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2009 Nissan Rogue Review

A stylish compact crossover that offers a fun drive.

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Overview

The 2009 Nissan Rogue is a pleasingly-styled SUV crossover, and although it is more compact than other models on the market, it does have a lot to offer. It comes in just two models: the S and the SL.

Both models contain a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, and both come with either front drive or all-wheel drive (AWD). It looks like a smaller cousin to the Murano and suits anyone who doesn't need a midsize crossover SUV, but who wants the versatility these types of vehicles offer. With more cargo room and some great features, the Rogue provides an excellent choice for city commuters.

The Range

Body styles: compact SUV crossover
Engines: 2.5-liter four cylinder
Transmissions: continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Models: Nissan Rogue S, Nissan Rogue SL

What's New

The 2009 Nissan Rogue has no changes from the previous model.

Exterior

The exterior styling of the Nissan Rogue appeals to drivers, managing to be stylish and modern. It comes in two different trims, both of which can be purchased with AWD or front drive. The S trim level represents the base model, which comes with 16-inch steel wheels and keyless entry. Unfortunately, Nissan does not offer any options on this model.

The SL model provides more luxury and includes 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted windows, and roof rails. This model also has a couple of options available for upgrades. These include foglights, sound headlights, and manual shift control for the transmission. A sunroof can be added as a stand-alone option.

Interior

The interior comfortably seats five passengers, and all models come with cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and an auxiliary jack. The more luxurious SL model comes with some very tempting additional options.

SL model options include a seven-speaker Bose audio system with a six-CD changer and MP3, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and satellite radio. The leather package for the SL includes luxurious leather upholstery and heated front seats, a leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob, a six-way power driver’s seat, heated side mirrors, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Although the Nissan Rogue is a stylish little SUV, it does suffer from limited rear visibility. However, the interior offers extreme comfort and an intuitive layout, where it uses only quality materials. Correctly placed controls make the Rogue effortless to drive, and while it may be too small to have numerous storage options, it does have an enormous glove box, a good-sized center console bin, and an ingenious under-floor organizer. The seating compares extremely well with other models in this class, but the rear seats don't recline or slide backwards or forwards, and they lack a center armrest. Even with the back seats stowed, the Rogue offers less storage space than competing models.

Performance & Handling

The Rogue has excellent suspension, so you won't feel every single pothole in the road. It remains very stable on the highway, and as a smaller SUV, it has a good stopping distance. The steering responds well, and the only let down is the CVT, which appears to be somewhat unresponsive. This makes it feel like an underpowered compact crossover, even though it has a perfectly sized engine for the job.

In spite of this, it remains a really great, fun car to drive. If you don't need extra cargo space or the ability to go offroad too often, then this compact crossover offers an excellent choice. Its fuel economy compares to that of its competitors, and many prefer the fact that it drives like a car rather than a truck.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on all Rogue models includes anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with traction control and brake assist, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and front head restraints. The Rogue has achieved near perfect test results in just about all of the crash tests conducted for both front and rear side-impact collisions.

EPA Fuel Economy

Nissan Rogue S: 22/27 mpg city/highway
Nissan Rogue SL: 22/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Stylish exterior
  • Well-appointed interior
  • Great safety record

You Won't Like

  • Poor vision through the rear window
  • Lack of cargo space

Sum Up

A stylish compact crossover that offers a fun drive.

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