The Rogue is offered in three trim levels: S, SV and SL. The crossover normally seats five; however, a third row can be added on S and SV models for a seven passenger total. Head and legroom up front is expansive even for tall drivers. While cargo room barely peeks over 9 cu.-ft. in three-row models, this expands to a segment-leading 70 cubes when both the second and third rows are folded down. Additional room especially for longer items can also be had by folding the front passenger seat down.
The base S comes nicely equipped with Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and column setup, and keyless entry via a fob. Step up to the second-tier SV and the number of standard features expands considerably. Push-button ignition, dual-zone climate control and the automaker's mobile app service are just a few items of a long list. This is topped by the near-premium SL which comes with everything from the lower trim levels plus a standard power liftgate, navigation system and leather-trimmed seats. A premium audio system from Bose and the automaker's well-known 360-degree "Around View" camera system are also standard. Option packages like those mentioned above allow further customization of the crossover.
All Rogues are motivated by a single engine, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. The resulting 170 horsepower and similar amount of torque are channeled to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in combined driving. Models equipped with the available all-wheel drive system get similar figures.
"The Rogue’s ride never feels jarring or jittery, even over rough pavement," wrote the automotive experts over at KBB. "Not that we are complaining, because while there are plenty of sporty SUVs from which to choose, those that emphasize a soft ride are becoming increasingly rare. Steering feel from the electric-assist power-steering system is actually quite good, and overall we found the Rogue’s ride to be controlled with noticeable lean only showing up during aggressive cornering."