From the Short Notice Department, Nissan announced pricing for its new Rogue crossover SUV yesterday. The car arrives at dealers and goes on sale today. We saw the Rogue at the Detroit auto show last January, and came away impressed by its interior. The materials and general fit all seemed very good, something we've come to expect from other Nissans we've seen. In proportion and arrangement, the Rogue compares with the Acura RDX.
But the Rogue costs a lot less, starting with the base S trim and two-wheel drive for $19,250. Kick it up to the SL trim, and it goes for $20,670. Both trim levels can be had with all-wheel drive, at $20,450 for the S trim and $21,870 for the SL trim. For power, the Rogue uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a continuously variable transmission, not a recipe for driving performance, but the fuel economy sounds pretty good at around 25mpg average. Nissan generally embraces tech, and the Rogue offers a good set of options. It can be had with a smart key, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone integration, XM satellite radio, and a Bose audio system.