2008 Nissan Rogue

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2008 Nissan Rogue Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Nissan Rogue was new.

The Rogue offers a relatively comfortable highway ride with plenty of interior space and some upscale touches for an affordable price. However, it doesn't offer the V6 power or proven reliability of many of its competitors, so it's ranked near the middle of its large class.

7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.8
Safety: 9.5
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Affordable base price relative to competition
  • Upscale interior with spacious rear seat
  • Lots of innovative interior storage spaces
  • No interior options available on base model
  • Some dislike the gearless CVT transmission and sometimes-stiff ride
  • Unproven reliability (because it's a new model)

2008 Nissan Rogue Overview

Our analysis shows that the new-for-2008 Nissan Rogue is a pleasant and functional highway cruiser. "On its first try, Nissan has produced a good-looking and spirited small SUV," says Car and Driver. "It doesn't have a third row or optional V-6 power, but there are plenty of small-SUV buyers who desire neither feature. The Rogue has the rest of the small-sport-ute checklist covered." Reviews say they love the Rogue's cargo versatility and economical sticker price. Competitors include the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 -- both longtime leaders in the compact SUV class. The Rogue ranks in the bottom half of the affordable crossover SUV class.

Beyond its low sticker price, the Rogue can boast good fuel economy.  Its 22/27 mpg rating places it near the top of the compact SUV class -- an important cost consideration amid record gas prices.

The Rogue is available in two trims -- the base S and luxurious SL -- in either front- or all-wheel drive.

  • "Without any real standout quality, the Rogue has a hard time making a case for itself in the panoply of competitors." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "With prices starting under $20,000 for a base, front-drive S and topping out at roughly $26,000 for a loaded, all-wheel-drive SL with leather, sunroof, Bose audio, and Xenon headlamps, the Rogue should prove to be friendly on the wallet." -- Motor Trend
  • "Overall, the Rogue is a fun, sporty and cool-looking compact crossover." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Bottom line: If you need rugged, off-road capability, get an Xterra. If you want a kinder, gentler station wagon that you don't have to call a station wagon, get the Rogue." -- Orlando Sentinel
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