2015 Nissan Rogue – Still the Grownup’s Scamp

The Nissan Rogue is a likable little crossover with excellent family ergonomics in a well-balanced package. It is “just right” on nearly every level.

Quick Specs & Info

2015 Nissan Rogue Class: Small crossover
Base Model As Tested: SV AWD
Powertrain 2.5L i4, CVT Powertrain 2.5L i4, CVT
Base MSRP $23,040 MSRP as tested $28,500


2015 Nissan Rogue - trees - AOA1200pxWhen we drove the Rogue last year, it was on our epic Rogue to Grandma’s trip. We used a three-row version of the crossover and found that it hit all marks well. This year, our 2015 Nissan Rogue test model was the two row version with versatile cargo shelving and organization. Many who don’t tend to tote children in quantity may find this option a boon.

The Rogue sees little change from 2014, but not much was needed. With comfortable seating, good fuel economy, great family ergonomics, and a third row option, the Rogue is a great choice in the small crossover arena.

Inside the 2015 Rogue

2015 Nissan Rogue - divide-n-hide 2 - AOA1200pxThe 2015 Rogue has two key strengths: great value and a best-in-class interior. The Rogue has top-shelf materials throughout, with soft touch blends and premium-quality construction. Seating is extremely comfortable, starting with Zero Gravity seats up front and slide-recline second row seats. Those slide in a big 9 inches of travel and are split 60/40 for versatility.

Third row seating is rare in this segment, but Nissan does it well here. As should be expected, the third row is only for kids, but adds a lot of potential versatility for families looking for an efficient crossover. Without that third row, the Rogue’s cargo area gains a shelving and organization system that is more useful than expected.

When we first saw it, we assumed it was a gimmick, but the ability to lift out floor pieces and set them up as shelves turned out to be useful for stacking otherwise non-stackables and organizing cargo better. The top shelf, for example, gives a good spot for storing winter coats, allowing easy access for rear passengers to grab and don before getting out. It’s also a good place for bread and bananas after grocery shopping.

With all rear seating folded flat, the Rogue boasts 70 cubic feet of capacity. All with comfortable options and a roomy feel.

Under the 2015 Rogue’s Hood

2015 Nissan Rogue - interior 2 - AOA1200pxThe Rogue is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that runs through a competent CVT. Output is 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.

The EPA rates the 2015 Rogue at 28 mpg combined in both FWD and AWD. Most will find these estimates close, though the AWD is likely to be a point or two lower in the real world. Our testing in the Rogue AWD netted 25 mpg combined with a heavy, high-speed highway mix.

On the Road With the 2015 Nissan Rogue

2015 Nissan Rogue - trees 3 - AOA1200pxDaily driving in the 2015 Nissan Rogue is pleasant and comfortable. The everyday ergonomics of the Rogue are excellent. Drive dynamics may be a bit soft for some tastes, but acceleration is good and road noise is low.

Around town, the 2015 Rogue has good visibility and the standard rearview camera makes up for the relatively narrow back window view. The optional AroundView system is a real boon, though, giving a top-down 360-degree view of the car and its immediate surrounds.


The small crossover segment sports a lot of great entries. The top-selling Honda CR-V is a solid choice, as is the Subaru Forester. Those looking for a sportier drive will like the Mazda CX-5, which we will review soon. Finally, the Kia Sorento is a great option as well.

Strong Points

  • Great interior with a solid combination of beautiful looks, comfort, and versatility.
  • Fuel efficient without being weak on the highway.


  • Somewhat soft suspension and handling.


Taken all together, the 2015 Rogue is a great choice in the segment. It sports good versatility, excellent family ergonomics, and smart efficiency all wrapped in a package with a top notch interior.

Test Period Length and Limitations
The Rogue was a manufacturer’s press loan for about a week. During that time, we put a total of 183 miles on the vehicle in mixed driving conditions and cold winter weather.

Aaron Turpen
An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.