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2019 Nissan Rogue MPG: Our Real-World Testing Results

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In connection with our test to find the best compact SUV of 2019, we embarked on some real-world gas mileage testing of the 2019 Nissan Rogue and six competitors: the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and Volkswagen Tiguan. Our observed mileage of 25.7 mpg was less than the Rogue’s 27 mpg combined EPA estimate and tied for last place with the Tucson, which at least exceeded its combined mpg estimate, coming just 0.3 mpg shy of its 26 mpg highway rating.

All seven contestants had optional all-wheel drive. Our Rogue SL had a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a continuously variable automatic transmission, the model’s only powertrain. The EPA-estimated mileage for this version is 25/32/27 mpg.

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Designed to emulate a family road trip, our route covered more than 200 miles and consisted of mostly highway driving. As a result, the observed mpg (the average of the SUV’s onboard trip computer and calculated fuel economy) was in the high 20s for all contestants. All SUVs were driven in their default drivetrain modes rather than efficient or sport modes (more details can be seen in our How We Tested story).

The newly redesigned RAV4 Limited led the field with an observed 29 mpg combined, followed by the CR-V Touring at 28.5 mpg, the Forester Touring at 27.9 mpg, the Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line at 26.5 mpg and the Cherokee Limited 3.2-liter V-6 at 26.1 mpg. The Tucson Ultimate 2.4-liter and Rogue SL brought up the rear at 25.7 mpg.

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What stands out about the Rogue’s observed mileage is that it’s markedly lower than the other contestants equipped with continuously variable transmissions — the Forester and CR-V — a design known more for efficiency than driving pleasure. These two also managed to come closer to their EPA combined mpg estimates.

Though it’s not the heaviest model in the test, the Rogue does have the lowest power-to-weight ratio, which mirrors our judges’ impressions of modest acceleration. There was a time when less powerful engines translated to higher mileage, but this might be a case of an outmatched engine working too hard, or a less evolved CVT, which the judges called out as the least refined of the trio.

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Former Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder, a launch veteran, led the car evaluation effort. He owns a 1984 Mercedes 300D and a 2002 Mazda Miata SE. Email Joe Wiesenfelder

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