By KBB.com Editors
Today's consumers find themselves moving away from the big, oversized SUVs that once dominated American driveways, and looking towards more cost-effective transportation. It's no surprise, therefore, that so many automakers have joined the small-crossover party, offering SUV-like vehicles with much more agreeable fuel economy. Nissan has decided to throw its hat into the ring with the sporty and nimble Rogue. The base model is comparatively bare, 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, Subaru Forester, Ford Escape and the redesigned Chevrolet Equinox and Hyundai Tucson. With competitors like these and a lack of available V6 or navigation, the Rogue's price, styling and fuel economy may be its best selling points.
The 2010 Nissan Rogue handily out-styles the CR-V and RAV4, and is among the most fun-to-drive compact crossovers on the road.
If having a V6 powertrain or factory-installed navigation are at the top of your list, you will have to look elsewhere, as the Rogue does not offer either. The Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 may be better options.
New for 2010 is a 360-degree Value Package for the S trim and a new Krom Edition. The Value Package adds 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, privacy glass, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated rearview monitor, a rear spoiler and chrome grille. The Krom Edition touts a unique grille, wheels, exterior styling and paint.
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.
The interior is simple yet effective, with most of the necessary controls within easy reach of the driver. Cruise control buttons are placed 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 economical Sentra, the front of the 2010 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.
The base 2010 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. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and electronic traction control are also standard.
To keep the base Rogue around $21,000, 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. A dealer-installed portable navigation unit is available on all trims. Only the SL trim level is available with the comprehensive Premium Package, which includes Intelligent Key keyless entry and start, a Bose 7-speaker system and Nd Richbass subwoofer, six-disc CD/MP3 player, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, XM Satellite Radio, fog lights and xenon headlamps (AWD only). Also exclusive to the SL trim is a power glass moonroof. The all-wheel-drive system is available on both trim levels.
The 2010 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. 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. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/27 (FWD), 21/26 (AWD)
By TINA W on Friday, February 20, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great price, drives good, comfortable"
Cons: "Not good with the stock tires on snow and ice"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I love my Nissan Rogue Select, as long as the weather is not too snowy! Right now it is stuck in the middle of our road in about 8 inches of snow. The stock tires that come with the vehicle are not good for snow and ice, especially on hills. I have read other reviews that it does fine if snow tires are used to replace the all-weather tires that it comes with. Other than that, the fuel economy is great, compared to my last vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee, which only got me 12 mpg in town. The Rogue gets about double that number. It is comfortable, has plenty of get up and go and the storage system is great. Perfect for going on trips or just running around town."
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Blu on Saturday, February 14, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "360º Camera view for parking, comfort"
Cons: "No way to update navigation"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I was a hardcore Ford owner/driver but this Nissan changed my mind!! The value is awesome not to mention it holds a better trade in value (double the trade in value of a Ford)! I would only change a couple things and those are only menial conveniences like having a universal garage door opener or a way to update my navigation. I highly recommend a Nissan Rogue. the rear is as comfortable as the front to ride. 360º image of your surroundings from above"
2 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Steve on Friday, January 23, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Traction Control, Safe and nice looking SUV"
Cons: "Nothing at this time, overall very nice SUV"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This is a nice driving SUV. I did a lot of research and wanted a quality used SUV but something safe and reliable for my 16 old daughter. The Rogue drives very nice, it's simple but safe, very good traction control. Comfortable as well. Just enough power and not sluggish. My daughter loves it and I'm glad I made the purchase! My wife seems to really like it as well. She thinks it's the perfect size for our daughter's first vehicle. I found the better price on Rogues verses the CRV and Rav4. Great deal and happy with my purchase. I would buy another."
16 people out of 24 found this review helpful
By MNP on Tuesday, December 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,700overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great price, comfortable, roomy"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I absolutely love my car! I have the SL AWD and drove it from Chicago to LA November 2013. Ridiculously comfortable the entire trip (I drove 1/2 way - ~1,000 miles). Gas mileage - Fantastic! There is this annoying rattling noise that comes from the passenger right/dash area...not consistently and I just keep the music on to block it out. It has given me weird starting issues twice but started on the 2nd try both times. I think the back seat is super roomy for a smaller SUV and I don't know why people say the cargo area is small...? I had a 2001 Maxima and I can easily fit a lot more than I ever could into my Maxima's trunk...and remember I drove this cross-country so it was loaded to the max. Fit a lot of our stuff! There isn't a ton of power and I definitely had an adjustment period from a 6cyl Maxima to the Rogue, being a 4cyl. But it picks up pretty quickly on hwy once you understand how it drives. Handled really well and was fun to drive in the snow. Of course I bought AWD and then moved to LA 9mos later ;) I feel very safe in this car."
19 people out of 33 found this review helpful
By Arqubee on Monday, December 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,500overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks very good and externally attractive"
Cons: "Low in fuel efficiency during cold season 17/Gol"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"Before I bought this car I rent to drive when I was visiting GA in the summer of 2009. The car is looks sexy from out side but the interior was very crowded particularly front, mug holder area is very inconvenient. In August of 2014 I end up taking back to the dealer for some what looks like spraying water and they said it was loose muffler I was lucky enough it is in the warranty period and the fixed it with no charge. The most problem and I was dissatisfied with this car is its fuel inefficiency particularly during the cold season. for example this is just beginning of December and it runs only 17 miles gallon I am really disappointed. Also the tire comes with it was very cheap and I end up changing a week a go. I am not sure if I can recommend anyone to buy this car particularly if you live a place getting cold like MN."
5 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By vphjr on Saturday, December 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,600overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "good mileage and handels great"
Cons: "cup holders inconvient for driver"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Bought this car in May and have made 2 trips in it. It handles good and gets great mileage. It is a little hard for me to get in and out as I'm 6'4" and in my 70's. There are a lot of little things that need to be redesigned but over all I like it"
11 people out of 20 found this review helpful