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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 ...

The 2016 Nissan Rogue was powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that made 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. It was mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It had an EPA rating of 25 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined.

Nissan is arguably the most committed manufacturer to CVTs. Branded Xtronic, this CVT had a sport mode and an eco-mode. With 40 percent less friction loss, an improved belt and pulley system, reduced oil friction, compact oil pump, new electronic control, wider gear ratio and other enhancements the transmission was 10 percent more fuel efficient than the previous design.

The Rogue ran well. The knock on CVTs is that they render a vehicle slow. But the Rogue was rather quick. Under hard acceleration, the transmission was still a little loud but the vehicle was peppy, especially from 40 mph to 60 mph.

And there was a lot of technical equipment. A forward camera was a surprise. The Rogue also had active trace control, active engine braking and active ride control.

Trace control improved cornering by applying the brake or smoothing engine torque characteristics. Active braking lets the CVT help slow the Rogue as the driver brakes. And active drive control smoothed out the ride by applying the brakes and adjusting engine torque after the Rogue hit a bump.

We had a four-wheel independent suspension, electric power steering which offered a little road feel, disc brakes all round, of course ABS and vehicle dynamic control with traction control. There was Hill Start Assist. We had intuitive all-wheel-drive which meant the 2016 Rogue operated in front-wheel-drive mode until wheel slippage was detected.

The 2016 Nissan Rogue has quietly gotten better.

Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com.