The compact-crossover SUV market segment is becoming more attractive to automakers. This is fueled by many buyers who are ditching minivans and sedans in favor of the more performing crossovers which thankfully are offered at fair prices.
The 2016 Nissan Rogue is one of the best models in this category. Its enthusiasts love its fuel efficiency and stylish cabin. The new model is set to offer even a more stylish interior and a better performance. Following its redesign in 2014, the model did very well in the market prompting Nissan to ship in more than 100,000 units this past year to the US alone.
As the sales indicate, the automaker did a good job in 2014. Not wanting to spoil a good thing, the 2016 model features just mild touches. The standout new feature in the new Rogue is the foot-activated tailgate. This is the feature Ford has been making a lot of noise about. Nissan aims at using this feature to claim parity with Ford.
2016 Nissan Rogue Exterior
Following the success of the outgoing model, Nissan decided to keep the exterior profile as it is except for some minor tweaks and updates. The model is offered in three trim levels which are the base S, SV and SL. At the front, the automaker has replaced the outgoing model’s “crazy” grille design with a straightforward one with angled chrome bars. The grille is also flanked by new LED DRLs.
The base S also features keyless entry and rides on 17-inch steel wheels. The trim has an optional Appearance package which adds roof rails, side mirrors with integrated turn signals and chromed exterior door handles.
The SV on the other hand rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and adds automatic headlights. The SV has a Premium Package which features heated mirrors and a power lift-gate. A panoramic sunroof is offered a stand-alone option.
The top SL trim gets 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a power lift-gate and heated mirrors. The SL also gets a Premium Package which features LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof.
2016 Nissan Rogue Interior
The cabin is one of the Nissan Rogue’s selling points. Nissan has excelled in crafting an interior that features a lot of soft touch materials and a mature-looking dash with NASA-inspired “Zero Gravity” front-seats design. Its second row seats have a 40/20/40 split-folding capability which comes in handy when extra cargo space is needed.
The seats come with reclining seatbacks which improve their adjustability providing more comfort. There is an option for squeezed third row seats (S and SV models only) which are suitable only for small children. Two row models are fitted with a cargo dividing system which features an adjustable cargo area with different storage compartments as well as multilevel shelving capability.
The automaker argues that 2-row models cargo carrying capacity can e configured in 18 different ways Addition of the third row reduces cargo space to just 9.4 cubic feet. The third and second rows fold flat to expand cargo capacity to 70 cubic feet. The front passenger seat can also fold flat to accommodate long objects.
Other features on the base S trim include a height adjustable driver’s seat, cloth upholstery, air conditioning with rear air vents, a tilt-and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control and a rear-view camera. The S trim also comes with a 5-ich display and a 4-speaker sound system. The sound system integrates satellite radio, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.
Moving up to the SV trim, you will find keyless ignition, a 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a dual zone climate control, a 6-speaker sound system and the Nissan Connect Smartphone app integration.
The top SL trim adds a leather wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a 7-inch touch-screen which integrates a navigation system which can be controlled via voice commands. The trim also features NissanConnect emergency telematics which is powered by Sirius/XM. Other features include an 8-speaker Bose sound system that comes with a 6-CD changer as well as Siri Eyes Free for iPhones.
For safety, the 2016 Nissan Rogue comes standard with 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, a rearview camera, hill descent control, front-side airbags and side curtain airbags for all rows. Blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and the Around View camera system are offered as extras as part of the optional packages.
Standard on the SL and unavailable on other trims is the Nissan Connect Services which feature automatic collision notification, geo-fencing, stolen vehicle locating and emergency assistance. These services are enabled by the Sirius/XM subscription which is sold separately.
Engine Specs and Performance
The Nissan Rogue is powered by a single drive-train. The a driving unit is a 2.5 L, 4-cylinder petrol engine which is capable of producing 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a CVT which conveys power to the front wheels as standard. All wheel drive is offered as an option.
The engine powers the Quest to accelerate from standstill to 60 mph in 9.3 seconds. In terms of fuel economy, the FWD models are rated at 26 mpg city, 33 mpg on highway and 28 mpg on combined drives. On the other hand, AWD models return 25 mpg city, 32 mpg on highway and 28 mpg on combined drives. These are pretty good numbers but here at nicecarsinfo.com we believe the numbers will be hard to achieve in real-driving conditions.
There are rumors of a hybrid engine in the near future but the automaker is yet to confirm or deny the possibility.
Price and release date
The 2016 Nissan Rogue is already available in Nissan dealerships. The base S model with FWD has an MSRP of $ 24,125 inclusive of destination charges, the SV with FWD starts at $ 25,575 while the top SL trim starts at $ 29,525. All wheel drive models cost an extra $1,350 for each trim. A fully equipped Nissan Rogue SL trim can cost over $ 33,000.