2016 Nissan Rogue Review – Price & Seating Options

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How Many Passengers Can it Seat? How Spacious is the 3rd Row?

The 2016 Nissan Rogue seats five people with second row seats that slide and recline. As one of a few in its class. You can add two more people with an added third row, although some reviewers believe the third row is best for children.

What’s New for 2016?

One of the first things you will notice with the 2016 Nissan Rogue is its handsome styling. Conservative yet modern, the front end, sides and overall look of this crossover SUV is simply upscale compared to the first generation. A better organized interior and higher-quality materials await its next buyer.

Trim Levels, Options & Pricing

There are three separate trim levels for the 2016 Rogue. The base model is the Rogue S, midlevel Rogue SV and upscale Rogue SL

With a starting price of $24,125, picking the Rogue S delivers a five-inch touchscreen display, rearview camera, Bluetooth, power accessories, auxiliary audio jack, USB port and AM/FM stereo and CD player.

One step up and you get the $25,575 Rogue SV with an added dual-zone automatic climate control. Also standard with this midlevel trim are keyless access, push-button start, power seat and lumbar support for the driver, automatic headlights, tinted windows and 17-inch alloy wheels. The sound system has improved where you can listen to satellite radio.

Finally, you can get the 2016 Rogue SL, which starts at $29,525 and comes with a larger touchscreen. Other standard features include heated seats, 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, leather steering wheel, NissanConnect emergency services, NissanConnect infotainment system with navigation, larger touchscreen, Siri Eyes Free, and a power lift gate. You get a full image while operating the vehicle in reverse with Nissan’s Around View Monitor with Moving Object and coDetection.

For the SV and SL models, you can opt for a panoramic sunroof and third-row seating. With the SV Premium package, buyers can get heated cloth seats. Other features include Forward Emergency Braking for the SL model, blind spot monitoring system and forward collision warning systems.

All-wheel drive is an option for all three trim levels.

Interior Design and Seating


The 2016 Rogue cabin has lovely styling that is not lacking in the number of high-quality materials. Comfortable front seats with flexible reclining and sliding second-row seats provides a decent ride for driver and passengers. Plenty of legroom and headroom abounds. The third row does not receive the same positive impressions, but you do not have to get it since it’s optional.

Using the Around View monitor makes it easier to park and reverse. A user-friendly dashboard with controls and easy to understand infotainment system add more value to what the 2016 has to offer.

The Rogue also has one of the biggest cargo capacities compared to similar models. Flexibility of the second row seats and a well-isolated outside noise reduction makes the 2016 Nissan Rogue a handsome choice for most drivers.

Performance and Powertrain

Powered with an adequate 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the 2016 Nissan Rogue comes with 175 pound-feet torque and 170 horsepower. This engine size is standard for most compact SUVs. Front-wheel drive and an automatic transmission are both standard with an optional all-wheel drive.

It is estimated by the EPA that models with front-wheel drive deliver 26 city and 33 highway mpg. If you choose the all-wheel drive, which may cost an additional $1,350, you can expect better traction on slippery roads.

Unlike some of the competition, the all-wheel drive promises good fuel economy just like the front-wheel drive model. Numbers for the all-wheel is just as strong with mpg of 25 city and 32 highway, and better than most SUVs in its class.

All-in-all, the Rogue offers comfortable cruising for trips around town. The suspension is tuned for comfort and a smooth ride whenever you encounter rough roads. It handle corners pretty well, maintaining its composure without leaning in too much from side-to-side.

Safety Features

Standard safety features include front seat side airbags, hill-start assist, stability and traction control, side curtain airbags, rearview camera and four-wheel antilock disc brakes. Hill descent control is added to models with the all-wheel drive.

Bundled packages offer additional safety features that may vary based on model. Standard safety features for the SL include forward collision warning, a lane departure warning system, blind spot warning system and Around View camera system, which is optional on the Rogue SV. With the Around View camera, you get a 360-degree, top down view of your surroundings while parking. This system can also be upgraded to have a warning system that alerts you when a moving object enters your view.

Government crash tests ranked the 2016 Nissan Rogue with four out of five stars overall for protection during a crash. In addition, the Rogue received the highest possible rating of “good’ from IIHS for moderate and small-overlap frontal offset impact tests, roof strength, side impact and whiplash protection.

Driving Impressions

Buyers distracted by the sporty and racy look of this compact crossover SUV will be surprised by the relaxed driving style of the 2016 Rogue. There is never a jittery or jarring ride, even when driving over rough pavement.

The electric assist power steering system brings a really good feel to driving. Overall, you will have a noticeably controlled ride – unless you decide to turn corners too aggressively. Still, the 2.5-liter delivers adequate acceleration more often than not.

Maneuvers can become somewhat tenuous while passing and merging into traffic when passengers join you for a ride. This does not diminish the near best-in-class fuel economy, which in large part is because of the Xtronic automatic transmission.

Along with the engine, road and wind noise levels make road trips just as enjoyable as driving around town. Avoid steeping on the gas pedal too hard or silence in the cabin will be interrupted by a noisy drone.

Expressive styling, unique features and a handsome interior combine to make all three trims of the 2016 Rogue will draw young drivers and families.

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