How We Wish the Nissan Rogue Was Like the Toyota RAV4 (and Vice Versa)
In many ways, we’re satisfied with what our long-term Rogue SV has to offer. As we’ve mentioned before, the SV trim is probably our pick of the Rogue lineup.
Priced around $30,000, the compact SUV comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a handy 360-degree camera system. It benefits from a full suite of standard driver assist features, including blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, rear automatic braking, and ProPilot Assist. This semi-autonomous driving feature, which helps you accelerate, decelerate, and steer in a given lane on the freeway, is helpful for everyday driving. But the steering assist function on our previous long-term Hyundai Sonata was more precise.
We don’t miss the Sonata too much, though. Even though it was a great car, this author’s growing family simply needs an SUV that can be stacked to the gills with gear. Instead, we find ourselves longing for another one of our previous long-termers, the Toyota RAV4. Our RAV4 XLE, priced similarly to the Rogue SV, had noticeably more accelerative oomph, and it’s a bit more stylish inside and out. But a 360-degree camera? It’s reserved as an option for higher trims on the RAV4. And unlike the rear doors on our Toyota RAV4, the doors on the Rogue open nice and wide.
The SV trim is a strong value for the features you receive. But its value proposition fades when you look at five-year ownership costs. The 2021 Nissan Rogue SV received a Mediocre value rating from IntelliChoice, which looks at various factors including depreciation, insurance, fuel costs, maintenance, financing, state fees, and repairs.
Before ending this update, let us spare new Rogue owners an embarrassing moment at the car wash. There are a few things you should know about putting the Rogue into neutral, as it can be tricky.
Shifting between drive and reverse is straightforward: Press down a button on the left of the shifter while moving the lever. Neutral is positioned in the middle, and to access this gear, you hold the lever on N for a second and refrain from pushing the button. Once you know this trick, you’ll have no problem shifting into neutral. Still, it would be nice if you didn’t have to think so much when moving between the different gears. Some quirks, and some satisfaction—that’s what we’re finding in the Rogue so far.
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