Buyer beware: you get what you pay for
By NYCarLover1984 on Thursday, July 7, 2016
I owned and sold this car
overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Reason: Lousy acceleration, engine, non-functioning safety features
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Stylish, Around View System, Panoramic Moonroof"
Cons: "Engine, transmission, steering, poor quality"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I had a short, disappointing experience with the Nissan Rogue. I was thinking of getting a RAV4 or CR-V or possibly looking at a Hyundai or Kia, but I watched the KBB review of the Rogue and it got me interested. I called several dealers in NY and learned that you can buy a 2016 Rogue SL with Premium Package for about $26.5k -- way, way below MSRP. Seemed like an incredible deal, so I bought one. I quickly learned, though, that you get what you pay for, and they're not selling these things for such a low price because Nissan wants to be charitable; they're selling these things $7k below MSRP because low price is the only area in which the car can beat the competition. That's not to say that it doesn't have redeeming qualities. It does. The Around View camera system is really cool and incredible useful. The cabin is furnished with nice materials. The blind spot monitor works great. The panoramic moonroof is beautiful. The electric lift gate is really helpful when you have your hands full. It's nice that the rear seats can slide forward and backwards. The styling is much nicer than any other compact SUV, in my opinion. But the cons outweigh the pros. I liked the car just fine when I test drove it, but after I bought it and started driving it 80 miles on the highway every day, I very quickly started to loathe it. There's not enough legroom for a tall driver (I'm 6'2") and my legs felt very cramped. The heated seats don't work very well. The "top-of-the-line" trim doesn't come with an automatically dimming mirror, which makes the car feel cheap. The fuel economy was considerably worse than advertised on both city street and highway. The engine is very noisy, especially at highway speeds, and the CVT is clunky and unrefined. Acceleration is lousy -- noisy as anything, but lousy. The "Divide-N-Hide" cargo system isn't as useful in practice as you'd imagine it to be, mostly because items are constantly falling off the "shelf" if you brake with even moderate force, and the different components are made of cardboard and you have to be careful not to put anything too heavy on them. The steering is very difficult at low speeds on city streets. And finally, the forward collision warning/automatic collision braking system -- which is one of the main reasons I bought the car, as it's the only "active" safety feature you can get on it -- is absolutely, scandalously useless. It's extremely hard to get the alert to trigger, even if you're driving at high speed into the back of the car in front of you with no foot on either pedal -- and when it does alert you (which is exceedingly rare), it nevertheless won't actually hit the brakes. I took it to the dealer I purchased it from, which told me that it was functioning properly -- but that the system was, quite frankly, useless as designed. Another dealer told me that he had several Rogues in the shop for the same exact issue, and Nissan corporate has neither admitted there's a problem nor come out with a fix. After all of this, I had had enough. I sold the car to a different brand's dealership before it lost any more value, and bought a Toyota RAV4, the quality of which is so much better. I was very disappointed in my first -- and last -- Nissan, a car do disappointing I kept it for one week. The night before I resolved to sell my Rogue, I read through the owner's manual, cover to cover. It's remarkable how many features the manual tells you how to use -- such as the motion-activated real lift gate, or various options on the car's dashboard menu -- that Nissan never added to the Rogue. That says a lot about Nissan's quality. Unless all you want is good looks and don't care whatsoever about performance or getting the features you pay for, do your homework before buying a Rogue. Don't get suckered in by the low price."
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