A 170-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder carries over with an updated continuously variable transmission; all-wheel-drive offered for all trim levels.
The wedge-shaped second-generation Rogue better competes in the tall-wagon segment that’s dominated by the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. Introduced for 2014, it makes significant strides in interior and exterior styling. The latter comes in the form of an available third-row seat. Sure, it’s tight on space back there and, when deployed, pretty much wipes out any semblance of cargo space. But it’s also there when you need it and makes the Rogue practically the only small-and-tall wagon (with the possible exception of the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe) in its class to offer one. Compared to the previous model, the current Rogue has shrunk by an inch in overall length (attributed to reduced front and rear overhangs), while the distance between the front and rear wheels is up by 0.6-inches and overall height has been upped by 1.2 inches. The sheetmetal is a bit bolder looking than before, although it might not be quite as attractive. Perhaps that’s why Nissan is keeping the previous top-selling model around for one more season, labelling it the Rogue Select, and selling it alongside the new Rogue at a lower (by about $2,500) price point. The standard powerplant continues to be a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder. It’s matched to an improved continuously variable transmission with a sport mode for snappier performance. Nissan has focused on reducing friction (by a claimed 40 percent) and improving the transmission’s belt and pulley system for better operating efficiency. That seems to have paid off since the Rogue’s mpg rating of 26 in the city and 33 on the highway beats the previous 22/28 rating, which can now be easier to achieve with a standard Eco mode button for 2015. All models — S, SV, and SL –continue to be available with all-wheel-drive. Neat interior features include the Divide-N-Hide cargo system, like the Versa Note hatchback, and all the usual power goodies.