2012 Nissan Rouge SV
by Dave Stall

2012 Nissan Rouge SVI’m not sure I would call the 2012 Nissan a Rogue; in fact it seems like a real family guy. The 57.9 feet of cubic space does not seem like it would be a small SUV, but it is.

The engine in the Nissan Rouge is a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with a horsepower rating of 170 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and torque comes in at 175 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. The fuel mileage is outstanding with 28 MPG per gallon with a range of 400 miles. This is accomplished by having Front-Wheel Drive Intuitive All-Wheel Drive Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) transmission. The vehicle shifts smoothly, and give drivers plenty of freeway launch speed.

The interior provides comfort for five and has a 6-way power driver’s seat, and 4-way for the passengers. The cloth seating works great in all temperatures. Just fold down the front passenger seat for added storage. There’s 60/40 split rear seats. Add in Blue Tooth, XM radio, navigation, and it has it all.

My test vehicle came with the SL upgrade which includes leather wrapped seating, heated front seats along with the outside mirrors, automatic temperature controls, Nissan Navigation with a 5-inch color monitor, a Bose Premium sound system with seven well-positioned speakers, and a big woofer.

My test vehicle had the optional Around View Monitor which allows drivers to see all four corners of the Rouge. Safety is all around as driver and passenger have front air bags plus side impact and curtain air bags, front seat active head rests, an energy absorbing steering wheel, 4-wheel anti- lock brakes, vehicle dynamic control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, tire pressure monitoring, and a Nissan engine immobilizer.

My test vehicle started out at $23,970 before tax and license and with all the options I would have chosen it optioned out at $29,005 plus tax and license.

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