Model 2013 Nissan Rogue
Trim SV with SL Package
Power train 2.5-L 4-cylinder, CVT, FWD, or optional AWD
EPA fuel economy 23 city, 28 highway, 25 combined mpg
Observed fuel economy 23.4
Navigation Optional SD-based navigation with SirusXM NavTraffic
Bluetooth phone support Yes
Disc player Single-slot CD
MP3 player support Standard analog 3.5mm auxiliary input, USB connection, iPod connection
Other digital audio SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Audio system Bose premium audio
Driver aids Optional Around View Camera
Base price $28,650
Price as tested $29,475
That rear camera doesn’t last long, as with the addition of the optional SL Package it’s almost immediately replaced by the Around View Camera — a feature that I’ve previously only seen in Infiniti models that gives the driver a bird’s-eye view of the area around the vehicle by stitching together video from four cameras mounted around the vehicle’s perimeter. For your $3,900, the SL Package also adds a 5-inch touch screen and an SD card-based navigation system with SiriusXM NavTraffic. A Bose audio system is also added, bumping the number of speakers up to eight, including a front-center fill channel and a powered subwoofer. Climate controls gain an automatic thermostat, the seats and steering wheel gain leather trim, and the front buckets gain two levels of heating. Headlights are upgraded to HID Xenon lamps and gain an automatic on/off function. Finally, a modest power moonroof is added to the feature list. That’s not a bad haul for just under $4,000.
However, there are a few small annoyances that must be pointed out. For starters, the 5-inch screen used to display maps and Around View Camera output is located fairly low on dashboard’s center stack. This makes it difficult to monitor the map or check the camera without taking your eyes off the road or craning your neck. Additionally, the tiny, low-resolution screen doesn’t offer the best detail when in Around View mode, which makes it difficult to spot painted lines on the road or poorly defined curbs. However, even with these trade-offs, the extra visibility afforded by the extra cameras can greatly enhance safety and make tight parallel parking easier.