I am a road warrior, working in sales I spend many hours in my car. As a point of reference I will let you know that I travel by plane weekly and I have the opportunity of renting many cars, all shape...
I am a road warrior, working in sales I spend many hours in my car. As a point of reference I will let you know that I travel by plane weekly and I have the opportunity of renting many cars, all shapes and sizes and varying price ranges, so driving different vehicles I can compare and at all levels. I have been driving my Nissan Rogue for the past year (it is a 2010 S-AWD model) company owned, to date I have already put 50000 miles on it and will be due to change within 1 year. The Rogue has been the smallest, least equipped, lowest cost vehicle I have ever owned. In my opinion the Rogue is an SUV most folks consider the basic, it is not the ultra luxury vehicle most folks would like to drive but it has been and continues to be one of the most enjoyable vehicles I have ever "owned", to the point when I land at the airport I look forward to my drive back home in my Rogue. I drive all vehicles very tough, I push them to their limits and this one continues to surpass all my expectations. The size is great for parking in tight spots, being an SUV I pack it with year round ski box, bike rails and much more. I hit the lake or mountain on weekends in all types of weather, last year I drove 7 hour straight in a winter blizzard from Boston to Montreal late in the evening, no cars on the road except for myself, average of 6 inches of snow on the interstate, in whiteout conditions, the Rogue handled the storm with stability and security. My children are growing up and approaching 6 feet they fit very comfortably in the back seats. The Rogue is simple, no frills, and a working machine. The drive is comfortable, quiet (for hours of phone conference calls) and I never stress about road conditions regardless of weather. My wife is also a sales warrior (currently driving a fully loaded Honda Accord Hybrid) lease coming to termination she has been looking for a new vehicle, she has tried and tested every brand cars and SUV?s on the market from every vendor, today we walked into a Nissan dealer then last one on her list,(we tested, VW, Audi, Volvo, BMW, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Ford, Acura, and Subaru) she test drove a Maxima, Murano and a Rogue, can you believe it she never drove mine, always sat on the passenger side, I am still stunned, as is the rest of my family, we exited with another Rogue SL AWD. Here are my driving criteria?s, get me from point A to point B, efficiently, securely, and with simple class without making you broke, and all together enjoy the ride, the Rogue has fulfilled this request with huge success.
There are tons of good choices out there today, but I will gladly state that the Rogue continues to be one of the most enjoyable vehicles I have driven. It drive like a car and not a truck.
Here are some enhancement I would recommend to Nissan, adjustable lumbar option on more basic models, 3 position rear seats (like offered by competition) Rear center arm rest option. These are optional enhancements to make the vehicle feel like a bigger player. My other suggestions for enhancements are not rational as I only have the base model and the functions are offered in the upgraded versions.