The 2013 Nissan Rogue earns an above average Total Car Score for the Compact SUVs & Crossovers segment.
Auto industry insiders say there will be an all-new Rogue model coming within the year, which would explain why the current Rogue is essentially a carryover model from last year.
From what the critics are saying, the Rogue’s remake is overdue. No one called it a bad vehicle, just humdrum, with no qualities that really separate it from the rest of the crossover market. Exterior styling is bland, as is the interior design.
The Rogue gets kudos for its interior room, including an ample back seat, and for its ride comfort. But its powertrain wins no fun-to-drive nods, and in fact is called coarse and buzzy by some critics.
As the Rogue is based on the successful Altima sedan, which itself just went through a redesign, we have high hopes that the next-generation Rogue will sort out some of these issues. Or at least develop a stand-out personality.
The 2013 Nissan Rogue is a four-door crossover vehicle that seats five passengers and is available in S and SV trim levels.
Powering the Rogue is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) routes power to the front wheels or to all four in Rogues with the all-wheel-drive option.
The base Rogue S is equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, power accessories, remote keyless entry, and an AM/FM/CD audio system with an auxiliary jack and an iPod interface system. The S is available with a Special Edition Package that includes 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a rear-view camera, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, and an upgraded audio system with satellite radio and a 4.3-inch color display.
Rogue SV models have all the features found in the S and much of the S Special Edition equipment, plus 17-inch alloy wheels, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and keyless entry and ignition. Buyers can add an SL package to the SV that comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, HID headlamps, foglamps, a power moonroof, Around View Monitor, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a navigation system with 5-inch touchscreen monitor, and a premium eight-speaker Bose audio system.
The EPA has rated the front-wheel-drive version of the 2013 Nissan Rogue as getting 23 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined. AWD versions dip just a bit to 22/27/24 mpg.
With optional equipment, the AWD 2013 Nissan Rogue is rated to tow up to 1,500 pounds; front-drive models have a 1,000-pound tow rating.
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