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Auto review: Nissan Rogue offers style, comfort, practicality in a compact crossover

Emma Jayne Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Automotive News

The Nissan Rogue for 2020 has lots to offer to buyers looking for a small crossover: smart styling, spacious and comfortable cabin, plenty of standard and available amenities, and competitive pricing.

Rogue is exceptionally versatile, with nearly 40cubic feet of cargo space with the rear 40/20/40 folding seat upright or 70 cubic feet with the seat folded down, and a unique Divide-N-Hide Cargo System.

Rush-hour commuters will appreciate the advanced driver-assistance technologies such as Nissan's ProPilot semi-automated driving features.

Rogue is available in three well-equipped models, in either FWD or Intelligent AWD, all with the right combination of compact overall size and generous interior roominess: S, $25,200; SV, $26,620; and SL, $31,590. All-wheel drive adds $1,350.

All models come with a responsive 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 170 horsepower and 175 foot-pounds of torque, matched with an advanced next-generation Xtronic transmission with Sport and Eco modes.

Four-wheel disc brakes with antilock braking, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist are standard, as are hill-start assist, intelligent trace control, intelligent engine braking, and intelligent ride control.

 

My Rogue SV was Scarlet Ember ($395), one of three premium exterior colors including Monarch Orange Metallic and Pearl White. Five standard exterior colors are available for the SV.

The Nissan signature chrome "V-motion" grille was bold, flanked by standard halogen Intelligent Auto Headlights with High Beam Assist and LED signature daytime running lights.

Wide rear doors allowed easy access to install child seats, and a Motion-Activated Liftgate opened onto the versatile storage system in the rear. With movable/removable panels, the cargo area could be divided several ways for maximum hauling convenience.

A bold, wavy character line ran from the front of the hood, over the wheel arch, under the front pillar and the side mirrors, and along the belt line to the rear side window.

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