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7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.9
Reliability:
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2011 Nissan Rogue Review

The 2011 Nissan Rogue has a pleasant ride, good fuel economy and good safety scores, but in a competitive class, it’s not as strong as many other 2011 compact SUVs.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale interior appearance
  • Ample in-cabin storage
  • Good safety scores
  • Underpowered four-cylinder engine
  • No available V6 engine

New for 2011

  • Mild refresh of front and rear end
  • Updated interior controls and equipment

2011 Nissan Rogue Overview

For the most part, test drivers were satisfied with the 2011 Nissan Rogue’s performance, but said that it had sluggish and noisy acceleration from its four-cylinder engine. Auto critics felt that more power would give the Rogue a needed boost for highway driving, but the Rogue doesn’t offer a six-cylinder engine option.

Available with front- or all-wheel drive, the 2011 Rogue gets up to 22/28 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class. Some reviewers found that the Rogue’s handling was almost car-like and it had direct steering, while others said that the Rogue’s ride trailed competitors like the 2011 Honda CR-V. The Rogue also performed well in crash tests.

For 2011, Nissan updated the Rogue’s interior to make it look more upscale. When it was new, reviewers liked the Rogue’s interior quality and design. Some thought that the seats were comfortable, while others wanted more seat padding. However, they said that even though the Rogue technically seats five, it was better suited for four passengers because the back seat is small. Also, auto critics noted that headroom may be tight for tall passengers. Nonetheless, test drivers were impressed with the Rogue’s in-cabin storage and liked its pop-up cargo system in the back.

The base 2011 Rogue S comes with cruise control, keyless entry, power windows and door locks and a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input. The Rogue SV adds features that include roof rails, push-button start, Bluetooth, an upgraded stereo and a backup camera. Features like a sunroof, navigation, foglamps, leather seats and heated front seats were bundled into option packages when the Rogue was new.

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Other Cars to Consider

The redesigned 2011 Kia Sportage has better performance reviews and more cargo space than the Rogue. Reviewers liked the interior space of the Sportage, though they praised the Rogue’s refined cabin. Both vehicles have comparable fuel economy, but the Sportage has a more powerful engine along with higher safety ratings.

If you’re considering the Rogue, you should check out the highly-ranked 2011 Honda CR-V for its good driving dynamics and ample cargo space. The CR-V trails the Rogue in terms of fuel economy, but boasts more engine power.

Compare the Rogue to the Sportage and CR-V »

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