I bought this car to give myself and my two rapidly growing sons a little more room - both for us and our sports gear. Being spoiled by the EXCELLENT mileage of my 1993 Honda Civic (33/40 MPG), I wanted something that would still get good gas mileage.
After looking at the Honda Fit, Honda Element, Nissan Juke, and a few others, I found a great deal on this 2011 model, with a few miles left on the warranty. Within a month, I had to replace the battery and tires, but with 3 years/60k miles, that was expected - I typically replace batteries with a DieHard and mismatched tires with new ones, anyway, so no complaints. With the CVT, it took a bit of getting used to, but it gives surprisingly good acceleration when you step on it, but still gets a very respectable 23-25 MPG around town, and 27-31 MPG highway - depending on how much the Florida heat compels me to use the air conditioning.
I'm 6'3" and 225 lbs, and feel very comfortable in this vehicle, even on a couple of 9+ hour road trips. Set the cruise control. And the CVT does a remarkable job keeping a steady speed up and down hills. The AWD makes me feel safe in the frequent rain here in Florida, and the suspension is firm enough so that it doesn't feel as mushy in turns as many similarly sized SUVs.
I have enjoyed my first few months in this vehicle. Many fellow Rogue owners say great things about these vehicles, as does the garage that changes my oil. I look forward to many more years and miles in mine.