2008 Nissan Rogue Review

2008-nissan-rogue Nissan is late to the compact SUV / CUV game – the 2008 Rogue is their first entry here in the US. As some like to say, though – it doesn’t matter if you’re late to the part, as long as you’re the best dressed. While the Rogue may not be the best compact CUV on the market, it definitely stands up to the competition.

When you see the Rogue, especially from the side, you can’t help but think “Baby Murano”, which isn’t a bad thing. After all, the Murano has a great profile, and the Rogue quite possibly looks even better. Downsizing done right, in this case. The front is the only part that doesn’t really work for me – it’s a little loud. But I supposed a little too loud is better than being boring and lost in the crowd, right?

Performance is solid, on par for the class. By “the class” I mean, of course, the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 4 cylinder. Nissan only offers a 4 cylinder in the Rogue, so the V6 RAV4 will blow it away. But when compared to it’s 4 cylinder competition, performance is on par. You won’t win any drag races against Corvettes, nor will you beat a Lotus Elise on a slalom course, but that’s not what the Rogue is for. It rides smoothly, holds 5 people and a ton of cargo with no complaints, and returns solid gas mileage for a vehicle of it’s size. 22 MPG city 27 MPG highway is a notch better than the CR-V.

2008 Nissan Rogue Specs
  • 170 HP 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine
  • CVT – Continuously variable transmission
  • FWD or AWD available
  • Available leather, Bluetooth, and intelligent key
  • EPA Says : 22 mpg city / 27 mpg highway
2008 Nissan Rogue Reviews

Autoblog reviews the 2008 Nissan Rogue and doesn’t particularly care for it – ‘If the 16-inch steel wheels with plastic covers don’t tip you off to the Rogue’s econo-car roots, the performance will. Mating a 2.5-liter, 170-HP four-cylinder to a CVT does nothing to make the Rogue more likable. Acceleration is gradual, and while some probably like how a CVT eliminates gear changes, we’re pretty sure most Autobloggers prefer the feel of first to second to third. As a reward for putting up with a CVT, drivers should see greatly improved fuel economy. But we wouldn’t call the Rogue’s 22 city, 27 highway greatly improved.’

The Garage reviews the 2008 Nissan Rogue and disagrees with the above review – ‘It’s tough to give an honest road review after only 20 minutes in any vehicle, but if first impressions count, the Rogue is a winner. The 170 horsepower, 2.5 liter 4 cylinder is coupled to a CVT just like big bro and it hauls the Rogue along quite smartly. On the twisty road leading into the Split Rock Resort, the Rogue handled like a decent sports sedan. The ride is comfortably firm, offering the driver good feedback without being obtrusive.’

Cars.com reviews the 2008 Nissan Rogue and writes – ‘The Rogue also lived up to its sporty roots in the handling department. While the steering felt loose at low speeds, it really tightened up the faster I went. I was tuned into the turns on windy roads, and the feel of the wheel was dead-on. Road and wind noise was minimal, and the suspension provided a soft ride, which many “sporty” SUVs abandon for a firmer one. I don’t understand why some manufacturers seem to think an SUV needs to feel like a sports car in the ride department, and after hitting a stretch of pothole-filled roads I was very glad Nissan feels the same way.’

Published on October 19, 2007 in Nissan

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