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2015 Nissan Rogue (SL model shown).

Completely redesigned in 2014, this year’s Rogue adds satellite radio and connectivity as standard, along with heated seats and more exterior colors.

The Numbers

  • MSRP: $24,490
  • Tested Price: $27,175 (MSRP plus $885 destination fee and $1,800 option list, which includes the SV Premium Package and a cargo area protector)
  • 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine mated to a CVT (continually variable transmission)
  • 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft. of torque
  • 26 mpg in the city
  • 33 mpg on the highway
  • 28 mpg combined
  • 39.3-cubic feet of cargo room behind second row seats; 70-cubic feet with rear seats down

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2015 Nissan Rogue (SL model shown).

Our test vehicle came with the Floor Mats Package($210), which includes a six piece cargo area protector, and the SV Premium Package ($1,590), which includes a 7-inch NissanConnect navigation display, voice recognition, 360-degree camera monitor, blind spot warning system, lane departure warning system, moving object detection, SiriusXM radio, SiriusXM NavTraffic, power liftgate, heated outside mirrors, and heated front seats.

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The button layout on the Rogue's dashboard has an inuitive arrangement.

Hits

  • Fairly quiet ride, even at highway speeds with little wind noise
  • Decent feedback from the road via the steering wheel; reminds us of its Honda (Pilot) competition
  • All the controls from, the driver's perspective, have an intuitive arrangement and are within reach
  • Navigation is easy to use and its app functionality plays well with smart devices via Bluetooth tethering and yesterday’s USB
  • The SV trim level doesn’t have leather seating, yet the comfortable cloth and Alcantara-like seats feel premium, accented with a tasteful, modern pattern and gray-on-black contrast stitching
  • Rear seats create a lot of room due to their ability to slide forward and back with a manual lever
  • Thoughtful amenities, like a place to store your sunglasses in the headliner, side-extendable sun visors,  a power liftgate and rear HVAC vents make this vehicle’s standard features list stand out

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The NissanConnect infotaiment system played nicely with our iPhone and Android devices.

Misses

  • The CVT tends to drone when pushed and leaves us wanting more acceleration power when overtaking at interstate speeds
  • Handling-wise, the Rogue can feel very heavy, especially at parking lot speeds
  • The LATCH child seat anchor points are hard to access in the rear seats: the cloth upholstery can get hung up over the anchoring points
  • No moonroof or panoramic sunroof as standard
  • While we mostly liked the infotainment system, the navigation program doesn’t allow the driver to pick a new destination by address if the Rogue is moving, even if your front passenger is entering the destination information

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The 2015 Nissan Rogue interior feels roomy (optional leather seating shown and was not tested).

Value Retention

In regards to value retention, the Rogue sits in 13th place (out of 22) within the three-year-old compact utility segment by holding 52.6% of its value in 2015.  The Rogue underperforms the segment value retention average score of 55.8% for 2015.

Our Verdict on Twitter

@NADAUsedCarGde says, “2015 @NissanUSA #Rogue SV comes standard with thoughtful amenities that impressed our reviewers.”