The Nissan Rogue

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Car manufacturers sometimes choose odd names for their vehicles. Most such names, including the Mazda Bongo and the Mitsubishi Pistachio, never make it to the US as marketers wisely intervene and demand changes. The Nissan Rogue has one of those names that slipped through the cracks, although it is doubtful whether the true meaning of the word is known by many. Of “rogue” Merriam-Webster describes as, “a dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel.” The second dictionary definition may be more in line with what Nissan was thinking, “a playfully mischievous person; scamp.” Naming choice aside, the Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover sport utility vehicle, just one of several models this Japanese brand sells in North America. The Juke is the smallest of the lot, followed by the Rogue, Murano and Pathfinder. The Xterra — a midsize traditional body-on-frame SUV — was retired at the end of 2015. That leaves the Armada at the top of the SUV pecking order in the Nissan range. 2015 Nissan Rogue A 2015 Nissan Rogue SV FWD edition was a recent weekly test vehicle, a five-passenger SUV with an optional third-row seat. That two-person seat is part of a $940 SV Family Package, one that curiously includes run-flat tires. From the get-go I’ll say this: if you really need room for seven, you’re looking at the wrong vehicle: the Nissan Pathfinder SUV (please read my review here) or the Nissan Quest minivan are better suited for the job. Otherwise stick with two rows — the third row is mostly

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