Flash Drive: 2009 Nissan Rogue
This 2009 review is representative of model years 2008 to 2013.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The Nissan Rogue may not be the most attractive crossover on the market, but it definitely does the job. It’s small and maneuverable, with big space on the inside. Rear seats are surprisingly roomy, and wide doors make getting in and out easy. Fold the rear seats down and the already large cargo space equals that of many full-size sport utes. Even the glove box is huge. To aid in fuel economy, Nissan equips the Rogue with its continuously variable transmission. While I find that most CVTs on the market rev too high without providing much power, Nissan seems to have mastered this technology, as it works quite well in the Rogue. The portable navigation system is a nice addition — a much smaller screen than the typical in-dash unit, but considerably more versatile. Just be careful with the options — loading up an SL AWD with navigation, sunroof and other nice features can push the price above $30K. – Perry Stern
The Nissan Rogue might look like a mini Murano, but not really in a good way. In my eyes, it’s a little weird and a little ugly. Thank goodness the car itself is fantastic. I managed more than 25 mpg, which is frankly amazing for such a big car. And there’s enough room to take four people and their bags to the airport for a two-week vacation. It was easy to find a comfortable seating position and no problem driving in traffic, on the freeway or around town. – Paul Hagger
The Rogue is Nissan’s contribution to the compact SUV crossover category. It provides lots of cargo room, decent ground clearance and great driver visibility. And it is packaged in a not-too-large chassis that is still easy to park. When driving in city traffic, it is easy to notice how efficient the CVT gearbox is; it always seems to be lugging the engine along at minimum rpms to achieve the best fuel efficiency. I achieved 27 mpg in mixed driving. The Rogue also comes with some cool integrated storage bins in the glove box and in the trunk — definitely helpful if you are carrying multiple items that could slide around. It also seats four comfortably, and passengers will enjoy the decent shoulder room and headroom. The Rogue must be considered when looking at a midsized crossover. – Joe Chulick