Rio Rancho, NM experiences some of the toughest arid desert climates in the state. And during wet seasons, the rain can turn torrential in an instant. As such, locals need a vehicle that can straddle these two extreme climates with ease.
Enter the 2016 Nissan Rouge.
Step on the Rouge’s pedal and you’ll find a continuously variable transmission (CVT) system that ensures a smooth highway ride regardless of road conditions. The CVT controls the gaps between its gears to simulate an automatic transmission with infinite gear-shifting capabilities. A roomy interior, upscale look and feel, versatile interior storage and user-friendly tech options ensure that the Rouge’s ride is stylish as it is comfortable.
Powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, the 2016 Rouge comes in front-wheel and all-wheel drive variants. The EPA estimates that the vehicle’s front wheel drive variants will deliver an average fuel rating of 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined. All-wheel drive versions on the other hand, are expected to achieve a fuel score of 25 mpg in the city, 32 on the highway, and 28 mpg combined. For the uninitiated, these are really good fuel efficiency numbers.
Just as impressive is the electric power steering which has been a bane for some vehicles, but a boon for the Rouge. It takes to shifting and maneuvering with ease, and the wheels don’t wander about when traversing grooved concrete.
All in all, the Nissan Rouge makes a good case for being the best car for Rio Rancho’s roads. Visit a Nissan Rio Rancho dealer near you and get to know the vehicle a little bit better.