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  • 2018 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

    Posted on April 16th, 2018 ninarussin

    Best-selling crossover gets new active safety features

    By Nina Russin

    2018 Nissan Rogue

    2018 Nissan Rogue

    The Rogue is currently Nissan’s best-selling vehicle, outpacing the Altima that held that position for years. For 2018, the upscale SL is available with a new technology called ProPilot Assist, that takes adaptive cruise control a step further by using lane lines to guide the car through curves in the road as well as maintaining a preset following distance behind the vehicle in front.

    Pricing for the all-wheel drive SL starts at $32,410, excluding the $975 destination charge. Power comes from a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine and continuously variable automatic transmission.

    Standard convenience features include eight-way power driver’s seat with memory, split folding second-row seat, intelligent cruise control, navigation, Bluetooth interface, Bose audio system, Divide-N-Hide cargo organizer, dual-zone climate control, remote engine start, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and motion-activated liftgate.

    Options include a panoramic moonroof, LED headlamps, 19-inch wheels, electronic parking brake, ProPilot Assist, quilted leather seats, floor mats and a first aid kit. Final MSRP is $36,520.

    Test drive in Phoenix, Arizona

    2018 Nissan Rogue

    2018 Nissan Rogue

    Over the past week I drove the Rogue SL around the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. Although tourist season was nearing an end, dense traffic in city center and on area freeways made me happy to have Nissan’s advanced active safety features at my fingertips.

    Drivers tend to get angry when they find themselves lost on unfamiliar roads. Blind spot monitoring makes it easier and safer to weave through stop-and-go rush-hour traffic. Autonomous braking with pedestrian detection helps to avoid accidents due to inattentive driving.

    I decided against engaging the ProPilot assist because of the amount of road construction ongoing, especially in my neighborhood. Lane lines are unclear and drivers are erratic. I felt my best defense was to be diligent and attentive at the wheel.

    A car for all seasons

    2018 Nissan Rogue

    2018 Nissan Rogue

    The Rogue’s popularity is no accident: it fills a lot of squares thanks to its peppy but fuel-efficient engine, nicely configured cargo area, available all-wheel drive for four-season capability and well-equipped infotainment system. Nissan makes one of the best continuously variable automatic transmissions in the industry, delivering smooth acceleration with none of the rubber band feel that some competitive units suffer from.

    My average fuel economy was in line with the EPA estimate of 27 miles-per-gallon.

    Visibility around the car’s perimeter is good. When the driver shifts into reverse, standard rearview and around-view cameras make it easy to see pedestrians and moving cars in the vicinity: a useful feature when navigating through crowded parking lots. At night, the optional LED headlamps produce beams close to daylight in color and intensity, doing a good job of illuminating dark suburban roads.

    A four-wheel independent suspension system consists of struts with coil springs up front and a multi-link setup in the back: it does a good job of smoothing out rough patches of road without feeling mushy. Nineteen-inch rims on the test car dress up the exterior and create a fatter footprint for high-speed travel. Four-wheel disc brakes stop the car in firm, linear fashion.

    I noticed some tire noise, but aside from that, the interior is pleasantly quiet.

    Versatile interior

    Nissan Rogue Interior

    Nissan Rogue Interior

    Most people who buy crossovers have cargo needs that extend beyond the typical passenger car trunk. Nissan’s Divide-N-Hide cargo system makes better use of the cargo bay by enabling owners to create multiple layers of cargo accommodating objects of all sizes. Roof rails are standard on all but the base model (where they are optional), making it easy to add a rack or cargo carrier up top.

    Keyless entry and start saves the driver from fumbling for the key fob after dark. I found the power driver’s seat easy to adjust with plenty of lower lumbar support.

    Infotainment controls are reachable from either front seating position and intuitive to operate. Both the gauge cluster and center stack screen are clear in bright sunlight and after dark.

    Standard safety

    The Nissan Rogue comes with six airbags, antilock brakes, traction control, tire pressure monitoring with easy fill alert, rearview and around-view monitors, autonomous braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and intervention and rear cross-traffic alert.

    The 2018 Rogue is on display at Nissan dealerships nationwide.

    Like: A stylish and well-equipped crossover with versatile cargo area, intuitive infotainment technology and advanced active safety features.

    Dislikes: None

    Quick facts:

    Make: Nissan
    Model: Rogue SL AWD
    Year: 2018
    Base price: $32,410
    As tested: $36,520
    Horsepower: 170 HP @ 6000 rpm
    Torque: 175 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm
    Zero-to-sixty: N/A
    Antilock brakes: Standard
    Side curtain airbags: Standard
    First aid kit: Optional
    Bicycle friendly: Yes
    Off-road: No
    Towing: No
    Fuel economy: 25/32 mpg city/highway

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