Rogue Through Chicago

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Beyond being a modern SUV, the Nissan Rogue has all the versatility you need for city driving.  If you live near Chicago, then you know driving in such a populated area has it’s hazards.  From taxis moving at the last second to pedestrians jaywalking, you never know what will cross your path.  Of course, with the new Rogue Sport we had no issues making U turns to chase after street art.   rog 21

The Rogue is the perfect size for everyday.  For the commuter or smaller family the Rogue is just right. There are only 5 seats.  However, if you opt for the midnight luxury edition, those seats will be spoken for easily.  You can fold down the seats to make more room in all the Rogue models.  We test drove all of them including the newest Rogue Sport preproduction car.  While there is a difference in the drive, really it boils down to where you plan to drive. rog 1

With pedestrian detection, you no longer need to be concerned about hitting someone.  Using the remote start, you never have to worry if your car is too hot or too cold.  With the full media package, you can always have the information you need at your fingertips during a commute.  To be honest, we loved the original Rogue for everyday driving.  All the convenience you have at home can be had in your car without awkwardly packing a laptop.   rog 17

There are less distractions for the driver in a new vehicle.  Especially with Nissan’s early detection features.  From spotting other vehicles in your blind spot to lane departure, the Rogue has you covered.  This SUV is smart enough to detect you drifting out of a lane and guide you back inside the lines.   A feature that comes in handy in the ever changing construction of Chicago.  Those dotted lines can be hard to spot on ever transitioning asphalt.  

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One of my favorite parts of course is the eco option.  Being able to decide how you drive is a vast improvement over just dealing with what your vehicle can give you.  When in the city, I loved the eco option.  This meant that I could tote around a load of full of food and not worry about wasting gas.  We did deliver meals out of the Rogue during our last Fight2Feed mission.  Driving around for a few hours looking for hungry people is definitely a drain on gas levels.  With even a half full tank I had no worries of running low on gas.  

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The safety features are not limited to inside the vehicle though.  The 360 camera is something that I will continue to rave about even now.  During our trip through Lower Wacker and Lower Michigan, we are always alert.  We are cautious and safe.  We never feed on the street alone.  However, every time we stop the driver can pop on the camera with the push of a button.  Not only can you see everyone approaching the Rogue, but also take a peek around a corner.   rog 2

We drove through the countryside.  Outside the big city, you would want the Sport option.  Those winding roads with higher speeds are fun.  I definitely think taking the Rogue Sport would make our culinary adventure.  We took the Rogue to a giant farm with nicely paved roads.  The Rogue traveled to one of our chef’s houses with a driveway packed with cars.  The gravel driveway  of a nursery with a pet turkey that greeted our Rogue.  All of these settings and we never once had a problem.  Never did driving seem like a chore.  In fact in many of those cases, we were glad to be get back into the Rogue and head off to someplace else.  Last month we didn’t want to say goodbye to the Sandstone Pathfinder, and this month we hated saying goodbye to the Midnight Jade Rogue.  

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