Nissan Rogue proves devilishly bootylicious

Written by on February 3, 2015 in Cars and Chicks, Perspectives, Trends - 16 Comments

Krystyna Lagowski 2015 Nissan Rogue SLIn the good old days, cars had names that fired the imagination – Barracuda, Toronado, Wildcat, LeSabre. Even horrible cars had great names like Javelin, Matador, Cordoba. Who wouldn’t feel like a mighty conquistador? But nowadays, cars have flat alpha-numeric designations rather than inspired appellations, so that nobody gets offended if it doesn’t translate properly. But then – along comes the Nissan Rogue, a name that ranks right up there with Scamp and Marauder.

And climbing into a 2015 Nissan Rogue SL, in cayenne red, I felt as I wasn’t just driving, I was brandishing my vehicle. Sitting up high, surrounded by luxurious leather, the boldly chrome-accented muzzle of the Rogue prowled through the streets. With a host of driver’s seat adjustments, including lumbar support, I was tucked solidly into a pillowy soft leather seat. My thumbs played with the steering wheel’s driving indents while I drove through the busy streets, feeling like quite the rapscallion myself.IMG_9393

Travelling along Toronto’s famed Spadina Avenue, I was reminded how bad the drivers are on this strip. Shops and restaurants do brisk business here, often open late, attracting harried customers whose mind is not on their driving. Yet, the Rogue sidled through the gaps and, despite being an SUV, proved remarkable easy to park. The rather brilliant rear-view camera, together with a 360 degree view and a passenger side IMG_9389 curb view, combined to make parking anywhere, even in a tiny niche of a spot, practically effortless.

There were bargains on my mind, I admit, as I had discovered a used Herman Miller Aeron chair for the low low price of $550. The salesman tried to lift it into the Rogue’s humongous trunk space, but a dastardly cargo cover rod teased us with its immovability. The salesman tugged and tugged – the rod obviously came off somehow, as a spring-loaded end made it wiggle in its mounts. It would not budge. When I suggested consulting the owner’s manual, the poor aggrieved salesman looked at me disgustedly. However, as a woman, I do not lose any girl-points for consulting owner’s manuals, and was chagrined not to find any IMG_9419direction.

Finally, we stuffed the chair in the back seat, which was roomy enough to accommodate a full-size office chair with no sweat. When I got home, as soon as I set up my chair, I flipped through the internet until I found a Nissan owner’s forum that attacked the ignoble cargo cover rod – it was meant to be pushed in on the side that did not have any play. Counter-intuitive as it sounded, I scurried back down to the garage and IMG_9396tried it. Lo and behold, it came off like magic.

I then played with the various trays and recesses in the cargo hold, trying to come up with the 18 “Divide and Hide” configurations advertised by Nissan. Although I’m not sure exactly how many I came up with, I had far too much fun moving things around. With the back seat down, the rear of the Rogue had enough room for several Herman Miller Aeron chairs. I replaced the cargo cover, stacked the trays and left my umbrella in the middle, just because I could.

So as ruggedly attractive and mighty as the Rogue was in front, and with all its multiple views for parking, IMG_9385the real news was in the back. I would flip the seats down, whip the cargo cover off, re-arrange the dividers, even offered to help people move, just so I could schlep stuff here and there. With a conspiratorial air, I nodded and glanced sideways whenever a truck pulled up beside me, knowing that we were both hauling a load. And for its significant size, the Rogue did nicely on fuel – the readout on the dash pronounced my best mileage at 9.0 k/100 litres, or 31 mpg. That’s not shabby, given the amount of junk in my trunk.

And as I sit here, in my Herman Miller Aeron chair, I have to think, it’s almost as comfy as the Rogue.

But not quite as devilish …

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16 Comments on "Nissan Rogue proves devilishly bootylicious"

  1. Lenie February 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm · Reply

    Krystyna, first I want to tell you that I had a Chrysler Cordoba in the seventies and I absolutely loved that car and drove it for years.
    Now the the Rogue – Love the picture of you sitting in the back, you look quite comfy, you have such a tough job. I really like the looks and sound of the Rogue. The comfort level of any car is important to me. I hate to drive any distance and be squirming trying to find a comfy way to sit. And the rear view camera – I want one.

    • Krystyna Lagowski February 4, 2015 at 3:54 am · Reply

      Lenie, the Cordoba was honestly an okay car. It was those commercials with Ricardo Montalban (sp?) that were kind of goofy. You’d be very comfy in that Rogue, it aims to please, ergonomically. Agreed that driving should be a pleasure : ))

  2. Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie) February 3, 2015 at 12:19 pm · Reply

    You look adorable and roguish in the back of that Rogue. Red on red…who can beat that??? Laughed like crazy at the salesman rolling his eyes at the mention of the manual! What a sad cliche! Hahaha! I’m jealous that you paid $100.00 less than I did for your Herman Miller chair!!!! All in all, the Rogue sounds pretty cool, especially if you haul stuff!

    • Krystyna Lagowski February 4, 2015 at 3:52 am · Reply

      You know, Jacqui, I just love it when my car matches my hair. If you only paid 600-odd clams for your Aeron, you still got a deal. Up here, they go for about $1,000 CAD. Although these days, that’s about $5 USD …

  3. Donna Janke February 3, 2015 at 6:26 pm · Reply

    I know someone with a Rogue – it is a good vehicle. I’ve had Nissan Maximas and loved them.

    • Krystyna Lagowski February 4, 2015 at 3:51 am · Reply

      Thanks, Donna! Did you know that Nissan has just come out with an all-new Maxima for 2016? Looks very sharp, too.

  4. Ken Dowell February 4, 2015 at 3:09 am · Reply

    It doesn’t really look like it would be fun to drive so I was a little surprised by your review. Unfort;unately for me I can’t seriously look at this because my mother-in-law and sister-in-law each already have one.

    • Krystyna Lagowski February 4, 2015 at 3:50 am · Reply

      LOL, thanks for your honesty, Ken. Don’t know what models your MIL and SIL have, but this was a 2015 top-of-the-line, so it was quite a nice ride.

  5. Erica February 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm · Reply

    31mpg! Wow, that is impressive. I’m jealous of your ability to move furniture. I’m sure it is a relief to buy a piece of furniture and just as you are wondering how you will transport it home, you remember that you can just shove it in the trunk. I once crammed an entire porch furniture set into the back of my mini cooper so I imagine you could get a whole house in the back area if you tried hard enough. 🙂

    • Krystyna Lagowski February 5, 2015 at 3:42 am · Reply

      Why thanks, Erica! It’s truly amazing what can fit into cars these days, they’re so much more spacious on the inside. Not surprised that you got a set of porch furniture into a MINI, they’re so roomy inside. And yes, the mileage on this car was much better than expected!

  6. Patricia Weber February 5, 2015 at 3:24 pm · Reply

    I love Herman Miller furniture! It’s what I have in my home office Krystyna.

    Now the car, you are such a perfect fit for the trunk of the Nissan Rogue. You have way too much fun with all these cars and I’m just delighted you let us experience it with posts like this one.

  7. Tim February 5, 2015 at 7:40 pm · Reply

    Great looking car with a great name and great mileage. Love the color. I have had bigger cars before where stuffing a chair into the back seat was an issue so kudos to Nissan for breaking through the interior space limitations. Sit comfortably 🙂

  8. Arleen February 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm · Reply

    Loved the photo of you in the trunk of the car. Of course the color red helped to make the Name Rogue stand out. Not sure the name would have the same impact in green. Love the fact you can move furniture in your car.

  9. andleeb February 6, 2015 at 5:46 pm · Reply

    As I am not driving and not into cars but my husband is great fan of Nissan and Toyota. I also keep bargains in my mind, it is good to have it in mind as it always helps in many ways. I love your picture sitting in back of the Nissan Rogue. You look amazing with red car around you. Yes it has enough space to put chair on back side.
    After all the work, I love when you said,”And as I sit here, in my Herman Miller Aeron chair, I have to think, it’s almost as comfy as the Rogue.

    But not quite as devilish …”

  10. Jeri February 6, 2015 at 10:25 pm · Reply

    Red is one color of car I’ve yet to own. A friend of mine drives a Rogue and I thought it was a really fun car, and the gas mileage is great too. Unfortunately, I will confess to needing to google what a Herman Miller chair looked like 😉

  11. Kire Sdyor February 7, 2015 at 12:28 pm · Reply

    Do the seats sit flush with the trunk when folded down? I only ask because my wife loves her Jeep Wrangler 4 door, but I was so disappointed that the seats don’t sit flush. To do so they would most likely have to sacrifice comfort in the padding for the back seat but when your vehicle is big enough to sleep overnight in it’s depressing that you can’t get comfortable because of the mechanics of the seat. Her last Nissan was a Sentra so the topic never came up.

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