Nissan Rogue’s VC-Turbo engine named to ‘Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems’ list for 2022

High-tech powertrain delivers impressive fuel economy, engaging driving experience
2023 Nissan Rogue has been named to the Ward’s 10Best Engines List

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nissan Rogue's 1.5-liter Variable Compression (VC) Turbo engine is named to "Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems" list for 2022. Standard on all Rogue grades, it delivers enhanced power and best-in-class gas engine fuel economy1 and torque2.

Wards has recognized the pinnacle of automotive powertrain engineering since 1995, and Nissan's achievement for 2022 marks the company's 19th trophy in those 28 years.

Winners are evaluated based on several factors including horsepower, torque, noise, fuel economy, comparative specifications and applications of new technology. This year, the judges began testing from a group of 29 all-new or vastly improved engines, by putting them through the paces of daily life – commuting, road trips and running errands.

"This engine inspires words that never have been uttered in the same sentence as '3-cyl. engine': very smooth, exceptionally quiet during idle, pleasant to drive in traffic or on the highway," says Judge Drew Winter.

"It's a broken record, but what the VC-Turbo is doing inside that engine is remarkable and innovative," says Judge Bob Gritzinger. "Applying the same technology to a small-displacement 3-cyl. takes it to another audience and customer in the best-selling Rogue."

Nissan's class-exclusive VC-Turbo engine can seamlessly vary its compression ratio to optimize for increased power output or for greater efficiency, as needed by the driving scenario. A new generation XTRONIC transmission works in tandem with the engine to help deliver improved acceleration feel and reduced fuel consumption.

A detailed video on Nissan's VC-Turbo technology can be viewed on Nissan's YouTube channel.

The Nissan Rogue is functional for family life, packed with helpful technology, featuring striking design and providing impressive value for crossover drivers. More information on the Nissan Rogue, including specifications, fuel economy, pricing, photos and video, is located in the full press kit.

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  1. AutoPacific segmentation (excluding hybrids and electric vehicles). 2022 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates from 30 City/37 Highway to 33 Combined for 2022 Nissan Rogue.
  2. AutoPacific segmentation. Comparison based on 2022 Nissan Rogue S vs. latest in-market competitors in Mid-Size XSUV Segment (excluding hybrids and electric vehicles). Base models compared.

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