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2008 Nissan Rogue

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2008 Nissan Rogue Review

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With gas prices rising in recent years and consumers looking towards more cost-effective transportation, it is no surprise that so many automakers have joined the small-crossover party, offering SUV-like vehicles with much more agreeable fuel economy. This year Nissan decided to throw its hat into the ring, introducing the aggressively-styled and nimble Rogue. The base model is comparatively bare (to meet its under-$20,000 price-point), but the long list of available features, including Bluetooth and all-wheel drive, means that the Rogue can be customized to suit just about any lifestyle. The Rogue stands to compete in a rapidly growing segment, against the likes of the established and successful Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and the redesigned Saturn VUE. With competitors like these and a lack of an available V6, the Rogue's price and fuel economy may be its best selling points.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2008 Nissan Rogue starts just under $20,000 – slightly less than any other four-cylinder crossover – and offers Bluetooth and fuel economy that bests category-leading offerings from Toyota and Honda.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If having a V6 powertrain or in-dash navigation are at the top of your list, you will have to look elsewhere, as the Rogue does not offer either. The Ford Escape, Saturn VUE, Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 may be better options.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2008 Nissan Rogue – based on the same platform as the Sentra – is the automaker's first foray into fuel-efficient small-crossover territory. With the base S model starting just under $20,000, it is also Nissan's most affordable SUV and makes use of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and smooth Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to offer segment-impressive fuel economy.

Driving the Rogue

Driving Impressions In the SL all-wheel-drive (AWD) version that we tested, acceleration with the Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) was smooth and consistent. With this "gearless" transmission, the car maintained an even...

and very smooth pace down the road, although, during harder acceleration, such as in passing and through some hilly areas, the engine could easily be heard. Winding, curving back-country roads were easy to negotiate, thanks to the electric power-assisted steering, and the suspension kept body roll well under control. The "Intuitive" AWD (as Nissan calls it), distributes the driving torque between the front and rear wheels as needed, and would be particularly helpful in areas of bad weather and slippery conditions. Also beneficial in such conditions is the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with traction control, which helps keep the vehicle headed the direction the driver intends and thus reduces the chances of losing control on slick surfaces.

Sizeable Glove Box
The Rogue's glove compartment is generously sized and can fit up to 34 CDs, a nice feature for those who can't travel without large music collections. Additionally, a removable partition allows you to customize the space to fit a myriad of items.

Nissan's Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Nissan is one of the few automakers to still embrace and refine CVT technology, and this second-generation transmission is incredibly smooth and gives the Rogue decent performance as well as good fuel economy.

2008 Nissan Rogue Details
Interior

The interior is simple yet effective, with most of the necessary controls within easy reach of the driver. Cruise control buttons are repeated on the steering wheel as an added convenience, although a few control functions are located somewhat awkwardly. Storage space is abundant, with perhaps the most useful interior feature being the oversized glove compartment that can swallow half a cubic foot of just about anything. Fitting into what Nissan calls "stealth ultra-functionality," a hidden cargo compartment in the rear, with plastic lining and mesh dividers, can store wet and dirty items out of sight, great for small things that might otherwise roll around loose.

Exterior

Built on the same platform as the new Sentra, the front of the 2008 Nissan Rogue S is graced by a body-colored bumper and grille flanked on either side by halogen headlights and topped with a low-swept hood and windshield. Looking lean and muscular, the sides extend over the wheel wells and the taillights wrap around to the rear liftgate. The overall effect gives the vehicle the look of Nissan's larger Murano SUV in miniature. Opting for the more upscale SL trim will add 17-inch alloy wheels (the base Rogue has 16-inch steel wheels), roof rails, body-colored outside mirrors, stainless steel exhaust and rear privacy glass.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2008 Nissan Rogue S has numerous convenient standard features, including steering wheel-mounted buttons for cruise control, four-way manually-adjustable front seats, an auxiliary input jack and power windows, locks and mirrors. The SL trim adds rear air ducts, two 12-volt power outlets and a six-way manually-adjustable driver's seat. Storage space in both models is abundant, with a cavernous glove compartment and removable partition to help organize random stuff, and a large center console that could swallow a tissue box or small purse. For occupant protection, the Rogue has front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, along with a rollover sensor.

Optional Equipment

To keep the base Rogue below the $20,000 mark, many desirable features are sold as packaged options (and mostly on the SL trim), including a leather steering wheel, shift knob and seats, roof-rail crossbars, fog lights, an auto-dimming mirror, Bluetooth, xenon headlights and remote-sensing start and entry. An additional tray for the center console is available to increase its organizing capabilities. Options to upgrade the audio system include a Bose 7-speaker system and Nd Richbass subwoofer, six-disc CD/MP3 player, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and XM Satellite Radio. Only the SL trim level is available with the comprehensive Premium Package (which includes paddle shifters for the CVT) and the optional power glass moonroof. The all-wheel-drive system and a portable Garmin navigation unit are available on both trim levels.

Under the Hood

The 2008 Nissan Rogue is offered in S and SL trims and both are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine matched to an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that is well-suited for everyday driving. A manual mode is offered on the SL trim, along with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. For those who need a vehicle that can tackle a variety of driving conditions and road surfaces, choosing all-wheel drive results in only minimal reductions in fuel economy.

2.5-liter in-line 4
170 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
175 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/27 (FWD), 21/26 (AWD)

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2008 Nissan Rogue Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 362 Ratings for the 2008 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

VERY BAD HEATING +COOLING SYSTEM.

By on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "really liked the car other wise"

Cons: "you end up shouting one side of the vents down."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"REAL WANTED DUAL CONTROL HEAT + COOLING SYSTEMS.BUT KEEP BOTH SIDES COLD OR HOT. HALF TO TURN IT UP TO 89 OR 90 TO GET ANY HEAT IF THE OTHER SIDE WANTS IT COLDER. DUAL DOES NOT WORK WE WENT BACK TO DEALER AND TRIED 2015 HAD THE SAME PROBLEM THET IS NOT DUAL HEAT CONTROLS. HAVE A HONDA PILOT AND THE DUAL CONTROL WORKS JUST FINE SAME WITH HONDA VAN NO PROBLEM. NOW HAVE TO TRADE CAR IN FOR A HONDA FOR I KNOW THE DUAL HEAT AND COOL DOES WORK FOR BOTH SIDE LIKE IT SHOULD. NOT HAPPY WITH NISSON THE SERVICE PEOPLE DID NOT KNOW WHY THIS WAS GOING ON AND SAID I HAD TO CALL CORPORATE OFFICE WHICH I HAVE A CLAIM # IN FOR THIS PROBLEM. I CALLED BACK 4 TIME AND THE PERSON NEVER RETURNED CALL."

Good comfortable SUV

By on Friday, August 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "comfortable drive"

Cons: "small screen for GPS, backup camera not so good"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Just bought a Nissan Rogue with SL package, everything looks ok, except the GPS screen size is too small and due to small screen, the all around camera does not seem very useful."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,650

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car. Fun to drive, comfortable on long trips"

Cons: "They need to make better axel boots!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It has had a few recalls but took it to dealership and it was fixed at no expense to me. If I can when the time comes, I will buy another Rogue! It is a very comfortable car."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Good small crossover

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: trade for larger vehicle

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "360 degree camera, navigation, heated seats"

Cons: "Road noise, Small interior, gas mileage, price"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Good car with lots of bells and whistles. Average gas mileage only between 23-24. Expected more. Too small interior. Has a lot of road noise. Overpriced."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great Vehicle

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "perfect fit not too big and not too small.."

Cons: "wish they came with leather"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had not major problems with this vehicle other than service and new tires. Great on gas mileage. Comfortable ride and overall a very good vehicle."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Avoid a 2012 CVT

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Style; spacious"

Cons: "Awful transmission; poor backing by company"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Nothing but problems since I bought my 2012 Nissan Rogue new. Owned it barely 2 years and transmission had to be replaced. One year later, transmission is pouring fluid. CVT acts weird when on a decline and coasting; RPMs rev way too high. Will never own another vehicle with a CVT!!"

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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