I just purchased my Mom a 2017 Nissan Rogue SL (all options). She has back issues (degenerative Scoliosis) and at age 70, it's already past the time she can really do anything about it. Her 2013 Altima S was irritating her back even more by having to pull herself out of a lower car and the seats having no lumbar support. As she is retired, and really can't afford a car payment, I decided to buy her the Rogue. I believe we got a great deal. MSRP of the 2017 Rogue SL was $33,825. I was able to get the dealer to drop the price down too $29,471 after about 3 times back and forth. With her trade $9700, the total of the car came out to $19771 before TTL. All set and done it was $21,400,80. I believe we got a great deal. What do you guys think? Haven't signed the papers yet, but I will tomorrow. Sales guy is also buying us a WeatherTech rear floor mat for it. I have the details below of all the cars we drove today. Enjoy.
Here is the list of cars we all drove today.
1. 2017 Nissan Rogue SL (all options, safety, etc)
2. 2017 Chevy Equinox Premier
3. 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 GT, iActive/Tech
4. 2017 RAV-4, Limited
The CX-5 was just too rough and just a bit too small It was the perfect height, but she couldn't stand the ride. Also the stereo controls with the knob going to be too difficult for her to get use too. The seats were a bit too small as well in width so it made it not as comfortable. To me, it handled great, but I like sporty cars. She also said the steering was really heavy and she believes it may hurt her shoulder again (rotator cuff injury). Heated seats didn't really feel like they were heating our backs up at all. We did drive one with 17" wheels, it wasn't much better on the ride.
The RAV4 was not very stable on the highway. It wondered a lot. It was also very cheaply built inside. A lot of hard plastics. It rode nice however and had a lot of rear seat room. Heated seats did great in this one. And it was a bit more expensive, even at invoice pricing. It was the highest of the 4.
Equinox, they only had two colors, but she liked the ride a lot. Smooth riding, stable highway. However she didn't want white, and that is all they had except a blue one, and again all the cheap hard plastics everywhere. Too many buttons. Comfortable seats, great heated seats. Not as many safety features as the Mazda, Rogue or Rav4. Price was comparable to the Rogue after discounts. It was her 2nd choice. It was also a bit too big for what she wanted.
Rogue SL. This car was the perfect car. It had very good handling without the punishment of ride. It also has bigger wheels, but they didn't effect how smooth the ride was. It has all the safety features from blind spot, cruise control distance control, auto high beams, emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, etc. Seats were the most comfortable of the bunch, with great heated seats. Heated steering wheel. Roomy for it's size. Panoramic Sunroof. Rode smooth and stable on the highway which was the biggest concern with how well she got in and out of the car. Perfect height. It was also the cheapest of the 4.
Here is a picture attached of what it looks like, just not the one we are getting. Same color and options.