2008 SUOTY Contender Road Test: 2008 Nissan Rogue
As its name implies, the Nissan Rogue stands apart. This brand-new car-based cute 'ute is one of the smallest contestants--giving up 2400 pounds to the Toyota Land Cruiser and 19 inches in length to the Buick Enclave.
The Rogue is fun to drive--garnering much praise for its game paddle-shiftable CVT. More than one editor took note of the Rogue's tossability and small-car driving dynamics on the canyon twisties.
Our fully loaded SL AWD Rogue did show its off-road cred by scampering over some light trails with ease. Credit its lockable AWD system and light (for this group) 3500-pound curb weight.
Not surprising, given its small size, the Rogue is a bit tight in the back seat, though it does score high marks for its front- and rear-seat comfort. Interior styling was less well received, but it's still miles ahead of a vehicle like the Patriot.
So with handsome, Murano-esque styling, a kickin' stereo, and cool features like a pop-up grocery-bag holder, what's not to love? In its rookie year, the Rogue makes a strong case, but just doesn't separate itself enough from veteran heavyweights like Honda's CR-V and Toyota's RAV4.
|2008 Nissan Rogue|
|Base price range||$19,000-$23,000 (est)|
|Price as tested||$26,000 (est) (SL AWD)|
|Vehicle layout||Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV|
|Engine||2.5L/170-hp/175-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4|
|Transmission||Cont. variable auto|
|Curb weight (f/r dist)||3529 lb (59/41%)|
|Length x width x height||182.9 x 70.9 x 65.3 in|
|0-60 mph||8.9 sec|
|Quarter mile||16.8 sec @ 84.2 mph|
|Braking, 60-0 mph||131 ft|
|Lateral acceleration||0.76 g (avg)|
|MT Figure Eight||28.8 sec @ 0.56 g (avg)|
|EPA city/hwy fuel econ||21/26 mpg|
|CO2 emissions||0.84 lb/mile|
|Bottom Line||More carlike than SUV. Fun to drive, too. Simply doesn't make enough of a statement.|