AutoNsider's Review | 2023 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD

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2023 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD exterior side view
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Yes…It’s not that Nissan’s latest Rogue can’t dress up nice and sexy for a night on the town….especially in Nissan’s “Platinum” edition, but whatever trim level you choose, today’s Rogue seems to say, “Bring the family…the dogs…the groceries, beach toys, bikes and more!

The Rogue is still a roomy two-row five-seater, but Nissan gave it quite a re-do a couple of years ago. Today’s Rogue now has a more squared-off muscular look.

And that new shape gives it more cargo capacity than ever.

How much? Over 74 cu ft with the second row folded down and a healthy 36.5 with the second row full of people. That’s the “Go to Costco” interior space, but the Rogue still fits nicely in garages and parking spots.

And in addition to a legitimate room for five, the Rogue is family-friendly when it comes to filling up, too. With EPA Ratings of 30/city and 37/highway (28/34 with AWD ), the Rogue boasts class-leading MPGs.

Some of those MPGs come from Nissan’s technologically advanced 1.5 liters, 201 HP turbo and their CVT auto. I’ve driven dozens of vehicles with continuously variable automatic transmissions, and Nissan’s latest is among the best. When passing, you get smooth acceleration, and immediate and powerful downshifts—the best of both worlds.

Base model Rogues start in the high $20’s. Choose leather, a moonroof and a few other niceties, and you’ll be in the mid $ ’30s. And if you go for it all, our test Platinum AWD was just about equipped like an Infiniti but listed thousands less at just over $43K. Again, with the average price of a new vehicle now over 47 thousand, what Nissan offers in today’s Rogue has to be considered highly family-friendly.

And what does that “all-in” Platinum package deliver?

19” alloys, heated and quilted semi-aniline leather, heated steering, intelligent high/low LED lighting, 10-speaker Bose sound with built-in Alexa, a panoramic moonroof with roof rails, a 12” digital dash, hands-free rear liftgate, second-row sunshades, a handy multi-position rear storage system, front and rear parking /collision alerts, a 4-camera configurable all-around view monitor, and Nissan’s ProPILOT…which gives you steering assist, intelligent speed control, speed sign
recognition and more.

And then a few packages took our otherwise $38,640 Platinum into the low $40’s. But that brought us Special ground and interior lighting, a heads-up display, floor mats and cargo protection system, tri-zone heat and AC, plus heated rear seating.

So what was missing from our Platinum AWD Rogue?

Only the kids, dogs, and toys.

2023 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD front view
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2023 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD rear view
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2023 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD driver interior view
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2023 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD second row passenger
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2023 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD trunk view
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