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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Nissan Rogue

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While the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 generally get the most attention in the crossover utility vehicle (CUV) class, buyers should take a look at the 2012 Nissan Rogue. The second-smallest model in Nissan’s line of SUVs and CUVs, the Rogue has a sleeker, more stylish look. Instead of attempting to look like a smaller SUV, this crossover vehicle takes styling closer to a car than a truck.

Key Features

The 2012 Nissan Rogue is remarkable for its long list of standard features, included in every trim from the base model Rogue S up to the SV Premium package. These include four-way adjustable front seats, cruise control buttons on the steering wheel, and auxiliary inputs for the audio system. If you go up one trim level to the SV, you’ll also get a standard six-way driver’s seat with power lumbar support and hands-free Bluetooth connectivity for your phone.

Other key features include Nissan’s Xtronic CVT (continuously variable transmission), which gives a smooth ride and helps improve fuel efficiency.

Changes for 2012

The Special Edition trim package is new for 2012 and includes a number of really great additional features. Some of our favorites are the steering wheel controls for the audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, a rearview monitor, and fog lights.

What We Like

The 2012 Nissan Rogue has a lot to offer, and it doesn’t look like a scaled-down SUV, either. It has a refreshing look and feel without sacrificing the space you want when you look at a CUV.

What Concerns Us

However, other CUVs do tend to be more rugged, and they do have better off-road abilities. If you’re looking for a sportier alternative to a family station wagon, this could be the vehicle for you, but if you’re headed off road, it might not be the right choice.

Available Models

All trim levels of the 2012 Nissan Rogue come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with Nissan’s Xtronic CVT. With 170 horsepower at 6000 RPM and 175 lb-ft of torque at 4400 RPM, this is a great vehicle to haul gear, groceries, and people all over town. The FWD models are rated at 23/28 MPG (city/highway), and the AWD models are rated at 22/26.

Major Recalls

Some 2012 Nissan Rogue models have been recalled to resolve issues with the tire pressure monitoring system. Others have been recalled due to a potential electrical short from water seepage. Both issues can be handled at any Nissan dealer.

Common Issues

While the 2012 Nissan Rogue is generally very reliable, drivers’ most common issues have been with loss of acceleration and/or transmission failure.

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