The Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover SUV that debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 2007. Replacing the Nissan X-Trail in Canada as Nissan’s entry-level SUV and the body-on-frame Nissan Xterra in Mexico. Powered by a 170 hp, 2.5 L four-cylinder QR25DE engine mated to a standard continuously variable transmission…the Rogue comes standard with front-wheel-drive. The Rogue costs less than Nissan’s Murano crossover SUV, and has (NHTSA) Crash Test Ratings of roughly 4.5 out of 5 on 4 separate test categories. A Hybrid models is slated for 2015.
The compact crossover segment is crowded because it offers near-perfect transportation for small families and empty nesters alike. As more and more consumers discover the benefits of compact crossovers – riding tall in traffic, enjoying four-cylinder fuel economy and the confidence of all-weather traction – automakers are jumping into the game to meet the increasing demand. Today’s choices, in no particular order, include the Honda CR-V, Jeep Cherokee, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, Mini Countryman, Subaru Forester, Chevrolet Equinox, Kia Sportage, Volkswagen Tiguan, Ford Escape, GMC Terrain, Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota RAV4 and this Nissan Rogue. Nearly all start around $22,000 in base trim and work their way reasonably upwards with more appealing trim levels and options. If you spend much over $33,000 in this segment, you are a glutton for frosting.
The latest player from Nissan is its all-new second-generation Rogue, introduced late last year as a 2014 model. After a brief First Drive in October, we recently welcomed back the Rogue for a week-long review. The plan was to embed the compact crossover into a family routine during the holidays, where it would receive a hearty workout hauling everything from five adult passengers and their shopping bags to trays loaded with warm honey-glazed hams and pecan pies for a dinner party. The compact CUV handled all with poise, but everything wasn’t as sweet as its edible cargo.
While you weren’t paying attention, that sapling you planted matured into a mighty oak. Your kids slipped out of diapers into graduation gowns almost overnight. The same thing happens to SUVs: Take your eyes off them and they grow. Case in point, the Nissan with the swashbuckling name. Just six years ago the Rogue was born a Sentra dressed in big kids’ clothes and it quickly became the second-bestselling badge in Nissan’s lineup. Sent back to finishing school, given a fresh body and chassis, and relocated to Nissan’s manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, the Rogue is back to honor that golden American idiom—bigger is better.
Nissan is in the midst of rolling out the redesigned 2014 Rogue and has launched an interesting social media game called Open The Briefcase. The video that launches this game depicts a simple ride-share gone very wrong, with a man getting embroiled in a high-speed chase in a bid to escape with a strange briefcase. Eventually, it all goes haywire, and the man and his driver are captured. The only question seems to be, what’s in the briefcase?
The contest, which asks participants to select one of three briefcases by cracking a code, is set to reward three individuals with a new Rogue. New attempts can be made each day, and participants can get additional chances to open a briefcase by sharing the video. The contest kicked off on January 3 and will run until February 14. Hop over to the contest page on Facebook to take part, or just watch the video below and enjoy a bit of entertainment.