles, especially the Honda CRV. The Honda had the least desirable interior and control scheme. And while I'm not a professional reviewer or driver the comments about the "uninspired driving experience" or "lackluster handling" are completely unjustified. I live in rural Georgia and my daily commute is all over twisty, curvy roads and this car just eats the road up. The car has a nice dynamic suspension which may insulate the driver a little bit from the "road feel" but frankly getting used to to pampered by my Rogue's suspension was not too hard to take.. It handles precisely and responsively. Many people aren't that crazy about the CVT transmission (continuously variable transmission (CVT) -also known as a single-speed transmission) transmissions because of their responsiveness and on that score I understand the tepid reviews but that's across the board with all the manufacturers although I felt that the Honda, with the addition of 10 extra HP, was a bit more crisp in it's responsiveness. In my opinion the reviews, while attempting to be precise & impartial, are misleading. This car has excellent acceleration for all your day to day driving needs. I find it's acceleration to be smooth and consistent. I have absolutely no qualms whatsoever recommending this car. I am so happy we did not pay extra to go with the Honda CRV Touring model and this from a dealership we had been going to for years. I've owned Nissan vehicles before and was extremely pleased with both of them.
Update: (May 26, 2016) - So after nearly 7000 miles of driving and a little more than six months of ownership my opinion of this car is still "two thumbs way up"! We recently completed a drive to Asheville, NC from Atlanta, GA over some very hilly and very curvy roads and this car performed beautifully. It's so comfortable to ride and just a joy to drive. Also I recommend a "Mostly Music" subscription to XM-Sirius radio. Being able to sit and cruise along to non-stop, commercial free music while driving in the mountains made the trip even more enjoyable.
To date I've hauled mulch, a lawnmower, and various assorted pieces of furniture in my car and I have to say that this car fits the bill nicely when I need the cargo space. Like I've said before the interior is by far and away superior to any of the competitors out there. As a side note the NavTec navigation system is excellent. It could be a little more intuitive with it's menu layout but overall it's extremely easy to use and perfectly integrated into the vehicle's control scheme.
My mileage is lower than expected but not by much. Even though t's bigger than my 2005 CRV and a little heavier it gets much better gas mileage than that and this is an AWD car. 25.1 is my average for mostly my day to day driving with the best mileage at 30.8. I tend to do 30 - 32 highway pretty consistently.
Update: (November 28, 2016) Now that I have almost 15K miles on my Rogue SL-AWD I can say without qualification that this car is an exceptional value. Mileage is exactly what I expected about 25.5 in the City, and 32 Highway which for an AWD vehicle is excellent. I couldn't be happier. One small, and rather humorous side note, when I got a low pressure warning on one tire the other day, I got the customary in cabin warning and moments later a text from my Nissan Connect service telling me I had a low pressure....lol...my wife, who's also on my Nissan account got the same text so she turns around and sends me another text and calls me that my tire pressure it low...Long story short it cracked me up that the "world" was so alerted to my tire pressure "event"...lol
Look this is a great car. It rides smoothly and handles beautifully. Don't believe the reviews about it being a rather "uninspired" driving experience this car is super comfortable and and absolute pleasure to drive.
The Rogue was originally on my short list back in October 2014. Back then, I ended up buying a 2015 Mazda CX5 Grand Touring. Fast forward to March 2016, I regretted it. My transmission died and needed to be completely replaced after just 24,000 miles. I decided I wanted to get out of the Mazda at that time. So, I looked at the Rogue again. So, a lot of the pros will also mention things that I already like a lot better than the CX5 for those who are also considering that one over the Rogue.
-The entertainment system is much faster than the Mazda. My iPhone 6 paired with the Nissan very quickly and downloaded my address book in about 5 seconds. The Mazda always had delays with the entertainment system whether it was Bluetooth to switching from FM radio to XM radio. I don't know why but it was just slow.
-It's very comfortable
-For those who like moonroofs, I upgraded to the SL Premium Package which included the panoramic moonroof and it's amazing how much natural light gets into the vehicle now. If you have kids, my kids seem to love it since the moonroof extends over their seats.
-The rear seats can be slid forwards and backwards adding extra cargo room in the back.
-The LED headlights seem to illuminate the road better than the Mazda's LED headlights did.
-Both the Mazda CX5 Grand Touring and the Rogue SL have Bose speakers. The Bose speakers seem significantly better in the Rogue than in the CX5.
-An all weather cargo trunk tray is not available. They don't make one because the trunk can technically have shelves (You can lift up the floor coverings to uncover additional cargo space that goes about 6-10" down extending the entire area of the trunk). This is also obviously a pro as well because it adds extra functionality but I also like to have an all weather cargo tray when I go to get garbage such as mulch to put in the back.
-The blind spot warning system is nice but I find that the volume is low and apparently there is no way to adjust it. The one thing I liked about the Mazda better was the blind spot warning system because the volume was both louder and the indicator itself was in the side mirror making it more easily visible. In the Rogue, the indicator light is inside the vehicle near the side mirrors where there is usually a speaker in many cars.
All in all, I think there is a better value in the Rogue and I'm happy with it although from what I understand, there have been minor changes to the 2016 CX5 versus the 2015 CX5 that I had.
Adequate but disappointing; not a CR-V/RAV4 beater
written on 07-03-2016
SL 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
I bought a 2016 Rogue SL AWD with Premium Package. I sold the Rogue to a Honda dealership five days after I picked it up and bought a CR-V Touring instead. I bought the Rogue because I wanted a blind spot monitor and the forward collision warning/brake assist. I also thought the Around View Monitor would be great to have. Although I thought about other higher-end small SUVs like the upper-trim CR-V and Toyota RAV-4, it seemed like a no-brainer to go with the Nissan because of its more aggressive aesthetic and the fact that you can (and I did) buy a top-of-the-line model for around $26,000 sticker price before taxes and fees, $5-6 k less than you'd pay for the others. I liked it during the test drive. I liked it far less once I started driving it 60 miles roundtrip to work two days later. The pros: nice styling, nice materials inside, sliding and reclining rear seat, the Around View Monitor system is FANTASTIC and I wish every car had it, blind spot monitor works well (though the audible warning isn't loud enough to be heard at highway speeds or with the radio on), beautiful dash, a lot of customizable features and settings, gorgeous panoramic moonroof, useful electric lift gate, intuitive infotainment system, and, of course, the very reasonable price. Unfortunately, the cons outweighed these by a lot. First and foremost, the forward collision warning/automatic braking feature did not work. At all. Utterly useless. I took it back to the dealer, which told me everything was "to spec" and my expectations for the system were too high. I said that's fine, but in that case let me take the car for a spin with a Nissan technician who can show me how it works. Which I did. And to the technician's embarrassment, he could not get it to work either and could not explain why, though he did admit that the system as presently constituted was "pretty much useless." I took the car to another, more reputable Nissan dealership 40 miles away, and the very honest service director there told me that he's been getting a lot of complaints from Rogue owners about the same system, and Nissan hasn't come up with a fix yet, let alone acknowledge the problem. That really turned me off to the car, because you don't want to feel like a sucker making monthly payments on a car in which not everything functions properly -- especially something that's advertised as a crucial safety feature that can protect you and your children riding in the back seat. Besides that, the highway MPG was lower than advertised; the acceleration was lousy, even in "sport" mode; the brakes didn't feel powerful enough; the CVT was noisy and idiosyncratic; you could barely feel the seat-heaters; the engine was too loud and whined at highway speeds; the Moving Object Detection system wasn't sensitive and didn't detect half the moving objects that passed the car -- or detected them too late; the steering at low speeds was rough and annoying; there wasn't nearly enough room for my legs (I'm 6'1") and I couldn't find a comfortable position in my seat; there was no automatically dimming rearview mirror despite this being the "top-of-the-line" trim, which makes you feel like you got ripped off; not all of the window buttons on the driver's side are illuminated, which also makes the car feel cheap; and the center console, though it has room for two average size cups, is otherwise useless if you want to lay something flat on it like a cell phone. I knew I would feel like a chump if I kept this car and that I had to sell it before I put any more mileage on it. I went to a bunch of dealers -- Toyota, Honda, Hyundai -- and test drove their compact SUVs. I ultimately bought a CR-V; the Honda dealership bought the Rogue from me. I didn't like the CR-V's styling as much as I liked the Rogue's -- but I liked everything else more. (And in fairness, I miss the Around View Monitor, and always will. It's so cool.) Since my first priority is safety, I have to praise the Honda's Sensing package, which has adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and a forward collision warning/automatic braking feature that actually works. The engine is peppier and quieter, the ride is better insulated from road noise, the brakes are more powerful, it's easier to fold down the rear seats, the infotainment system is more confusing but has more options as well, the steering is secure and well-balanced, the seat heaters really warm you, the keyless entry system is more advanced, and overall it just feels like a higher quality car -- I don't feel like Honda cut any corners or ripped me off on anything to save a buck (e.g., forward collision warning, automatic dimming rearview mirror). I realize that the CR-V trim I ultimately purchased was more expensive than the Rogue. However, you can get a CR-V for roughly the same price as the Rogue with all of these features except navigation and active safety. Do your homework before buying!
I give this compact SUV a 4 1/2 star because nothing is perfect! It is a well constructed vehicle, solid with well thought out design for both comfort and convenience . I do wish the passenger seat had power controls, and both had the seat lift, but that's minor, it is comfortable enough without it, just would of completed my wish list. I love how it drives, and it handles the road well. I read the reviews about the larger side mirrors causing a blind spot, but I bought the package with the oncoming car warning light, and besides, I have always put the little mirrors from Walmart to stick on the side mirrors for better vision anyhow. ALL vehicles have a blind spot somewhere, so come on, invalid complaint! The other con I read was lack of strong acceleration, okay, but if better gas mileage is important to you, what would you expect? That's the trade off, but I haven't found that to be a problem with me, so it's an individual preference according to how you drive. I looked at & drove just about all the crossover SUVs within this price & size category, and to me, it had the best interior quality, options, and all around if not better, ride & comfort. Gas mileage is right on, if you drive it conservatively, which after owning a Prius for 5 years is simply a habit now for me. I shopped for 6 months, trying both the 15's and 16's , then narrowed it down to 3 makes, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, & Hyundai Tucson - (3 best for comfort, ride & amenities) and I chose the Nissan. Most all car manufacturers are pretty competitive with the overall vehicle performance and reliability apart from a few glitches now and again, if you get a lemon (and you are protected from that if you pursue it) their sales depend on it. The Nissan manufactures are as reliable as any out there, so for me it was the best QUALITY for the money.