2013 Nissan Rogue

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Pros: Available AWD; competitive price; driving dynamics; spacious and comfortable interior.

Cons: Droning CVT transmission; poor rearward visibility; bland interior.

Overview
The Rogue’s generic curvy exterior contrasts with an interior that is both roomy and functional. High-quality materials are used throughout the cabin making it feel upscale although its design is somewhat bland. Nevertheless, there is comfortable seating for five and it can be converted to carry up to 58 cubic feet of stuff with the rear seat folded.

Carrying longer items is made possible by simply folding the 60/40 split rear seatback and the fold-down front passenger seat.

A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is your only engine choice. It produces 170 hp while returning up to 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway on front-wheel drive models. All-wheel drive is available on all trim levels but those digits dip to 22/26.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The Nissan Rogue remains unchanged for 2013 with the exception of a few optional features offered in 2012 are now standard. It is available in two well-equipped trims- the base S and the SV.

Standard features on the S includes 16-inch steel wheels, chrome exterior trim, a rear spoiler, full power accessories, air conditioning, cruise control and a 4-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod® interface.

Adding the available Limited Edition Package will get you 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, rear privacy glass, a rearview camera, Bluetooth® and a premium 6-speaker audio system with a 4.3-inch color display and satellite radio.

The SV includes most features from the S Limited Edition Package and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, towing hitch pre-wiring, a 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a fold-down front passenger seat and upgraded cloth upholstery.

The SV is eligible for the SV Package which adds 18-inch alloy wheels, auto on-off Xenon headlights, fog lights, a sunroof, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, navigation, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated front seats and an 8-speaker Bose® audio system.

Safety
Standard safety equipment includes 6 airbags, stability and traction control, antilock brakes with brake assist and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Warranty Information
Every new 2013 Nissan Rogue comes with limited vehicle coverage for 3 years or 36,000 miles and a limited powertrain warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever occurs first. A Federal Emission Performance Warranty is also included as well as other various emission warranties.  Seat belt related components are covered for 10 years/unlimited miles and a tire limited warranty is also included but varies depending on the brand of tire that comes on your new vehicle.

MSRP:  

Available Trims MSRP
2013 Rogue S $22,610
2013 Rogue SV $25,050
Similar Vehicles  Base MSRP
2013 Ford Escape $22,470
2013 Honda CR-V $22,795
2013 Toyota RAV4 $23,300

Engines, Transmissions, & EPA Ratings:

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Transmission

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

Standard all trims

2.5-liter 4-cylinder

FWD

Xtronic CVT®

23/28

Optional all trims

2.5-liter 4-cylinder

AWD

Xtronic CVT®

22/26

 

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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