After a week in Nissan’s polarizing little crossover, I’ve finally deduced whom it’s perfect for.
On the plus side, it’s inexpensive, comfortable, quiet and handles well. It’s also positively loaded with safety tech, like lane-keep assist, a 360-degree backup camera and radar cruise control. Downsides are the uninspired interior, droning CVT transmission, short range and near 10-second 0-60 time.
In short, the Rogue is slow, safe, cheap and reasonably practical. It’s an imperfect car that’s perfect for a special group: first-time drivers. If you’re car shopping with your high schooler, consider the sensible Nissan Rogue.