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2016 Nissan Rogue Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Nissan Rogue was new.


Performance: 6.9

The 2016 Nissan Rogue has adequate power for short commutes, but it feels sluggish on the highway, reviewers say. They also note that the engine can be noisy. Auto writers appreciate the Rogue's soft ride and secure handling, but they say it isn't as agile as some competitors, and its steering is numb.

  • "If you're just looking for a value-rich crossover with a smooth ride, this Nissan is bound to satisfy. But if you want any degree of driver engagement, you won't find it here." -- Edmunds
  • "The Rogue has upscale looks and feel, but its driving manners are more reserved. If it were a flavor we'd label it vanilla. That's not necessarily a knock - many people love that kind of ice cream." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "In an effort to achieve class-leading gas mileage, Nissan has dulled its performance a little too much for our tastes. We think the Rogue would be well-served with a more muscular engine option, similarly to the Ford Escape and Kia Sportage." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Nissan Rogue has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission, which functions like an automatic, is standard. The 2016 Rogue earns an EPA-estimated 25/32 mpg city/highway, which is slightly more than what most compact SUVs earn.

Test drivers say the Nissan Rogue has sufficient power for driving around town but feels underpowered on inclines or when passing other cars on the highway. According to critics, the Rogue's engine is loud during hard acceleration, in part because the CVT keeps the engine at a high, constant rpm.

  • "When you're just commuting around town, the 2016 Nissan Rogue performs adequately enough. Also, the Rogue's engine, wind and road noise levels are hushed enough to make long road trips enjoyable. But stepping hard on the gas pedal brings a noisy drone into the cabin, as the CVT keeps the engine rpm high. Even when you're wringing it out, acceleration is subpar, so highway passing or merging maneuvers require some forethought, especially with a full load of passengers or cargo." -- Edmunds
  • "With just 170 horsepower, the 2015 Rogue is among the lower-powered compact SUVs. Acceleration is adequate in ordinary driving but tepid in passing situations and on steep grades." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "While the engine provides adequate acceleration, it doesn't exactly feel thrilled about its lot in life. Neither smooth nor quiet, the big four-cylinder is one of the few reminders of Rogue's low cost of entry." -- Road and Track (2014)

Handling and Braking

According to test drivers, the 2016 Nissan Rogue rides smoothly. Reviewers agree that the Nissan Rogue has composed handling but isn't as nimble as rivals like the Mazda CX-5. Some critics also think the Rogue has vague steering. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "The Rogue's suspension is definitely set up to favor a smooth ride over sharp handling. The ride gets a bit firmer with the SL's standard 18-inch wheels, but comfort remains the order of the day. The downside is that the Rogue feels ponderous when going around turns and does little to engage the driver." -- Edmunds
  • "The steering is nicely weighted, with decent on-center feel, albeit not quite as direct and precise as the steering in the Mazda CX-5, the segment's undisputed dynamic champ. In terms of overall driving enjoyment, the Rogue falls somewhere in the middle-high range of the segment - not as engaging as the aforementioned CX-5 or even a Subaru Forester, but it's a more entertaining steer than other competitors like the Toyota RAV4, Chevrolet Equinox and Honda CR-V." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "Handling is safe and secure but not well defined and certainly not inspiring, including the placid, numb electrically boosted steering." -- Car and Driver (2014)

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