The Nissan Rogue has been a reality check for us since its introduction in the U.S. market in 2007. Initially, we felt the Rogue was right-sized — big and rugged enough to compete in the sport-utility segment, yet small enough to be nimble and fuel efficient. It was both, but we never really warmed to the Rogue, mainly because our 6-foot driver always felt he was too close to the pedals.
Yet U.S. drivers loved, and still love, the Rogue. For the past three years, it has been Nissan’s top seller in the United States, reaching 350,447 units sold last year. Nissan’s Altima sedan came in a poor second with 209,183.