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6.0
/ 10
On Performance
BASE INVOICE
$20,458
BASE MSRP
$21,460
On Performance
The 2011 Nissan Rogue performs well enough, but it's there's no excitement in the driving experience.
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PERFORMANCE | 6 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

building speed for a seamless merge into highway traffic is a sweat-inducing, triple-check-of-the-blind-spot endeavor
Motor Trend

the Rogue gets up to speed fairly quickly, though there is an initial lag from the CVT when you press down on the gas pedal
AutoWeek

offers good low-end torque for low-speed city driving
CNET

a decent-to-marginal performer in high-speed highway traffic
Boston Globe


While the Rogue has received a few details to spruce things up inside and out, its core attributes remain. The Rogue's neat, car-based underpinnings make it feel like an especially peppy, maneuverable vehicle at times, though some will find it difficult to warm up to the mandatory continuously variable (CVT) automatic.

The Rogue's 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine provides decently strong acceleration with the CVT—just under nine seconds, according to some tests—and it comes with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. While the CVT allows better fuel economy, its rubber-band-like feel could leave some drivers uneasy. And while the CVT responds quickly to prods of the throttle, hard acceleration is punctuated by a coarse drone from the engine.

Overall, the Rogue is not meant for off-roading, in any way. The system is configured for traction in deep snow or mud, where it can send more power, quite delicately, to the rear wheels.

The 2011 Rogue maneuvers well, with a quick, almost nimble feel at low speed thanks to the responsive electric power steering system, but at higher speeds it becomes abundantly clear this vehicle is tuned more for ride than handling.

Conclusion

The 2011 Nissan Rogue performs well enough, but it's there's no excitement in the driving experience.

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