Nissan has a well-deserved reputation for building fun-to-drive entries in almost every major segment of the automotive market. It's not easy to build crossovers and minivans that don't feel lackluster from behind the wheel, but the engineers at Nissan have time and again found a way to ingrain at least a hint of engagement into the majority of its products. That being said, the 2013 Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover that is at a crossroads. While competently packaged and certainly useful on a daily basis, the Rogue is a model that increasingly finds itself in the position of fending off much more modern SUVs without being able to employ the same set of tools as its recent rivals.
This particular Nissan is on the cusp of a redesign, and as such, we set out to determine whether there exists any value in current crossover shoppers picking up what will surely be the last year of the current generation Rogue or instead whether it would be better to wait for the newer version of the crossover that is just around the corner. For those who can't delay their purchase any longer, we also went into this road test with an eye towards comparing how the Rogue fares against competitors like the Ford Escape, the Subaru XV Crosstrek, and the Mazda CX-5.