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2010 Nissan Rogue

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2010 Nissan Rogue Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2010

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 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.

2010 Nissan Rogue Details
2010 Nissan Rogue photo Interior

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
2010 Nissan Rogue photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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)

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2010 Nissan Rogue Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 377 Ratings for the 2008 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Get it if you can

By on Monday, July 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great car"

Cons: "have a mechanic out side the dealership"

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

"No complaints on this car . if you find it for a fair price get it. ride mileage reliability cant lose."

New Transmission at 60000-are you kidding me?

By on Thursday, June 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
1/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "nice interior and exterior"

Cons: "Everything related to the CVT"

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

"I cannot understand why Nissan would not recall this car. It is a very dangerous situation when driving on the highway at 70mph and all of a sudden you lose acceleration. This is an issue that happens after about an hour and a half of driving. The car has been looked at numerous times, and now needs a new transmission. It has already had a new mass air flow system put in and now this."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Looks great and is reliable car.

By on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great body design, to the point performnace"

Cons: "Los of power after inclining for one and 1/2 hours"

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

"Great basic car. My 2009 is really pretty in the light silver with the old school faceted front grill. I don't like how boxie they got after the year 2014. Mine is round and the lines are great. I know its going to be a classic in years to come. The ride is tight like a sports car. You sit up in the chair like an SUV so its comfortable. I've driven long distance to Cali and back, through snow, up to the 14er's. It does have a mechanical flaw that is a common problem with this make and model. After about an hour and a half of ascending, which we do here in the rocky mountains to get over the pass, the car literally loses power to around 20 to 30 mph. It's a computer issue sending the wrong info to...whatever. Yep, its bad, but the Nissan dealers know about this and will fix it if you are still under warranty. If you are looking to buy one, do make sure that this not going to be a problem with yours...get it in writing. That's the only problem. I put truck tires on mine and have a lot of fun getting to great hiking spots, camping, picking the kids up etc."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love my Rogue Select

By on Monday, May 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "good price"

Cons: "blind spot when looking to the side for other traf"

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

"I have had many cars since I started driving over 50 years ago. I have to say my Rogue has been one of my favorite cars. It is just perfect for me and my wife. It is easy to get in and out of, has all the power we need, and if comfortable to ride in. I would recommend it to others."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

defective CVT transmissions in all Nissans

By on Monday, April 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "interior and drive are good when it runs"

Cons: "CVT is garbage and should be recalled"

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

"until the transmission died I was happy with this vehicle. after my transmission died I found out about ALL the problems with the cvt. nissan only offers a rebuilt with a ONE YEAR waranty! This should have been recalled, never buy a nissan with cvt!"

14 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Disappointed in Nissan

By on Monday, April 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great size"

Cons: "unreliable, few cup holders, transmission problems"

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

"Nissan makes bad crossover vehicles and refuses to recall. This vehicle, like the Murano have a long history of transmission issues and Nissan charges their customers for every penny of repair. It has been giving me transmission and electrical issues for many months, even after spending $2300 for my 100,000 mile service. I do not feel safe in this car. I had high hopes. Going with Honda or any other dependable brand from here on out."

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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