Consumer Reports’ analysis of the newly redesigned 2022 Nissan Rogue is full of praise for the compact SUV, with the vehicle even getting an 80 out of 100 road test score. Saying that it likes the car wouldn’t be a stretch, with the website even pointing out some notable features as well. It loves these top four aspects of the Rogue the most.
1. Easy access
Access is a huge positive in the 2022 Nissan Rogue, especially for the second row of seats. Consumer Reports even notes that these seats are positioned at an appropriate height to allow easier sitting. According to Nissan U.S.A., getting into the car should be a cinch as the rear doors open almost 90°.
This is in addition to having narrow door sills pushed inwards to keep parents from banging their shins if they use the car as a family vehicle. It’s also worth noting the door opening is relatively large, reducing how much taller passengers have to duck to get in.
2. Intuitive control in the Nissan Rogue
Despite other car manufacturers replacing their buttons with touch screens and capacitive touch buttons, Nissan has chosen to keep physical buttons for most Rogue’s climate control and infotainment systems. The controls in this compact SUV remain intuitive and easy to use, although a touch screen is still part of the package.
Notably, depending on trim, the fonts on the 8.0 or 9.0-inch screen are easy to read, further simplifying use. Other elements that improve the usability of these controls include a head-up display and an information icon on the instrument cluster.
The latter allows drivers to check the windshield wiper speed without looking at the wiper stalk. As for the former, it’s configurable to hold information on navigation, Bluetooth, and audio systems.
3. The Nissan Rogue’s transmission
The 2022 model year Nissan Rogue uses a CVT Transmission which should be able to change gear ratios continuously. According to Car and Driver, this keeps the vehicle at peak performance efficiency no matter the engine speed resulting in better fuel economy. However, there’s often no physical sensation of the gears shifting up and down.
Consequently, drivers who are used to manual and automatic transmissions find CVTs less engaging, making the ride less enjoyable. Nevertheless, this is not a problem to worry about with the Rogue, even its CVT. The car can simulate shifts, making it feel like it has an automatic transmission and boosting engagement between the vehicle and the driver.
Also, there’s often a lack of harmony between engine noise and forward thrust, making the drive experience feel off. However, the fact that the simulated shifts in the Rogue can match the engine revs eliminates this problem.
Finally, the car is fitted with paddle shifters on the steering wheel, allowing drivers to shift up and down through eight incorporated gear ratios for more engagement.
SUVs and agility are two words rarely mentioned together, and yet the Nissan Rogue’s ability to maneuver roads is one of its strong points. The car feels relatively quick when taking off from a starting line, although that initial short burst of speed is short-lived. Overall, the Rogue can achieve 0-60 mph acceleration in 8.7 seconds which, while not the best in the compact SUV segment, isn’t slow either.
The SUV is particularly agile when taking corners, and according to Consumer Reports, it shouldn’t have any problem handling twisty roads. This is due to well-controlled body lean and some steering wheel feedback, which leaves the driver feeling confident at daily driving speeds.
However, it’s not perfect. If pushed hard enough, the Rogue starts to exhibit some heavy body lean, and the reasonably inconsistent electronic stability control system can also be a problem.