11. Nissan Rogue: Roomy and Budget-Friendly
Base-price range: $24,125-$30,875
EPA fuel-economy rating: 26/33/28 mpg city/highway/combined 2wd, 25/32/28 awd
Infinitesimal demand killed the hybrid version of Nissan’s midsize Pathfinder crossover, but rumors persist the automaker plans an electrically assisted version of its compact crossover. Barring that, today’s Rogue is unique among America’s highest-mileage crossovers. It’s the only non-hybrid on the list with true compact-class dimensions; it has a roomier back seat than any subcompact crossover. And it’s even available with a toddler-appropriate third-row seat. Cargo volume is good, too.
The non-confrontational styling gets it accepted by enough buyers to make it Nissan
’s second-best selling model. So does availability of desirable features at reasonable prices. For example, a middle-trim SV model with the SV Premium Package lists for $27,915 and includes a navigation system, 17-inch alloy wheels, power driver’s seat, heated front seats and mirrors, keyless entry with pushbutton start, full Bluetooth linking and Siri Eyes-Free connectivity, power liftgate, and Nissan’s neat 360-degree “birds-eye-view” monitor. Ride quality is another selling point. Handling is secure and predictable, if less than sporty. Acceleration is even further from sporty. The sole engine, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, has 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. It’s not weak for the class, but Rogue
weighs more than most rivals and its saddled with a continuously variable transmission that neuters pickup and contributes to intrusive engine droning as you ascend slowly to highway speeds. It does contribute to the outstanding fuel economy, however, helping Rogue fit
nicely into a growing family’s budget.s