2012 Nissan Rogue
by Dave Stall
2012 Nissan Rouge SV
I am not sure I would call the 2012 Nissan a Rogue, in fact it seems like a real family guy. 57.9 feet of cubic space does not make for a small SUV, but it is. 28 miles per gallon with a range of 400 miles, comfort for five.
The engine in the Nissan Rouge is a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine
with a horsepower rating of 170 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and torque comes in at 175 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm and the fuel mileage is outstanding, as I mentioned before, 28 mpg on the freeway and 23 mpg in the city.
This is accomplished by having Front-Wheel Drive Intuitive All-Wheel Drive Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) transmission. Shifts smooth and give you plenty of freeway launch speed.
Interior comforts are all around you, 6-way power driver seat, and 4-way for the passenger, cloth seating which works great in all temperatures, fold down front passenger seat for added storage, 60/40 split rear seat, Blue Tooth, XM radio, navigation it has it all.
My test vehicle came with the SL upgrade which includes leather wrapped seating, heated front seats along with the outside mirrors, automatic temperature controls, Nissan Navigation with a 5-inch color monitor, Bose Premium sound system with 7 well positioned speakers, and a big woofer.
My test vehicle had the optional Around View Monitor which allows you to see all four corners of your Rouge, pretty cool if you ask me!
Safety is all around you as well, driver and passenger front air bags plus side impact and curtain air bags, front seat active head rests, energy absorbing steering wheel, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, vehicle dynamic control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, tire pressure monitoring, and a Nissan engine immobilizer.
My test vehicle started out at $23,970 before tax and license and with all the options I would have chosen it optioned out at $29,005 plus tax and license.
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