We've racked up over 5,000 miles so far on our 2014 Nissan Rogue SL and it's turned out to be a popular addition to the fleet, small enough to make it maneuverable in urban environments, yet roomy for five people and luggage, making it an ideal companion on road trips. And as a daily commuter, its comfort and amenities make stop-and-go commuting bearable, while there's ample underhood performance from the 2.5-liter 170-horsepower 4-cylinder engine to get you where you want to go.

In fact, this all-wheel drive crossover SUV has turned in some pretty impressive fuel economy numbers so far, averaging 27.4 mpg in consuming 193.5 gallons of gasoline. At an average of $4.20 per gallon, the Rogue has burned $812.50 worth of fuel, which works out to 15.3 cents per mile.

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Economy has its price

That exemplary fuel efficiency comes at a price and we don't mean the $32,000 sticker on our test vehicle (which is the top trim level and quite well-equipped). The efficiency comes in part to the Rogue's continuously variable transmission, which does a pretty good job of giving the vehicle responsive acceleration while delivering the high 20s in fuel economy. The price is in engine noise. While the CVT responds well to throttle inputs delivering snappy acceleration without the typical motor-boating or elasticity of feel, it quickly ramps up the revs and holds them at a pretty high level, which translates to a lot of engine noise when you're on it. After a while you become accustomed to the sound of the engine working hard, but it still wears on you. Perhaps a little more cabin isolation would be in order.

The only other problem we've encountered is the intermittent nature of the satellite radio. While occasional drops in the signal are to be expected, a couple of times, the system seemed to be rebooting and didn't work at all until the ignition was cycled. Because it happens so rarely, it's hard to replicate the problem and for the most part the infotainment and navigation system has worked quite well.

Overall, we're pleased with the performance of the Nissan Rogue, it has plenty of room, decent performance and for an all-wheel drive vehicle and won't set you back at the gas pump.

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