Overall: One of the few vehicles in the compact wagon class that can be had with three rows of seats, but the rear-most spot is strictly for youngsters.
Drivetrain: A 2.5-liter four-cylinder is mated to a continuously variable transmission; of course all-wheel-drive is available.
In case you weren’t aware, compact- and mid-size-sedan buyers are shifting their transportation priorities and snapping up tall wagons of varying sizes. The Nissan Rogue is one of the top segment contenders, alongside the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox and Hyundai Tucson. Introduced for the 2014 model year, the current Rogue shows plenty of exterior and interior styling class. The latter comes in the form of an available third-row seat. Sure, it’s tight on space back there and, when deployed, pretty much wipes out any semblance of cargo space. But it’s also there for occasional use and makes the Rogue practically the only small-and-tall wagon to offer seven-passenger seating. The standard powerplant continues to be a 2.5-litre four-cylinder rated at 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. It’s matched to a continuously variable transmission with a sport mode for snappier performance. For this version of the CVT, Nissan focused on reducing friction (by a claimed 40 per cent) and improving the transmission’s belt and pulley system for better operating efficiency. All models — S, SV and SL Premium — continue to be available with all-wheel-drive. Neat interior features include the Divide-N-Hide cargo system (a two-tier load floor), and all the usual power goodies. For 2016, “Forward Emergency Braking,” which can bring the Rogue to a complete stop before colliding with the car in front, is available on the SL trim.
Base price (incl. destination): $26,400
Type: Four-door compact tall wagon
Base engine (hp): 2.5-litre DOHC I4 (170)
Layout: Front engine, front- /all-wheel-drive
Transmission: Continuously variable
l/100 km (city/highway): 9.1/7.1 (FWD)
Weight (kg): 1,550
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