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2008 Nissan Rogue Sport Utility Crossover

FWD 4dr S

Starting at | Starting at 22 MPG City - 27 MPG Highway

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2008 Nissan Rogue Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Nissan Rogue Sport Utility Crossover

Fuel efficiency is a major selling point for Nissan's new 2008 Rogue crossover; EPA fuel economy figures range up to 22 city, 27 highway. The interior promises to be flexible for cargo demands, with a front passenger seat that folds flat, and Nissan also says that the Rogue is one of the longest vehicles in its class, allowing good back-seat and cargo space.

What's new for 2008?

The 2008 Nissan Rogue is an all-new, budget-price compact crossover utility vehicle, breaking into a long-established class that includes vehicles like the Saturn Vue, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Subaru Forester.

Model Strengths

  • Contemporary styling
  • fuel efficiency
  • cargo flexibility
  • low price.

Model Review

Nissan's sleek new 2008 Rogue comes in just two models, S and SL, and both are powered by a single powertrain, a 170-horsepower, 2.5L aluminum-block four-cylinder engine and 'shiftless' Xtronic CVT automatic, with either front-wheel drive or the so-called Intuitive all-wheel-drive system, which comes with yaw moment control for added stability on slippery road surfaces. Paddle shifters are available for those who want to control the CVT's shifts through a set of simulated gears.

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Review: 2008 Nissan Rogue

Source: MSN Autos

Japanese automakers long have put unusual names on cars not sold in America. But Nissan's 2008 Rogue has a name that should play well both in Japan and America because it looks sexy and is pretty fast - at least for a practical 4-cylinder vehicle.

The refined Rogue is Nissan's first entry in the increasingly crowded compact SUV/crossover-utility vehicle market. It comes in S and higher-line SL trim levels with front- or all-wheel drive.

Prices are competitive. They start at $19,250 for the front-wheel-drive S, which costs $20,450 with all-wheel drive. They end at $21,870 for the SL with all-wheel drive. The front-wheel-drive SL lists at $20,670.

Even the S is pretty well-equipped, with such items as air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD audio system, split/fold rear bench seat and power windows, mirrors and locks with remote keyless entry.

The SL has more standard equipment and is offered with options not available for the S. Major SL extras include an $800 moonroof, $1,800 Leather Package that contains a power driver's seat and heated leather-covered seats.

Standard for both trim levels are front-seat side airbags and side-curtain airbags for both seating rows.

Smooth, Potent Engine
A smooth, sophisticated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that produces 170 horsepower transmits power through a responsive continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

You can get the CVT with optional steering-wheel paddle shifters, but they're rather superfluous for most because the Rogue only weighs about 3,400 pounds and thus has lively acceleration without the need for manual shifting.

Fake Ratios
A CVT has no "set" number of gear ratios, but some automakers give such a transmission electronically fake ratios so those accustomed to conventional transmissions feel more comfortable with this fairly new type of transmission. The Rogue thus has six preset ratios that mimic a conventional transmission's ratios.

Fuel economy with front-wheel drive is an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 27 on highways. The figures are 21 and 26 with the versatile all-wheel-drive system. That's not much of a mileage hardship, considering the added traction provided by all-wheel drive, which often causes estimated economy to slip more in both city and highway driving.

The Rogue accelerates quickly, with a brisk 65-75 mph passing time and good acceleration to highway cruising speeds. The 4-cylinder seemingly provides the punch of a decent V6.

Fun to Drive
Moreover, the Rogue is fun to drive. It is very car-like because it's based on Nissan's Sentra compact sedan. The power rack-and-pinion steering is quick and easy, and the all-independent suspension provides a ride that's firm but supple.

While handling is good, the Rogue doesn't like being pushed too hard because it has front-heavy (60 percent) weight distribution. Stability and traction control systems help keep the Rogue on the road in dicey conditions.

Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution assure steady stopping, and the brake pedal has the right amount of firmness.

Roomy
The Rogue provides the room expected in a well-designed compact SUV/crossover. Four tall adults fit comfortably, with an especially roomy back seat.

The floor is a little higher than a car's, so extra effort is needed to get in. But door handles are large, and front door openings are wide. On the other hand, rear door openings should be wider for easier entry and exit. Interior handles for all doors are large.

Nice Interior
The good-looking interior has decent plastics and metallic trim. It's quiet in there even at highway speeds, and controls for the sound and climate control systems are large. The driver's power window controls are conveniently placed on the door, and the dual console cupholders are deep to handle large beverage containers.

A pull-down hook on the rear of the front passenger seat can hold such items as a purse or dry cleaning - a small, but thoughtful, touch.

A manual-tilt steering wheel helps various-sized drivers get comfortable, but the oddly styled fuel and coolant temperature gauges are tiny. The plastic pull-out rear cupholders look sturdy, but are set low near the floor at the rear of the front console. The glove compartment is especially large, and front doors have storage pockets.

Easy Cargo Loading
The low, wide opening to the large cargo area enhances loading, and rear seatbacks can be flipped forward for more cargo space.

A moderately deep covered area below the rear of the cargo floor allows you to conceal objects, besides providing an area for wet or dirty items.

New Rogue owners may search in vain for awhile to find the manual hood prop because it's on the underside of the hood instead of being conventionally located low and near the radiator. But the sideways mounted engine allows lots of room under the hood for easy access to fluid filler areas.

The nicely built Rogue should do well in its rookie year because it's stylish, practical and should be cheap to own and operate.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. Only Nissan models less than 6 years old and under 80,000 miles qualify for the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program. The CARFAX® Vehicle History Report ensures your vehicle has a clean title history.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer & less than 80,000 miles.
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 167 point comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and reconditioning. Inspection includes OEM service bulletins and recalls, diagnostic trouble codes, powertrain/chassis, body frame, road test, interior and body exterior.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes for the duration of the 7 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty No/Yes with the purchase of the CPO Wrap Coverage at time of sale. Fee to transfer is estimated to be $50
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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