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THIS ROGUE DESERVES A PLACE IN YOUR GARAGE

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Meet the 2017 Rogue Sport, all-new vehicle slightly smaller than the hot-seller Rogue: just 2.3 inch shorter in wheelbase, 12.1 inches fewer in length and 5.6 inch lower in height. Nissan claims that this entry-compact crossover will provide the “perfect size and utility and youthful and active lifestyles, featuring responsive handling and maneuverability.” After driving the nimble ride in the Florida Keys, we can only nod in agreement.
A 2.0-liter inline-4 DOHC cylinder engine develops 141 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 147 pounds-feet of torque at 4400 rpm. It is mated to a Continuous Variable Transmission, which is easy to engage. The electric power rack-and-pinion steering conveys a solid on-center feel, willing to change directions when hustled along on the road. An independent strut with coil springs make up the front while the rear is equipped with a multilink suspension system.
Sitting on a unibody-type structure is a V-motion black grille with chrome accents, halogen headlights, body-colored bumpers and door handles. Depending on the S, SV and SL trim levels, you can get dual auto a/c, 7-inch touchscreen, leather or cloth seats, six-way power driver seat, rearview camera, and a four-speaker CD player. Ingress and egress is easy with the 60/40-split rear seat, which when folded, ekes out 61.1 cubic feet of space. An under-floor cargo area storage tray can come in handy for wet items.
Listen up, all you younger and urban SUV buyers. If versatility, functionality, high fuel-economy figures and value rank top, then the Sport version of the all-new entry-compact crossover is a no-brainer. In fact, it is one useful Rogue you want to keep by your side, or in this case, parked in your garage.

ROGUE SPORT (FWD)
Tires: 215/65R16
Wheelbase: 104.2 inches
Length, 172.4 inches
Weight, 3,225 pounds
Fuel capacity: 14.5 gallons
City: 25 mpg
Highway: 32 mpg
Web site: www.nissanusa.com

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