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Old 14th June 2013, 21:03   #2806
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I don't think a sporty looking Corolla will lack reliability!
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Can't help but ask. Where will the non sporty average buyer who bought a corolla or a civic simply for reliable, affordable transportation go now?

Or has the average non sporty buyer turned into the opposite?
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Is there a thread for team-BHPians in North America? I'm moving to Tallahassee , Florida for my studies and would like to get to know people around there in advance, so I could get a few pointers.
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Old 16th June 2013, 19:58   #2808
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Can't help but ask. Where will the non sporty average buyer who bought a corolla or a civic simply for reliable, affordable transportation go now?

Or has the average non sporty buyer turned into the opposite?
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I don't think a sporty looking Corolla will lack reliability!
But a sporty Corolla will mean less profits for Toyota - if they have to fit it in the general price range and yet add sportier suspension/engine components and build to a higher cost. So if the market doesn't need it, why make it?

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Is there a thread for team-BHPians in North America? I'm moving to Tallahassee , Florida for my studies and would like to get to know people around there in advance, so I could get a few pointers.
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You are in the right thread already. Welcome to this side of the world! I'm not sure if there is anybody in Florida, a lot of us are concentrated near the larger metros of the US.
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Old 17th June 2013, 17:54   #2809
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But a sporty Corolla will mean less profits for Toyota - if they have to fit it in the general price range and yet add sportier suspension/engine components and build to a higher cost. So if the market doesn't need it, why make it?
I don't think Sporty looking means actually Sporty

They have had sports variant with just body moldings & stickers before too for Corolla.

See the people who buy Corolla for its simplicity buy it because they don't want to spend extra for something jazz but if they get the Jazz & same reliability in same price range as before, I think very few would mind it
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Old 17th June 2013, 21:19   #2810
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I guess Toyota makes a clear distinction amongst buyer segments unlike Honda.
Soft family cars - Corolla , Camry.
Sporty: FR-S (OK its a scion but you get the picture).

Honda on the other hand tries to infuse some life into both Civic (Si Coupe and Sedan) and Accord (Sport) to appeal to buyers who want a proper four door sedan with some fun to drive quotient.
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How does a Nissan Rogue (2010) with 30k miles on odo sound at 17k? There's another 4 years of warranty left or 70k miles (whichever is earlier).

My sister went out for a car hunt in Allentown (PA) but Toyota's RAV4, the only other popular SUV as per kbb.com, was not very fun to drive.

Any pros/cons of Nissan Rogue? Any other SUVs that she should look out for? She wishes to finalize the deal tomorrow or day after max.
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How does a Nissan Rogue (2010) with 30k miles on odo sound at 17k? There's another 4 years of warranty left or 70k miles (whichever is earlier).

My sister went out for a car hunt in Allentown (PA) but Toyota's RAV4, the only other popular SUV as per kbb.com, was not very fun to drive.

Any pros/cons of Nissan Rogue? Any other SUVs that she should look out for? She wishes to finalize the deal tomorrow or day after max.
The Nissan Rogue may not be bad in isolation - but in that segment the other contenders are much better - that is my impression. I have felt that the Rogue is a little smaller as compared to CR-V/RAV-4/Forester/Equinox. Also, the CVT implementation on the Rogue is probably not amongst the better ones from Nissan. But one thing is that it handles and drives well. Perhaps that is what your sister felt too. Interiors are also much better than a RAV-4 for eg. Also, if all weather traction is very very important - nothing beats the Subies.

PS: I picked a Forester after comparing it to a Rogue a year and half back.
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I picked up a '09 rogue SL AWD with 33k on the odo last year and the ownership experience has been pretty good so far. I didnt bother about RAV4 and CRV much due to their price, and the only other contender was Ford Escape. I chose the Nissan over the ford because of the interior quality, fit and finish.

As Vineet mentioned above, the CVT isnt the best implementation around, but it isnt too bad either. You get the hang of it as you get used to it (still frustrating) but it doesnt feel wanting for power when it gets going.I get an average of around 22 mpg in city (NC - not too heavy traffic) which is pretty OK for the segment and maintanence charges have been very reasonable so far. For some reason, Nissan recommends a 3750 miles oil change interval though which i dont really adhere to - but thats your choice.

I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have, but it is definitely more FTD compared to the honda and toyota and isnt as expensive as comparable models. AC is a chiller (I miss it in my other car - VW Jetta), and steering is well weighed and pleasure to use.


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How does a Nissan Rogue (2010) with 30k miles on odo sound at 17k? There's another 4 years of warranty left or 70k miles (whichever is earlier).

My sister went out for a car hunt in Allentown (PA) but Toyota's RAV4, the only other popular SUV as per kbb.com, was not very fun to drive.

Any pros/cons of Nissan Rogue? Any other SUVs that she should look out for? She wishes to finalize the deal tomorrow or day after max.

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One of the dealers that my sis went to was highly praising the Forester that we was driving before planning to certify it a few days/weeks later.

This has got us thinking whether Forester is that better than Rogue. However, a 2009 Forester with 30k on the odo is $19k onwards whereas similar mileage Rogue is going to cost $16.5-17k.

Is it worth putting in an extra $2-3k for a Forester against the S variant of Rogue?

They would hold on to the SUV for at least 2.5 to 3 years there so considering this kind of time, what should one choose - a Rogue or a Forester. They don't plan on driving in extreme weather conditions, neither any off-roading. The requirement would be a reliable SUV which they can use to drive out 200-300 miles every weekend, helps them in get huge boxes from shopping malls home and something that drives well. Better safety features would definitely be a plus.
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How does a Nissan Rogue (2010) with 30k miles on odo sound at 17k? There's another 4 years of warranty left or 70k miles (whichever is earlier).



Any pros/cons of Nissan Rogue? Any other SUVs that she should look out for? She wishes to finalize the deal tomorrow or day after max.
I have driven Nissan Rogue quiet a few times as a rental. I am very impressed with the car because of its handling, suspension, power, brakes.
The ride was also very silent and the stock music system is also good.
Lots of boot space as well.
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One of the dealers that my sis went to was highly praising the Forester that we was driving before planning to certify it a few days/weeks later.

This has got us thinking whether Forester is that better than Rogue. However, a 2009 Forester with 30k on the odo is $19k onwards whereas similar mileage Rogue is going to cost $16.5-17k.

Is it worth putting in an extra $2-3k for a Forester against the S variant of Rogue?

They would hold on to the SUV for at least 2.5 to 3 years there so considering this kind of time, what should one choose - a Rogue or a Forester. They don't plan on driving in extreme weather conditions, neither any off-roading. The requirement would be a reliable SUV which they can use to drive out 200-300 miles every weekend, helps them in get huge boxes from shopping malls home and something that drives well. Better safety features would definitely be a plus.
I know its not a true blue SUV but have they looked at the Toyota Venza? If they want a simple A-B transport with loads of space, it just might work. Its not as tall as a SUV but is definitely longer than one.

They should be able to get a 2009-2010 in their budget.
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One of the dealers that my sis went to was highly praising the Forester that we was driving before planning to certify it a few days/weeks later.

This has got us thinking whether Forester is that better than Rogue. However, a 2009 Forester with 30k on the odo is $19k onwards whereas similar mileage Rogue is going to cost $16.5-17k.

Is it worth putting in an extra $2-3k for a Forester against the S variant of Rogue?

They would hold on to the SUV for at least 2.5 to 3 years there so considering this kind of time, what should one choose - a Rogue or a Forester. They don't plan on driving in extreme weather conditions, neither any off-roading. The requirement would be a reliable SUV which they can use to drive out 200-300 miles every weekend, helps them in get huge boxes from shopping malls home and something that drives well. Better safety features would definitely be a plus.
Does your sister have kids? If they are stuck to SUV then Honda pilot might be a good option; its 4WD and can be used only if needed. 09-10 will set you back for around 20K. Since you mentioned "huge boxes", they can also look for minivan like Honda Odyssey's which are mom's favorite for sliding doors and huge storage space.
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One of the dealers that my sis went to was highly praising the Forester that we was driving before planning to certify it a few days/weeks later.

This has got us thinking whether Forester is that better than Rogue. However, a 2009 Forester with 30k on the odo is $19k onwards whereas similar mileage Rogue is going to cost $16.5-17k.

Is it worth putting in an extra $2-3k for a Forester against the S variant of Rogue?
Food for thought.

Some surprising results here (although this is an old report, the vehicles in them would probably be the the ones in your frame of reference w.r.t. age and budget) --> http://ask.cars.com/2012/01/should-i...-forester.html

http://www.motorweek.org/reviews/com...k_suv_shootout

Some more to chew on:

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...n/viewall.html

http://iguida.com/2011-comparison-rogue-tucson-forester
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I looked at a couple of 2009-10 Forester models online, ranging between 18k to 21k, and the list of features (both safety and comfort/convenience) are way above what are listed against the Rogue.

Having read a lot of reviews yesterday night I reckon that Forester might be the way to go. Almost all reviews have put this as a winner hands down. I've shared this thread as well as other review links with my sister, along with a recommendation of mine to go for a certified Forester.

Now what she needs to evaluate is the warranty she'd be getting on the Forester as against the Rogue, extra features for 2-3k premium (the one for 19k had traction control, 4+ airbags, ABS, brake assist, electronic stability and what not) and how the Forester is overall to drive against the Rogue.

Will keep you all posted.
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