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The 2024 Nissan Rogue Is More Satisfactory And commendable

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When inquired by acquaintances and colleagues for my opinion on the updated 2024 Nissan Rogue SL with AWD, I responded, “It’s alright.” This brief remark did not suffice for them, nor does it in this review.

“Impressive enhancements in the infotainment system, seamless transmission, increased noise reduction, and its spaciousness among compact crossovers,” I elaborated. “It’s all acceptable and praiseworthy.”

My intent was not to be dismissive. The vehicle performs well in almost every aspect without excelling in any specific category.

Although not particularly thrilling, it offers good value and quality—a feature that can be appealing to families in search of a new car.

As the brand’s top-selling model, outselling the Nissan Altima sedan by a wide margin, it demonstrates Nissan’s adaptability to the evolving industry trends and commitment to the future—though it’s notable that the Rogue does not yet offer a hybrid variant.

The major highlight of the Rogue’s mid-cycle upgrade is the integrated Google operating system. Being the initial Nissan model to feature this system, standard on SL and Platinum trims, it provides an intuitive user experience similar to smartphones. The advanced voice recognition functionality resembles Siri, delivering seamless interactions. With Google Maps integrated, users can reserve wireless Apple CarPlay (or alternate Android Auto preference) for calls and music control. The alignment between the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and touchscreen on the curved dashboard is commendable. Additionally, a climate control panel with physical buttons and dials is positioned below, accompanied by a standard wireless smartphone charger. The system is user-friendly and justifies the $1,500 increase from last year’s SL trim

Following the 2021 revision of the Rogue, Nissan implemented its variable compression technology to optimize the efficiency of its compact engine. Every Rogue model is equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo-3 engine producing 201 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque. The VC-Turbo technology allows for varying compression ratios, enhancing low-end torque for city driving and ensuring fuel economy during highway cruising, an inherent challenge for some small turbocharged engines. While the Rogue exhibits satisfactory acceleration from a standstill and sufficient responsiveness at lower speeds, its performance at highway speeds is below expectations, especially when the variable compression prioritizes fuel efficiency. Even with multiple adjustments using the paddle shifters, the issue persists. Nevertheless, for drivers prioritizing stability on the road, the Rogue’s powertrain yields certain advantages.

Decades ago, Nissan emerged as one of the pioneering auto manufacturers to introduce the continuously variable automatic transmission to mass-produced vehicles. The CVT, with its adjustable range of simulated “gears,” improves fuel efficiency. Historically, CVTs could result in inconsistent acceleration and continuous drone noise from the engine, akin to a monotonous sermon in a reverberant church. Nissan has significantly enhanced its CVT system, to the extent that the paddle shifters replicating traditional gear shifts may mislead individuals into perceiving it as a standard automatic transmission. Coupled with the turbo-3 engine, the refined CVT contributes to a remarkably quiet cabin, unless the engine is pushed to its limits.

The VC-Turbo engine vowed superior fuel efficiency, and achieving 31 mpg combined, the 2024 Rogue SL with AWD exceeds average standards. For instance, the Honda CR-V with AWD records a 29 mpg combined rating, equal to most competitors except for the base Toyota RAV4. However, a majority of automakers in the compact crossover segment—excluding GM, Subaru, and Mazda—offer more efficient hybrid or plug-in hybrid alternatives. Toyota has streamlined its hybrid pricing, making the RAV4 Hybrid LE with AWD priced at $33,075; in comparison, a 2024 Rogue S with AWD costs $31,185.

Is the additional cost of $1,890, equating to a 6% increase, justifiable for a hybrid version? The RAV4 Hybrid attains 39 mpg compared to the Rogue AWD’s 31 mpg, leading the EPA to estimate savings of $1,750 over five years with the RAV4 Hybrid in contrast to the Rogue. Therefore, the decision depends on individual preferences and anticipated savings. The CR-V Hybrid commences at a price exceeding $35,000.

While the Rogue offers more space than the RAV4 but falls slightly short of the CR-V’s expansive interior, which now sits within the midsize category. Despite the innovative technology incorporated into the revised Rogue, maintaining its relevance remains crucial for Nissan. However, consumers should also contemplate the overall package and value of the vehicle. All things considered, it is satisfactory and commendable.

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Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock

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