The Rogue is not the kind of SUV you’ll find scaling boulders on the Rubicon trail. It’s a compact crossover SUV that serves as the perfect family hauler, no matter the weather.
HISTORY OF THE NISSAN ROGUE
First Generation (2007-2013)
The Rogue was first introduced in 2007 as a replacement for the aging Xterra. Unlike the truck based Xterra, the Rogue was built using a unibody frame. It could be had in S, SV and SL trim. Powertrain options were limited to a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Buyers got the choice of front-wheel drive or option all-wheel drive. Standard equipment included anti-lock brakes; air conditioning; cruise control; power windows, locks, and mirrors; remote keyless entry; and AM/FM/CD stereo with four speakers and auxiliary input jack.
In 2012, the Rogue got a new Special Edition trim package, a 360-degree camera view and new wheel designs. For 2013, the crossover remained virtually unchanged in anticipation of the new version to be released the next year.
Second Generation (2014-present)
Model year 2014 marked the debut of the current Rogue. The new version received new sheet metal, as well as a larger interior with more storage space. Powertrain options remain unchanged.
All 2014s come with LED running lights, power mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, air-conditioning with rear climate vents, a 5-inch color infotainment display, a rearview camera, a height-adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a four-speaker sound system.
Standard safety equipment includes stability and traction control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a rearview camera and hill-start assist.
Although it’s a relatively late edition to the crossover SUV market, the Rogue has proved a success. Its’ versatility and low cost of ownership have proved a winning formula.