With bones that date all way back to 2007, the Rogue Select is one of the older models on market. Its age results in several drawbacks, although it should be noted that the little 'ute, with its precise steering and nimble reflexes, continues to provide one of the sportier driving experiences in its segment.
Power for the Rogue Select comes from Nissan's familiar 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which makes 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission available is a CVT, which provides seamless acceleration but can induce a bit of engine drone in certain situations.
Fuel economy is rated at 22/28 city/highway mpg for the front-wheel-drive model, while the all-wheel-drive variant is good for 22/26 mpg. Many competing models return 30 mpg or higher on the highway.
While there's precious little frill in the cabin's design, the controls are user-friendly and the overall level of material quality is decent. Where the interior falls a bit short is in the realm of overall space and flexibility: unlike some rivals, the Rogue Select's second-row seats don't recline or slide forwards and backwards. Cargo room behind the second row and with the second row folded, rated at 28.9 and 57.9 cubic feet, respectively, is slightly below-average for the class.
While it comes standard with expected features like A/C, power windows and locks, and cruise control, the Rogue Select isn't offered with niceties like a navigation system, a premium stereo or advanced safety technologies.
Standard and Optional Features
The Rogue Select is offered in a single trim level, which is roughly analogous to last year's Rogue S model.
Standard features include power windows and locks, A/C, keyless entry, cruise control, mood lighting, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio unit with an auxiliary input jack and a trip computer. The wheels are 16-inch steel units with hubcaps.
The optional Convenience Package brings Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, a 4.3-inch display screen, two extra speakers for the audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, a USB connection port for iPod and other compatible devices, illuminated steering wheel audio controls, illuminated visor vanity mirrors, roof rails and a rear spoiler.
All Rogue Select models are fitted as standard with dual front, front and fulllength side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems.
The Rogue Select can be cross-shopped against base model versions of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the Kia Sportage and the Hyundai Tucson.