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2011 Nissan Rogue

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2011 Nissan Rogue Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.8

While Nissan is well known for its mid-size and full-size SUVs, they have only recently entered into the red-hot compact crossover SUV market. With its introduction in 2008, the Rogue earned mixed reviews mainly for its polarizing styling and somewhat Spartan interior. For 2011, Nissan has traded up, giving the Rogue a new look, a new interior and far more in the way of affordable creature comforts. Under the new skin, the same fuel efficient four-cylinder engine and CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) provide plenty of pep, and the available all-wheel drive model is ideal for snowy climes. With heavy hitters such as the Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 already well established, and new comers like the all-new Kia Sportage, and Hyundai Tucson, the Rogue will have its work cut out. But, Nissan loyalists have always been on the cutting edge of style and performance, and they represent a larger audience the Rogue might yet have a chance to win over.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're unimpressed with truck-like boxy styling of some compact SUVs, the Rogue's flowing sheet metal should definitely catch your eye. A combination of impressive fuel economy, affordable price and cutting edge options only serve to sweeten the deal.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need the towing and hauling power afforded by a V6 engine, you won't find one on the Rogues lengthy options list. Those who require serious off-road ability will be better off in Subaru Forester or Jeep Liberty.

What's New for 2011

For 2011, the Rogue receives a newly styled front end, new wheels and more available features including navigation, rearview monitor, USB port for iPod connectivity, 18-inch wheels and automatic climate control.

Driving the Rogue

Driving Impressions We spent a few days testing the Rogue SV with all-wheel-drive and the SL Package and found that the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine provided plenty of pep. Acceleration was aided by...

Nissan's Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) which provided smooth and consistent shifts in all driving conditions. Although the CVT is a gearless transmission, Nissan builds in artificial shift points that mimic a standard transmission. Only under wide open throttle, when the engine's rpms are held steady as the vehicle accelerates, did the CVT reveal itself by causing the engine to sound harsh. Nissan's "Intuitive" AWD (as Nissan calls it), distributes the driving torque between the front and rear wheels as needed, and should prove particularly helpful in areas of bad weather and slippery conditions. Also beneficial in such conditions is the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with traction control. VDC helps keep the vehicle headed the direction the driver intends and thus reduces the chances of losing control on slick surfaces. We found that winding, curving back-country roads were easy to negotiate, thanks to the electric power-assisted steering, and the suspension kept body roll well under control.

Sizeable Glove Box
The Rogue's glove compartment is generously sized and can fit up to 34 CDs, a nice feature for those who can't travel without large music collections. Additionally, a removable partition allows you to customize the space to fit a myriad of items.

Nissan's Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Nissan is one of the few automakers to still embrace and refine CVT technology, and this second-generation transmission is incredibly smooth and gives the Rogue decent performance as well as good fuel economy.

2011 Nissan Rogue Details
2011 Nissan Rogue photo Interior

The Rogue's simple and efficient interior exhibits a sporty attitude that permeates all Nissan products. Circular themes repeat across the dashboard, from the protruding circular dash vents to the large round instrument gauges and HVAC dials. For ease of use, steering wheel mounted controls for the cruise and audio are logically placed within easy reach. The Rogue features an abundance of storage space including an oversized glove compartment and a hidden cargo compartment behind the rear seat. The cargo compartment features mesh dividers and plastic lining perfect for carrying wet or dirty gear. Nissan's provides the Rogue a set of well-bolstered front seats, which are heated and covered in leather when the SL Package is ordered. Legroom up front is generous, but with the front seats pushed to the end of their travel, rear seat passengers have precious little room to spare. If there is one short coming for the Rogue, it's the rather large blind spot created by the high swept D-pillars.

Exterior
2011 Nissan Rogue photo

Although it shares a common platform with the Nissan Sentra, there is little in the Rogue's styling to suggest its passenger car heritage. The new front grille and lower air intakes bear more than a passing resemblance to Nissan Murano, while the new wheels and chrome door skirts seem to mimic Nissan's performance champions, the 370Z and Maxima. Wraparound head lamp and tail lamp assemblies further push the Rogue's image as a performance crossover. The SV trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels (the base Rogue has 16-inch steel wheels), roof rails, body-colored outside mirrors, stainless steel exhaust and rear privacy glass, while the limited production Krom Edition spices things up by adding unique front fascia, upper and lower grilles and fog lights, as well as 18-inch alloy wheels and a chrome clad center-mounted exhaust finisher.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2011 Nissan Rogue S has numerous convenient standard features, including steering wheel-mounted buttons for cruise control, four-way manually-adjustable front seats, an auxiliary input jack and power windows, locks and mirrors. The SV trim adds a six-way power driver's seat, driver's seat power lumbar support, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, and Nissan Intelligent Key. Storage space in both models is abundant, with a cavernous glove compartment and removable partition to help organize random stuff, and a large center console that could swallow a tissue box or small purse. For occupant protection, the Rogue has front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, along with a rollover sensor. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and electronic traction control are also standard.

Optional Equipment

Standalone option for the base car include all-wheel-drive and some dealer installed items. The SV has its options bundled into two well-equipped packages. The SV Premium Package adds automatic air conditioning, power sunroof, auto on/off headlamps and Bosch navigation with touch control screen and XM NavTraffic, while The SL Package includes fog lamps, HID headlamps, dual heated power mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and Bose audio with seven speakers and separate Nd Richbass subwoofer.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Nissan Rogue is offered in S, Krom and SV trims, all powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine matched to an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that is well-suited for everyday driving. For those who need a vehicle that can tackle a variety of driving conditions and road surfaces, choosing all-wheel drive results in only minimal reductions in fuel economy.

2.5-liter in-line 4
170 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
175 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 (FWD), 22/26 (AWD)

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2011 Nissan Rogue Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 355 Ratings for the 2008 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Tremendous Reliable Vehicle. No issues.

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great sporty SUV fun to drive with paddle shift!"

Cons: "none, just too small for us now with 4 grandkids"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Love our Rogue

"This is a 2008 Rogue with steering wheel Paddle shift when selected! This sporty feature is no longer available in new Rogues. It has not had one issue since we bought it. Perfectly reliable. We just bought a larger SUV. 3 Grandkids and one on the way!!"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Love our Rogue

AVOID AT ALL COSTS ESP. TALLER DRIVERS!

By on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

I don't own this car

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Nothing"

Cons: "Noise, drinks gas, lack of amenities & seat adjmt"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Got a loaner vehicle when I had my Altima SL in the dealership. Got the BASE Rogue Select for 3 days. The base model had NO seat adjustment except for moving forward/backward and seat back incline/recline. NO seat height or seat tile adjustment and NO telescoping wheel feature. Basically, made seating a living heck! The AWD vehicle gulped gas that fuel economy was really bad: 14mpg/city, 24mpg/hwy and 21mpg/mixed. Can NOT turn OFF the AWD feature to just FWD! ONLY the bare bones basics that'll please anyone who ONLY wants a stripped down vehicle as there's NOTHING included except A/C, display (NOT Touchscreen) radio and an automatic. The interior upholstery was better than expected but cheap, hard plastic also was present with some minor soft touch plastic. The ride was acceptable for an AWD vehicle though I'd never drive any SUV type vehicle fast. Bumps are felt through the suspension (NO different in other Nissan vehicles so Nissan NEEDS to fix the stiff suspensions in its cars to be softer!). It's noisy due to: 1. Road/Tire noise 2. CVT engine upon startup and acceleration - Nissan's CVT engine is a love it or hate it thing. Many reviewers have stated that the CVT engine is LOUD and they're correct! Noise (NVH) insulation is one of Nissan's Ongoing problems (just like in the Honda which is notoriously noisy as I was from a Honda family)! Basically... AVOID this Select trim and get the Newer version which does have more features like a telescopic steering column and adjustable seats! You'll still have to deal with existing issues like the NOISE and the terrible fuel economy."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Not spacious & not insulated from noise & bumps.

By on Monday, May 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,500

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Looks nice."

Cons: "Not spacious & not insualted from noise & bumps."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"It's a decent vehicle, looks nice but if you are looking for a spacious feel this is not for you. We feel cramped as if in a normal sized car rather than a 'crossover' type vehicle. The insulation is not good compared to others this size, you can hear & feel every bump on the roads."

12 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Great car for the price range!

By on Friday, April 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great price w/ all frills; very reliable; good mpg"

Cons: "Manual passenger seat adj."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have loved my Rouge. I would only change that the passenger seat should be power operated and it's not and also would prefer the side mirrors would dim reflections/light at night like the internal rearview does. I also should have bought the AWD."

14 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Wife enjoys driving the Rogue over our bigger car

By on Friday, April 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,800

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "no shift, easy to park and maneuver."

Cons: "a little hard ride over rural bumpy roads"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Wife loves the CVS transmission especially the no-shift feel. We try to drive the Rogue for short to town trips(we live in a rural area). Gas mileage good"

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Repeat Nissan owner-love the value and reliability

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliability, pickup, cargo capacity."

Cons: "Back end design could use some tweaking."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Great car overall. Extremely reliable and handles like a smaller vehicle. Great pick-up -it boogies when you need the power on the interstate. High rating for passenger comfort, ease of access in both front and back. Good cargo capacity. My family is very tall and passengers have good leg room both front and back. I'll buy another."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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