2011 Nissan Rogue: Refreshed Appearance, Higher MPG

July 30, 2010
A sharpened exterior, interior upgrades, and improved fuel economy are just a few of the improvements Nissan has announced for a modestly revamped 2011 version of its Rogue compact crossover.

The 2011 Nissan Rogue will be shown to the public for the first time at the 23rd Annual International Z Car Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, and while it's clearly just a minor, mid-cycle refresh it should be distinguishable from any 2010s that remain on the lot.

All Rogue models for 2011 get a significantly different exterior, with new front fascia and grille plus chrome door molding and accents, along with new front and rear spoilers, among other new chrome details. Returning for 2011 will be the stylish Rogue S Krom Edition, which gets special 18-inch wheels, a center-exit sport-tuned exhaust, a unique grille and bumper with fog lamps, and other styling tweaks.

The Rogue remains powered only by a 170-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and Xtronic CVT automatic, and includes four-wheel disc brakes in all models. Nissan has eked one more mile per gallon out of both the front-wheel-drive Rogue (highway) and AWD Rogue (city), to yield 22/28 mpg with FWD or 22/26 with AWD.

The 2011 Rogue is now offered in S and SV trims, as opposed to S and SL last year—aligning it more closely with the trims that have been used on Nissan's sportier models, like the Maxima—and its options list has been reconfigured. The new SV model includes many of the features of last year's SL at what sounds like a lower price point. Standard highlights include a power driver's seat with lumbar support; Bluetooth hands-free; and Intelligent Key entry. A nav system, xenon headlamps, rearview monitor, and XM satellite radio remain on the options list.

In our full review of the 2010 Nissan Rogue, we laud its smooth ride, impressive interior, maneuverability, and appearance, but find issue with its outward visibility, narrow backseat, and lack of driving excitement, largely due to the rubber-band-like response brought by the CVT.

Stay tuned for a follow-up drive post and updated full review covering the 2011 Nissan Rogue.

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