Standing Out: 2015 Nissan Rogue

The latest iteration of the Nissan Rogue has brought a most welcome refresh that changed the love-it-or-hate-it design of the previous version.

More athletic than before, the new model is better in every way than the car it replaces and that includes technology.

The front is more streamlined, as the V shaped grille, shared with the Juke and the Qashqai, adds a bit of personality to the vehicle, especially in conjunction with the more aesthetically pleasing headlamps. The gaping front bumper, with the adjacent circular fog lamps that feature chrome accents is one of the cleanest we’ve seen on a crossover and that is a huge improvement, as the majority of manufacturers slap a handful of contrasting lines that don’t do justice to the vehicle in the end. The side profile is very streamline, with only the flared fenders as elements that stand out.

If we were to be critical, the window line does strike us a being too similar to the one found on the Honda CR-V, but then again, they’re fighting for the same segment, which is why some manufacturers style their vehicles while looking at the competition. A good thing? A bad thing? From our standpoint, the designers from Nissan could have infused the rogue with a bit more personality, but it all boils down to personal preference, as beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

The interior looks much better than before, as the instrument cluster is large and a high resolution 5 inch screen resides in the center console. The ergonomics of the dashboard and the centre console are very good, with controls within easy reach. Materials are also updated, although you won’t find any leather as a standard option.

However, a variety of soft touch plastics and quality cloths decorate the cabin. Space is plentiful, although only two rows of seats are available for the SL version, as only the S and SV have it, for reasons unknown. Boot space is around the industry standard, at around 70 cubic inches, so you should be able to fit most of your groceries, luggage or small kids without any significant effort.

The base S trim includes A/C, a rear-view camera, keyless entry, cruise control, and 17 inch steel wheels. Furthermore, a four speaker audio system with CD player and an auxiliary input is complemented by Bluetooth connectivity. Superior trims (SV, SL) add larger size alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a 360 degree camera system and a powerful Bose sound system with eight speakers.

Starting msrp is 23.040$, which is a very good price considering the level of options coming as standard. However, if you’re looking for more premium content, you might have to dig deeper in your pocket, as the higher trims have more room for choice and the materials in the cabin alone change the atmosphere of the vehicle.