As an auto journalist, journalistic integrity is important to me, remaining objective and without bias, but the reality is that human beings are hard-wired for bias. Researchers who study decision making theorize that somewhere in our evolutionary past, many of these biases helped us to survive. As a proud and reasonably intelligent homo- sapien/sexual, I can recognize that cognitive bias; which is our tendency to make systematic decisions in certain circumstances based on cognitive factors rather than evidence; affects everything we do, from deciding how to handle our money, to relating to other people, or memories from the past. Though we can’t eradicate bias—given that it is a genetic predisposition, being mindful these factors can aid in becoming better equipped to understand why we do the things we do.
My bias probably started with the Datsun 280Z which was the first car I drove over 100mph, and wow – that was a fun car to drive. It could also be that my first published car review was the Titan XD. More recently, you might have read my reviews of the Infiniti Q60S Red Sport which is crazy fast, like 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. Or maybe my piece on the 2017 Nissan Armada or my first video story on the 2016 Nissan Frontier Pro4x. Or my personal favorite, the article I wrote about the Front Range Bear’s float in Denver Gay Pride parade being pulled by a 2016 Nissan Titan XD.
But it is not just the vehicles, like Datsun or the luxurious and sexy-fast Infiniti brand. Nissan seems to have the ability to bring it all togetherwith great cars, trucks, SUV’s and some awesome people like Steve Parrett and Wendy Payne. Steve has provided a new Nissan Titan for the past three years to pull the Front Range Bears Gay Pride parade float. Wendy Payne coordinated a terrific launch event for the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport and donated a thousand dollars to the Wild Animal Sanctuary; a home for mistreated Bears. It is also the forward thinking that Nissan demonstrates with Intelligent Mobility, autonomous car technology or that Nissan is the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, with global sales of more than 275,000 all-electric vehicles as of mid-December 2016. Given all of that; yup – I’m biased toward Nissan. Having disclosed my bias, onto the review of the Rogue Sport.
The first generation Rogue Sport; is a street savvy versatile crossover, nicely equipped for life’s daily adventures or those routine breaking grand adventures. Its modern design and stylish sports car inspired looks, make the Rogue Sport ready for car-pooling or a night on the town. The interior has a handcrafted feel that reminded me of the more expensive brands, with a spacious front seating design that provides over an inch more room; which should appeal to the “size-queen” inmost of us. I liked the dog-bone shaped cup-holder which can hold your sports bottle or cellphone. The flexible design of the cargo area provides both space and versatility; the divide-n-hide feature allows multiple configurations and flip-up panels to keep things from rolling around or stash valuables out of sight.
The technology built into the Rogue Sport is impressive. Siri eyes-free, voice-guided navigation and search thru Google, NissanConnect allows mobile apps to be accessible from the console display. With safety features previously reserved for premium name-plates; the Rogue has collision avoidance with forward emergency braking & pedestrian detection. Virtual composite 360 bird’s-eye view with the split-screen display to help with parking. Thanks to advanced technologies like the Intelligent all-wheel drive which can adapt to changing conditions faster than the blink of an eye and features like active engine brake, trace control, ride control; to mention only a few – all working behind the scenes to help give the Sport a smooth, controlled driving experience that enhance driving skills.
The Rogue is fuel efficient too, with a 32 MPG highway it doesn’t drink as much as the competitors; although the Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission, offering seamless shifting and better fuel efficiency was ok but I opted for the Sport mode to get better performance.
So, Nissan has got it going on – the new Rogue Sport is a demonstration of the complete package.
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