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 if the true meaning of the word is known by many. Of “rogue” Merriam-Webster says, “a dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel.” The second definition may be more in line with what Nissan was thinking, “a playfully mischievous person; scamp.” Naming 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…show more content…
The Nissan Rogue offers standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. It can be had in S ($23,140), SV ($24,590), and SL ($28,540) editions. Curiously, Nissan still offers the previous generation Rogue, calling this model the Rogue Select. Its budget-beating $20,150 price undercuts the current Rogue introduced in 2014, by $3,000. Available in a base “S” trim level only, the previous generation model is not as refined or technologically advanced as the current edition. If you shop the Nissan Rogue you will find one powertrain combination available in a segment where two is more common. Or, as in the case of the Ford Escape and Kia Sportage, three engine choices are available. In the Rogue, you get a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower and 175 foot-pounds of torque. It comes paired with a continuously variable transmission. This combination delivers superior fuel economy for the segment as this model is EPA-rated at 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. One look at the Rogue and you may confuse this SUV with the larger Pathfinder. Where the Juke has its own quirky styling and the Murano is closer in appearance to the Maxima sedan, the Rogue and Pathfinder are a lot alike. That look is marked by a pronounced horse collar grille hemmed in by wraparound head lights and LED lighting treatments. The lower grille or air intake is itself offset by pockets or embrasures optionally filled with fog lamps. From
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