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The Nissan Rogue is based on the same platform as the Sentra. This is beneficial in terms of ride quality, as the vehicle's long-travel suspension is able to soak up bumps and road imperfections easily. The Rogue is also stable and quiet at speed, though ultimate cornering limits are predictably modest. The electric power-assisted steering rack is commendably responsive, though like most electric setups, it's a bit numb. Nevertheless, the Nissan's contoured, small-diameter steering wheel and full center console with integrated shifter beget a sporty, cockpit-like feel. Wheel-mounted manual shift paddles on certain Rogue models reinforce this theme.

All Nissan Rogues are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is also standard. The resulting 9.2-second gallop from zero to 60 mph is on par with the four-cylinder competition, but we question Nissan's decision to use a CVT here. Although the Rogue feels fine cruising in city traffic thanks to the 2.5-liter's generous torque band, when you put your foot down to ask for more, the CVT has to do a lot of ratio swapping to get the power you require. The result is sluggish throttle response followed by lots of engine noise. This is particularly evident at highway speeds, where any meaningful prodding at the Rogue's accelerator elicits a cacophonous roar as the CVT zings the engine to redline.

On the flip side, the efficiency-minded CVT helps the Rogue return some of the better fuel-efficiency numbers in this segment. Additionally, our consumer reviews indicate that some owners are quite enamored of the Rogue's unconventional powertrain. Our advice is this: Just make sure that you're enamored of it, too, before signing on the dotted line.

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