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Nissan Rogue
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Overall: One of the few vehicles in the compact wagon class that can be had with three rows of seats, but the rear-most spot is strictly for youngsters. The Nissan Rogue Select (the previous-generation model that was still lingering) has been retired.

Drivetrain: A 2.5-liter four-cylinder is mated to a continuously variable transmission; of course all-wheel-drive is available.

In case you weren’t aware, compact- and mid-size-sedan buyers are shifting their transportation priorities and snapping up tall wagons of varying sizes. The Nissan Rogue is one of the top segment contenders, alongside the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox and Hyundai Tucson, to name but a few. Introduced for the 2014 model year, the current Rogue displays plenty of exterior and interior styling class. 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 for occasional use and it makes the Rogue practically the only small-and-tall wagon to offer seven-passenger seating. The standard powerplant continues to be a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. It’s matched to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a sport mode for snappier performance. For this edition of the CVT, Nissan 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. All models — S, SV and SL — continue to be available with all-wheel-drive. Neat interior features include the Divide-N-Hide cargo system (a two-tier load floor), and all the usual power goodies. For 2016, “Forward Emergency Braking,” which can bring the Rogue to a complete stop before colliding with the car in front, is available on the SL trim.