2013 Nissan(NSANY) Rogue S
Average selling price:
Under $25,000 with more than 25 miles per gallon worth of combined fuel efficiency? How did this make the list?
Easily the most fuel-efficient and cost-effective vehicle of the bunch, the five-passenger Rogue crossover with its all-wheel drive and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is the undercover Forester. Its interior is less plastic than its upmarket competitor and has comfortable seats, a huge center console bin and glove box, an organizer under the floor.
Its features are a bit sparse, as Bluetooth is reduced to an option and items such as keyless entry, folding side mirrors, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, a trip computer and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod interface are considered perks. In a mid-market increasingly populated with go-to small SUVs such as the Honda CR-V,
RAV4 and Ford Escape, though, the rogue is the all-wheel-drive winter wagon suited for school and shopping but without all the socioeconomic baggage.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.
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