Another quarter with our long-term Nissan Rogue SL is in the books, and we’re happy to report it continued to dutifully transport us on commutes and trips both long and short. While the Rogue hasn’t elicited any strong feelings either for or against it, this Nissan remains a reliable soldier. Nobody minds driving it, but nobody’s fighting for the keys, either. We appreciate the Rogue’s right-sized flexible interior, its all-weather all-wheel drive and, maybe most of all, its blue-collar workhorse nature.

The second-gen’s new exterior design is sleeker and more stylish than the bland blob it replaces. Our loaded SL’s healthy features list includes an intuitive nav system, Bose audio, Bluetooth, satellite radio, panoramic moonroof, LED headlights … you get the idea.

As for those aforementioned trips, the Rogue journeyed from Detroit to upstate New York and back with one editor who had his parents and dog in tow. The editor returned from his extended stint proclaiming the Rogue “a solid entrant into a crowded field of competent contenders.” The comfortable ride made covering the miles easy, and the uncomplicated infotainment stack received high marks.

He did want more power (a wish on nearly every car we test), with the Rogue’s four-cylinder feeling particularly underpowered in some cases. “Having 170 hp is fine for getting to freeway speeds, but there were merging/passing situations where the throttle went to the floor, and the 2.5-liter felt gassed,” he said. Editors have also noted more supportive seats would go a long way to help separate the Rogue from the competition.

During the quarter, the Rogue didn’t have any days out of service. As the odometer ticked past 10,000 miles, our second scheduled service was in order: an oil change, tire rotation and general inspection. Everything checked out, and
we are in good shape for another 5,000 miles. Fuel economy has held steady in the 26-mpg range—a bit off the 28-mpg EPA combined rating. No doubt it’s our staff’s collective heavy right foot. We’ll see if that improves during the second half of the year. Either way, our Rogue will no doubt continue to get stuff done.

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