VIDEO - 2022 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD Review: Quick Take

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2022 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD Review: Quick Take

Last month, we held a massive 2022 AutoGuide Compact SUV comparison presented by NRS brakes.

During our evaluations, a lot of time was spent in each of the eleven vehicles, weighing their pros and cons. One of the stronger entries in the comparison was the third-place finishing 2022 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD. We are now going to take a deeper look into how it achieved a podium finish.

Rarely, is a new model this much improved over the old model. But that truly is the case with the new generation Rogue. It’s like a professional sports player that gets sent down to the minor leagues to work on a few things and comes back as a superstar. The updates to the recently reinvented Rogue has shot this small SUV right to the lead pack in the segment. And for 2022, it’s even better.

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VIDEO - Best Small SUV | Testing (almost) Every Compact SUV

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Best Small SUV | Testing (almost) Every Compact SUV

Welcome to the single most important comparison we will have all year. The AutoGuide 2022 Best Small SUV Comparison sponsored by NRS Brakes.

The average family car these days isn’t even a car at all anymore. Compact SUVs are the sweet spot these days, selling thousands of examples every single day in Canada and the United States. So we’ve assembled 11 of them, from all corners of the market, to figure out which one is best. Yes, eleven. Go big or go home, they say. It’s time for AutoGuide 2022 Best Small SUV Comparison.

This group covers all the big hitters, including the segment-leading Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Mazda sent us two SUVs, in the shapes of the subtly different CX-5 and CX-50. More rugged options like the Ford Bronco Sport and Jeep Compass are here, too. Amongst the pack are of course a few hybrids as well. If you’re shopping this part of the market, at least a few of these SUVs will be on your short list.

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2022 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD Review: Small Family, Values

The time has come to replace the family chariot and the hunt for its successor is in full swing.

Currently, we own a vehicle that far exceeds our needs; a three-row crossover SUV. It’s excessive for a family of three with a small dog, and never would have been our first choice. But during my time with a previous employer, corporate discounts led to an amazing lease rate that positioned our current eight-seater SUV at a price point that was lower than any compact sedan.

This time around though, there are no corporate incentives swaying our decision. We’re ready to replace our exceedingly large automotive conveyance with something a bit more right sized. One of the vehicles that has made our short list is the 2022 Nissan Rogue.

Recently, we were impressed with the Rogue during a comparison test against the Mazda CX-5. Although the CX-5 claimed the narrowest of victories, there was no denying the Rogue’s value for money, comfort, and practicality as a family hauler.

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2022 Nissan Rogue First Drive Review: New Engine Improves the Package

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When the latest Nissan Rogue debuted, there was one major weak point: the engine.

When we pit the Rogue against the class-standard Toyota RAV4 earlier this year, the Nissan won out, but not because of its engine. “The initial pull soon dissipates,” reads the comparo, “and the power deficit is especially prominent on the highway where the Rogue struggles to gain speed quickly.” That it couldn’t even post better fuel economy figures was another point against Nissan’s otherwise great new family hauler.

For 2022, that’s no longer the case. Nissan has announced the Rogue will be getting a new 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine. It promises more power and better fuel economy, for not much extra cash. Ahead of the news, AutoGuide briefly drove a 2022 Rogue fitted with this new mill, finding one of our favorite compact crossovers just got better.

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Detailed Specs

Price / $27,360 - $38,640
Engine / 1.5-liter turbo 3-cylinder
Power / 201 hp
Torque / 225 lb-ft.
Drivetrain / FWD / AWD
Transmission / CVT
Fuel Economy (city/hwy) / 28-30 mpg / 34-37 mpg
Cargo Capacity / 36.3 - 36.5 cu ft.

Our Final Verdict

Nissan Rogue

4.1
Performance 8.0
Features 9.0
Comfort 8.0
Quality & Styling 8.0
Value 8.0