2016 Nissan Rogue

Frank Washington | 11/9/2016, 3:50 p.m.
DETROIT – Nissan continues to make incremental improvements to its second bestselling model, the Nissan Rogue. The Rogue is now ...

DETROIT – Nissan continues to make incremental improvements to its second bestselling model, the Nissan Rogue.

The Rogue is now endowed with forward emergency braking and NissanConnect℠ Services powered by SiriusXM®. And it is the first model in Nissan’s lineup to offer Siri® Eyes Free, which allows drivers to interact with Siri® on their compatible Apple iPhone®.

Our test vehicle had much of the same equipment that we found on a luxury crossover that cost a lot more than its $29,815 sticker. It had heated front seats, a power liftgate, LED daytime running lights, heated sideview mirrors with LED turn signals, blind side alert, voice controls, satellite radio, surround view and moving object detection.

We had the SV premium all-wheel-drive package. That meant there was a third row of seats, giving this Rogue the capability of carrying seven people. The interior was black cloth and there was 70 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded.

The front bucket seats were branded zero gravity that provided continuous support from the pelvis to the chest. We don’t know about all that but they were comfortable. Not once were we stiff or tired after driving the Nissan Rogue.

The driver’s seat was six-way power adjustable while the passenger seat was four-way adjustable. The power window of the driver was full automatic but the rest of the windows were old fashion, we had to hold the button for them to go all the way down or up.

The center stack was easy to reach and easy to see. The infotainment system had a touchscreen. Auxiliary and USB jacks were at the base of the center stack. There was a 12 volt plug alongside them and there was one in the center console. The Rogue also had a rearview camera and a smart key with push button start stop.

The Rogue was really compactly styled, thus, it was surprising that it had three rows of seats. But there was plenty of interior space in the first and second row. That third row was the dominion of kids but that’s fine; they’ve got to ride and so do their friends.

Of course, the crossover featured Nissan’s floating V grille. The lines were smooth, the edges had been rounded and the crossover’s stance had been pushed forward just enough that the Rogue looked like it was in motion while still.

The Rogue had wide opening rear doors, 77 degrees. It had a long wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs and large wheel-wells. Nissan said that the Rogue’s rather slippery 0.33 coefficient of drag was created by optimizing the A-pillar section and outside mirror shape and that also reduced wind noise.

Our only quibble had to do with those side mirrors. When making a right angle turn at night into something tight like our driveway there was a blind spot, we could not see the entrance to the drive for the mirror and its housing. But it wasn’t too bad.

Nissan used all sorts of engineering moves to increase mileage and reduce interior noise. They adjusted the rear spoiler, rear side spoiler and rear combination lights. Underbody aerodynamics like a rear bumper closing panel, fuel tank deflector, rear suspension cover, engine under cover and front tire deflectors were used.