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#7284 of 7326 First Rogue
Aug 20, 2012 (5:37 am)
Just purchased my first Rogue, in fact it is my first "small" vehicle. Been driving Yukons an PKup trucks.
I live on a dirt and gravel road so clearance was an issue, the Rogue does fine.
After a short break-in we pulled a small trailer and road bike to Casper, WY from Amarillo, TX with no problems at all. Had no problem staying with the 75+ traffic on I-25. Got 17 MPG.
Left the trailer and bike at Casper and toured Yellowstone then back to Amarillo. Avg 29 MPG
At Casper we picked up son and daughter-in-law. I let him drive and tested the back seat with my wife. I was impressed and fully satisfied with the room and view from the back seat.
Had no problem getting in or out. I am 5'7" and about 230.
The CVT was a great mountain highway auto, going up or down easily with no operation, sound, or vibration issues.
I note in previous posts the mention of a longer, or better warranty on some competitive models. At purchase I was able to purchase the additional 100,000 mile warranty for the Rogue and still be under cost of other makes which have a 100,000 mile warranty.
In truth, on those models which offer a long warranty, the buyer is still paying for it.
Seems all makes of small SUV's are beginning to look just alike, wife and I cannot tell them apart.
The Rogue looks different (except for its big brother Murano) and we like that.
#7290 of 7326 Re: 2012 nissan rogue has vibration issues [driver735]
Mar 22, 2013 (10:44 pm)
Seriously Driver735, I don't mean to bash you anything, but this is an SUV its an all wheel drive crossover and not your grandmothers Cadillac. If you want something that is smooth ride go with a Mercedes or a Lexus. Its Nissan they can only do so much in terms of ride quality whilst still giving you the ability to afford the vehicle. So if you want something that rides smooth get one of the previous mentioned brands or go to an altima or some other car that is meant for ride quality, but you are right a car should drive smooth however a Rogue is an SUV not a car.
#7291 of 7326 2012 nissan rogue has vibration issues
Mar 23, 2013 (2:54 pm)
In reply to grizzlybear1, kindly note that have owned 2 ford explorers that did not exhibit the vibrations and grumbling sounds that is prevalent in the nissan rogue. The rogue is not meant for people who enjoy the fine driving qualities of an an automobile weather it be an suv or a car.
#7292 of 7326 Rental 2012 Toyota Rav4 AWD
May 02, 2013 (8:09 am)
This review is strictly from a non small crossover owner viewpoint (Our current vehicles are a 2000 Taurus with 24 Valve DOHC V-6 and a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan with base V-6, both bought new)
We recently drove a four cylinder base Rav4 with 30K miles on it, with all wheel drive for a Southwest Vacation. Put over 2000 miles on it over three weeks, in varying conditions, desert, Las Vegas, and visiting National parks in Southwest Utah. Got 28.6 mpg overall, which I was happy with.
Basically, the vehicle was mostly acceptable in driving and handling performance with a few things I really didn't like:
This base model had inadequate lumbar seat support and no lumbar adjustment available. My back ached after half an hour or so each time.
Large blind spot created by wide and fairly upright A-pillar. Several times I missed seeing pedestrians and other vehicles for a short period as this A-pillar blocked the view.
Ridiculous placement of the outside mirror control on the console. Should be on the dash or driver door left of the steering wheel.
Door armrest, while shaped nicely, had no padding and was of different height from the one on the console.
Too many stalk mounted controls, likely an issue with most foreign brands. I could get used to these, however.
Four speed automatic downshifted abruptly and often on mountain inclines. I was frankly astonished that Toyota has stuck with a 4 speed as late as 2012 model year. Obviously this 4 banger had marginal torque under these conditions and a smooth shifting 5 or 6 speed would have helped immensely. It was acceptable in normal everyday driving however, and would be acceptable if I drove it primarily in my home location of Wisconsin.
By and large, my old Taurus with over 100K or our Grand Caravan with about 56K are more comfortable drives than this RAV4.
#7293 of 7326 Re: Rental 2012 Toyota Rav4 AWD [badgerfan]
May 02, 2013 (9:06 am)
The new one got a much needed 6EAT.
Even the old V6 had a 5 speed.