- Completely redesigned in 2014
- Compact SUV with an optional third-row
- Up to 33 mpg highway
Now one year removed from its complete makeover, the 2015 Nissan Rogue stays fresh for the new model year with attractive styling, solid fuel economy ratings, and a large cargo area that gives it extra utility.
Styling was updated in the redesign and the new look is similar to what’s seen on the larger Pathfinder with a v-shaped front grille and sharper lines that remove the curvy vagueness of the outgoing model. Chrome accents around the side windows really stand out and give the sides some visual pop. There are 17- and 18-inch wheels available across the trim levels.
The new Rogue is also wider and taller, which increases interior volume for both passengers and cargo. So much volume has been added that the 2015 Rogue offers an optional third-row which expands seating capacity to seven passengers. This added flexibility makes the Rogue the most versatile SUV in this segment. The second-row also gets 9-inches of sliding travel, moving back to fit taller passengers or forward to fit more cargo or give third-row occupants more leg room. It is also split 40/20/40 instead of the usual 60/40 configuration, further aiding cargo flexibility.
Under the hood, the Rogue features a 170-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine which outputs 175 pounds-feet of torque. A CVT is the only transmission option, and front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Overall, the new Rogue offers an 18-percent improvement in highway fuel economy versus the old model. Front-wheel drive Rogue models return 26/33 mpg city/highway (AWD models get 25/32 mpg), figures only bested by the forthcoming 2015 Honda CR-V.
Inside, the Rogue comes with plenty of standard features, including Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, USB port, and steering-wheel mounted audio controls are standard. The NissanConnect infotainment system is available, which uses your smartphone to power integrated apps like Pandora internet radio and Google search results.
The Rogue also offers plenty of optional safety technology, including blind spot warning, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and Nissan’s very cool Around View Monitor system. The Around View Monitor uses cameras located around the exterior of the Rogue to display a top-down view of the car in the center console, which makes maneuvering the Rogue in tight spaces easier and safer. The 2015 Rogue is Top Safety Pick award recipient.