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2009 Nissan Rogue Review

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2009 Nissan Rogue


Among the sea of ​​other crossover SUVs on the market today is the Nissan Rogue. A sort of mini-Murano, the Rogue blurs the lines between car and SUV.

Built from a Nissan Sentra platform, the Murano's little brother handles and handles like a car, but with the space and convenience of an SUV.

New in 2009

Options and finishes

Trim levels

Engines and transmission

Fuel Economy



Price and warranty

Before buying


< p>New for 2009

The 2009 Nissan Rogue is virtually unchanged from 2008, which was its first year. The only difference is more options for the SL trim such as trip computer, speed sensitive door locks, outside temperature display, two-tier center console tray, mood lighting and a few other little things.

Options and variants

Trim levels

The 2009 Nissan Rogue is available in two trim levels: S and SL, both available in front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive. drive (AWD). The S trim is the base model, which comes standard with the basics: 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, ABS, keyless entry, tilt steering wheel, power accessories and a basic 4-up sound system -speakers with auxiliary jack and a single-disc CD player.

Climbing into the SL trim you get 17-inch alloy wheels, body-color power door mirrors, roof rails, 6-way adjustable driver's seat, rear tinted glass and polished exhaust tip . The Rogue SL will also offer you additional options: manual shift mode with paddle shifters on the steering wheel, HID headlights, trip computer, fog lights, Bose audio system with 6 CD changer and 8 speakers, satellite radio XM, Intelligent Keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, leather seats and rear foldable cargo organizer. Many of them come in the form of a Premium pack and a Leather pack. The SL upgrade will cost you around $1500 more, plus options.

Additional options for both versions include a power sunroof, rear spoiler, mud flaps and other accessories.

Engines and Transmission

The Rogue S and SL are both powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 170 horsepower and a continuously variable transmission (CVT.) There are no other options for the Rogue, but there is doesn't need to be. The transmission shifts well and provides good fuel economy.

Fuel economy

MPG (city/highway)

4 cylinders





Fuel mileage is similar to other small SUVs, but it would be nice if it could get that economy without the CVT, because it's not for everyone.


The word I hear most commonly used to describe the Rogue is "cute". Although it could be considered a mini-Murano, the Rogue has a much more conservative design than its bigger sibling. The new Murano design is ugly (in my opinion) compared to the previous design, but the Rogue has sleek styling that makes up for it.

Inside, the Rogue is equally conservative. The red and black cloth seats are nice (although a little overdone.) The controls are exactly where they should be, and the steering wheel controls are great to have, although there are too many lined up on the steering wheel , which can be confusing at times. Depending on your taste, the conservative (I'd call it bland) interior is good or bad, but compared to many other small SUV competitors such as the exceptional Toyota RAV4, it needs a refresh.


Our test car: Nissan Rogue SL FWD with Premium Package and moonroof. MSRP: $26120

The Rogue is one of the best in the small SUV segment in terms of handling. Built on the Nissan Sentra platform, the Rogue is tight in the corners and car-like, but could use some better road feel, as you'll occasionally feel disconnected from the driving experience. Ride comfort in the Rogue was surprisingly smooth and comfortable. The Rogue's excellent handling shouldn't be ignored, as it does a better job than any other small SUV I've driven.

The obligatory 2.5 liter engine was very well suited for the thief. Although the 170 horsepower didn't blow me away, it was capable enough for anything you'd need to do in a small SUV.

So what didn't I like about the Rogue? Well, the seats don't hold the driver in place as well as they could, and the driving position is too high for taller drivers like me. Nissan also transformed the rear quarter windows into a rear-facing triangle, effectively reducing rearward visibility. Finally, the CVT felt very “rubbery,” especially when entering higher RPMs. The constant hum of the engine as the CVT keeps it in the same rpm range throughout acceleration quickly becomes annoying.

Price and warranty

The 2009 Nissan Rogue starts at $19,430 for base and FWD trim. Access to the SL version costs an additional $1540, and upgrading from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive on either version will cost $1200.

– 3 year/36,000 mile base warranty – 5 year/60,000 mile transmission – 3 year/36,000 mile road side – 5 year/unlimited mileage rust

Before buying

Most people who get to know the Rogue are going to love it, mostly because of its car-like handling, smooth ride, and cute looks. Something to keep in mind though - make sure there's enough cargo space for you, as some rivals offer more space than the Rogue. Also, make sure the transmission is good enough for you by revving it hard on city streets and on the highway. Finally, pay close attention to the lack of rearward visibility due to the rear window to make sure this won't be a problem.


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